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“Asian at it's Finest!”

Raja Fine Indian Cuisine
Ranked #22 of 146 Restaurants in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 11 May 2018

We decided to dine out with family and chose Raja since we had two vegetarians and a vegan with us. What a good choice we made! The service was attentive without being cloying. The food was delicious and well portioned. The atmosphere was authentic and charming. I particularly enjoyed that the have Cheetah beer on tap! Everyone was quite pleased with the complimentary Onion Bhajis starters and Mango Ice Cream desserts! All of the flavours were fresh and nicely spiced. Try it! You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We have visited Raj many times before on our visits to the theatre. We had a table for 4 booked for 6 p.m which should have been ample time to walk over to the theatre for 8 p.m.

The wait staff seemed harried and rushed. We ordered drinks and the ultimate dinner for 4. The drinks arrived, together with the complimentary chutney and poppadoms. This should have been our first clue that something was wrong, how poppadoms taste stale I am not sure, but they did. The starter arrived and this was hot and of the usual good quality. From here on in everything fell apart. After an hour waiting, and subsequent enquiries into the whereabouts of the main course, it was slapped in front of us, minus the rice. There was barely enough time to eat it and make our show, but that wasn’t a problem because most of it was either lukewarm or inedible. How you make naan tough and rubbery I do not understand. The rice with peas, when it finally came, was inedible and the beef was tough. We complained and said we had to leave. There was no time for the included ‘premium dessert’ and tea and coffee. The dessert was then slapped down with only time to taste one spoonful. Ice cream with a squirt of some noxious fake cream substance and a squiggle of red gloop, does not make a premium dessert.

The manager reduced our bill and took off our one drink each. In almost two hours we had not been offered the opportunity to buy another

Something really bad has happened at Raj and we will not return. It is a pity because it was our go to restaurant in Stratford

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Our first visit to Raja. Staff were friendly and attentive, helpful with their menu. The breads and spreads were delicious. The main courses were spiced perfectly. I enjoyed the lentil soup to start. Given a couple ‘on the house’ items to try which was a nice touch. Service was efficient if you have plans for the theatre!
We definitely will return with family and friends.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

My first clue that things were not going to go well should have been the appearance of the bartender/server. Stains on wrinkled shirt and a general appearance of being unkempt.
Things went down hill quickly. It took a solid 20 minutes just to get our drink order and upon returning with drinks, one person in our party did not receive hers. It took another 15 minutes for the server to return and tell her that they were out of that particular beer. She asked what they had on tap, to which the reply was "Nothing. We're all out"
We took advantage of the fact that the server was actually there and ordered a bottle of wine off their wine list. You guessed it. Not in stock.
It took a solid 40 minutes for them to take our order even though they weren't busy. Staff seemed extremely disorganized and unprofessional. One server was even wearing jeans.
Food arrived 45 minutes later and was very oily and over spiced. We specifically asked for mild and received spicy food. At this point we were so hungry and short of time, that we shovelled in what we could stand and asked for our bill.
Getting the bill turned out to be quite an experience, taking almost 30 minutes with multiple requests before receiving it.
To sum up, the service was awful and the food was extremely disappointing.
We will never, ever return to this restaurant.
If you choose to read my other reviews, you'll find that I have never left one like this. I take leaving a negative review seriously and will only leave one if the experience was truly awful, which in this case it was. :(

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Been at this restaurant 5-6x over the years. Expensive, not the best value. Food above average. At times slow service. Not warm or friendly service. Ambience good. Feels like a bit of an assembly line before theatre. I think this place could use some competition from another Indian restaurant in town to up its game.

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