The Festival of Food journey continues as we make our way through all the restaurants. Tonight, we visit British Raj which is one of my favourite Indian restaurants in Adelaide. The redeeming of the Festival of Food has got a whole lot easier this year with the new smartphone app. One of the waiters punches a code for the restaurant into the app in order for it to be redeemed. Nothing much seems to have changed with this place since my last visit, and the even the menu looks very familiar.
To start off we had the Garlic Naan with an extra serving of Garlic Cheese Naan. The Naan bread came to our table piping hot and both types of bread were well executed. I did, however, find the Garlic Cheese Naan remarkably more tasty than the plain garlic one.
The Entree Tasting Plate consisted of Fish Tikki, Coriander Chicken Tikka and Cocktail Samosa. The Fish Tikki had a crumbed exterior which covered a soft and delicate centre. The fish cake was well seasoned and very tasty. The Coriander Chicken Tikka was a first for me and had a unique green colour. The chicken was tender and succulent, and the smokey coriander flavour really worked a treat. The Cocktail Samosa was fairly stock standard. The pastry was firm and crisp, and the filling was soft, delicate and lightly spiced.
The Prawn Jafrezy consists of South Australian King Prawns cooked with capsicum, tomatoes and onions in special spices. This dish is a bit different than your typical curry as it is made fresh, and not well in advance. There were 7 king prawns in the dish which were juicy and succulent. The vegetables were firm but well cooked, and overall, this curry was a little on the sweet side.
The Chicken Chettinad was also another sweet curry. The chicken was tender and succulent, and the curry flavours were well infused into the meat. The sweetness from the cinnamon, tomato and onions were rather prominent. Possibly a bit too much to have two sweet curries in succession.
The Beef Korma was probably the standout curry of the night because it wasn’t sweet. The chunks of beef, for the most part, were soft and tender, and simply fell apart. The sauce had a lovely thick consistency and was mildly spiced.
For dessert, we had the Salted Caramel Fudge which came with three different fillings; strawberry, chocolate and mint. There were no fancy desserts available here so we just went for the standard Petit Fours.
Just like my last visit, the staff were really friendly and accommodating, and the service was good. The time between entree and mains did seem a little long, but that was consistent with my last visit. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the pricing still represented good value. This year, the Festival of Food offer was $25.90 from Monday to Thursday, and $28.90 on other days.
We all left satisfied at the end of the night, but the mains weren’t as impressive as I last remembered.
WHERE: 170 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville