British Raj has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. I had been meaning to eat here with last year’s Festival of Food offer, but for one reason or another, I never got the chance. As soon as the Festival of Food offers came out this year, I made sure this was the first place that I visited.
The Festival of Food offer this year consisted of Naan Bread, an entree tasting plate, a selection of 7 main courses and a Petit Four. If customers didn’t like any of the main courses, they had the option of selecting a main from their extensive a la carte menu. The Petit Four could also be upgraded to a menu dessert for an additional $4.50.
British Raj is located on Henley Beach Road amongst other shops and eateries. From the outside, the venue is narrow and unassuming, but remarkably, the inside is deceptively spacious.
For starters, we had the Cheese and Garlic Naan Bread. The bread was freshly made and came out piping hot. The garlic was dyed orange and was applied in copious amounts. The amount of cheese applied was just right and the notes of coriander made it very approachable.
The Entree Tasting Plate consisted of (from front to back) Tandoori Chicken, Marinated Barramundi, and Potato and Cheese Patties.
The Tandoori Chicken was well marinated, and was tender and succulent. The flavours were just right with the smokey charred flavours adding depth to the dish.
The Barramundi was marinated with ginger, garlic and chilli. The external appearance was similar to the Tandoori Chicken, however the fish fillet inside was soft and delicate. I personally thought it was a little on the salty side.
The Potato and Cheese Patties were fried to a light crisp golden brown. The inside was soft and moist, and delicately spiced.
The Kadai Chicken is a curry that mainly consists of capsicum, tomatoes and onions. The chicken was tender and succulent with the spices well infused into the meat. The sauce had a nice thick consistency and the taste was naturally sweet. All the ingredients really worked in harmony in this dish.
The Beef Bhuna Masala is a mild curry that is cooked with fresh vegetables. The beef was lean, tender and succulent, and the flavours were well balanced.
The Lamb Methi mainly consists of fenugreek leaf and fresh chilli. The lamb was also lean, tender and succulent with nice pinkish centres which indicated it was perfectly cooked. The dish had good depth with a nice burn from the chilli.
Dessert was the Petit Four. We thought the portion size was adequate considering the previous courses were rather heavy.
The staff were friendly, and the service was above average. Drinks arrived promptly and plates were cleared as each course was finished. The entrees arrived not too long after ordering but there was a 45 minute wait before mains arrived. We had to ask for the water bottle to be replaced on several occasions which we felt we didn’t need to do.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was good value considering the amount of food we had. From Monday to Thursday, the Festival of Food offer costs $25.50, while on other days it’s $27.90. There was very little to fault with the food served tonight. The serving sizes were generous and the quality of the ingredients was at a premium. I could have pinged them for the service but I’m only just splitting hairs.
WHERE: 170 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville