Living in Birmingham, we are spoilt for choice with good Indian food. Shamefully, the sheer volume of choice often means I just don’t pick at all and stick to tried and tested favourites, but when I was invited to visit Rajdoot Tandoori I was excited to test it out.
Rajdoot has been in business for a whopping fifty years, and have been in their current home in the Jewellery Quarter for nearly 16 years. Specialising in North Indian cuisine, Rajdoot‘s chefs are trained in India. The restaurant has a huge bar area with comfy sofas, where you are settled with a drink while you wait for your table. Your order is taken in the bar, and you are only led to the dining room when your food is almost ready, meaning you get to stay in cosiness for as long as possible.
The dining room is classic, with crisp table clothes, candles and roses on the tables. The atmosphere is cosy, but still upmarket.
We are brought a little platter each of tasters of the stars of the starter options. My vegetarian dining companion is brought a slightly different, but equally delicious looking selection. We try paneer, an onion bahjee, Shish Kebab, fish tikka and chicken thigh. The flavours blend beautifully, with good spice. The stand out is the paneer for me; it’s one of my favourite Indian foods, and this is soft and lightly spiced. The meat is succulent and tender, and absolutely delicious.
Next, a selection of main dishes arrive, accompanied by Basmati rice and fluffy naan breads. A mix of vegetarian and meaty curries all smell incredible. I sat for while just smelling everything, pretty content with how amazing appetising everything smelt.
For me, the stand out was the Butter Chicken, which was creamy and rich, packed with gorgeous meat. The vegetarian dishes are excellent too. Clearly, these dishes are created with just as much pride and attention as the meatier curries, and as with the starters, absolutely everything is spiced to perfection.
It was all so tasty, I ate until I was ready to explode, but regretted nothing.
Despite the fullness, I find a corner for a sliver of Kulfi. Similar to ice-cream, this version is flavoured with pistachio and honey. The flavour actually made me think of Baklava. It is a sweet, creamy, perfect finish to the meal.
Rajdoot’s staff were all friendly and attentive, and we had a wonderful evening. There’s a reason these guys have been successful for 50 years. I highly recommend you pay them a visit.
I was a guest of Rajdoot and Delicious PR. Our food and drinks were complementary in exchange for an honest review.