In India, dining is always an occasion and what an occasion this was. From the moment we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the staff and presented with their signature welcome drink - The Raj Rose Petal.
We were then escorted to the gorgeous Maharajah Private Dining Room by our hosts Nimita and Maalik. The evening was a journey of more than just taste as we were given insight into the story of The Raj. The Raj's master chefs are all from India and bring with them at least seven proud generations of Indian culinary knowledge and traditions. Each course was testament to the more than 16 years of pride that goes into every dish.
We were certainly not short on choice, flavour or knowledge as were learned the story and significance of each dish. Our authentic North Indian experience started with Shuruat, stuffed papadum with fruity chutney. A great way to get our tastebuds ready for the feast to follow.
Next we were treated to a selection of Raj Tandoori Signature Kebabs. Tandoori Springbok, Murgh Malai, Paneer Tikka and Punjabi Samoosa.
The true spice of the evening came when mains were served and again we were spoiled for choice. Lamb Roganjosh, Butter Chicken, Prawns Madras, Methi Aloo and Dhal Makhni accompanied by Tandoori Breads, Peas Pulao and Raita Cucucumber.
After such a decadent display, we ended off the night with delicious desserts, Saffron Kulfi, Halwa Samoosa, Gulabjamon and a customary cup of Masala Tea.
It's clear to see the passion and heart in every moment of dining at The Raj and there is nothing left to say other than Namaste.