Another Festival of Food restaurant is British Raj at 170 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville. This was certainly a value for money deal at $25.90 weekdays and $28.90 Friday/Saturdays. For this price you get Naan bread, Entree Tasting Plate, Main Course of your choice and Petit Fours for Dessert.
Along with the garlic naan you get for the Bread option we decided to order an extra serve of cheese naan. We couldn't resist! Thankfully the garlic naan wasn't too overcooked as that can be the case at other Indian restaurants. This one was soft and tasty and we enjoyed the buttery garlic flavour. The cheese naan was also flavoursome and the only improvement could be to have a little more cheese.
For the Entree Tasting Plate we had Coriander Chicken Tikka - diced chicken rubbed with a paste of blended coriander, mint, ginger garlic then roasted in a tandoor, Fish Tikki - Indian fish cake and the Cocktail Samosa - crispy pastry with savoury fillings.
The chicken was delicious. Nothing worse than overpowering coriander but not in this case. The chicken was so juicy and tender and the lovely mix of blended coriander was perfectly balanced with the mint and garlic.
The fish cake had a crunchy outer but the filling was slightly bland. The accompanying sauce sorted that issue. The coriander based sauce gave it a nice kick and lifted the flavours.
The samosa was small but tasty. It had a nice crispy pastry and the fillings were the usual potato and vegetables.
For mains we ordered the Chicken Chettinad - a South Indian curry, the Prawn Jalfrezy - SA King Prawns cooked with capsicum, tomatoes and onions with their own blend of spices and lastly the Beef Korma - tender beef pieces in a cream of almond and cardamom. The first thing we noticed was that most of the dishes and sauces were very sweet. Maybe there were catering for the Western palate but our preference would be to tone down the sweetness. It's nicer to taste an authentic version of any cuisine. Needless to say, they were all pleasant and well cooked.
Despite the sweetness of the chicken the curry was very flavoursome. The chicken was well cooked and very tender. It had a nice texture when you bit into it. This dish was also packed with vegetables which we really enjoyed.
The prawn dish was way too sweet for our liking. We did enjoy the contents of the dish and prawns were well cooked. The capsicums and onions were crunchy. We were hoping it would be a bit more spicy but that's just our preference.
The best main dish was the beef korma. A lovely creamy taste with a generous portion of beef. Some of the beef pieces were perfectly cooked and so tender.
For those who don't like their food too hot or spicy then these main dishes are great. If you prefer a spicy kick then it would be a suggestion to ask for some fresh chilli.
For dessert we were served Petit Fours. A bite size round of chocolates - one with a strawberry filling, one with a soft caramel centre and the third with a crispy chocolate mint. A nice and simple way to finish dinner.
The service was professional and attentive. The staff were more than happy to accommodate to our needs. For the $25.90 (on week nights) plus the extra naan it was certainly fantastic value for money. There was plenty of food to fill your tummy. If you have been meaning to try this place, the Festival of Food offer is definitely a good time go.
|Garlic Naan and Cheese Naan.|
|Entree Tasting Plate - Chicken Coriander Tikka, Fish Tikki and Cocktail Samosa.|
|Chicken Chettinad - curry-|