Sunday, 12 August 2012

Review: The Raj of Hertford

Date of visit: 9th August 2012

Oh happy days, I have found a replacement for my disappointment with The Viceroy.  The Raj of Hertford is totally unassuming from the outside, you might walk right past and not even realise that it is a restaurant.  The only reason we found out about it was from friends.  The décor is nothing to write home about looks like it is stuck in an eighties time warp; it is very small and is clean.  But don’t let that put you off.  The staff know their menu and also their regulars, our dinner guests being two of them.  They suggested an alternative for one of our guests, the Haryali Murogh Jalfreji, a fairly hot green chicken prepared with fresh green chillies mixed peppers and onions medium dry finish, he absolutely loved it.  Looked a bit on the hot side for my liking.  Another thing that I liked is that their menu has descriptions, as I like to try new things but just giving me an Indian name does not help.

Haryali Murogh Jalfreji
We never felt under any pressure to order and the staff where there when we needed them. Even though the restaurant is small you never feel like you are on top of the other dinners.   I also know that their kitchen is very clean as one of our guests has been in it and said yes it is a kitchen that is well used, you could eat off the floor.

I ordered the Chicken Malayan, a fruity dish prepared in a fairly mild delicate spice.  It was to die for.
Chicken Malayan

David ordered his usual Chicken Tikka, succulent pieces of Chicken marinated in yogurt and mild spices and baked in a Tandoor.  He had the same dish at The Viceroy and said that this one was one of the best he had ever eaten.  

Chicken Tikka

When it comes to Onion Bhaji, stop the boat, these were the best ever.  They were shaped like tennis balls and although they had been fried they were not oily and stodgy.

They offered a variety of beers and wine, the men went for their favourite Cobra and us ladies had a bottle of the house white, it was reasonably priced and refreshing.  For four of us with a couple of beers, soft drinks and one bottle of wine, our bill came to £95.

They are open seven days a week Monday to Saturday: 6pm till 11pm and Sunday: 12 noon till 3pm.

Overall Experience

The Raj has to be the best Indian restaurant within miles or even further. Food is excellent; staff & management are so accommodating.  The Raj doesn't generally attract the last orders crowd of drunken clients & that's what adds to its attraction.

On the menu you will get your usual favourites, but also the Raj has its own unique offerings which will never disappoint. Simply the best!

32 Ware Road, Hertford, Herts, SG13 7HH
Tel: (01992) 505044 / 505019

Rating Guide

5 Stars - Perfect
4.5 Stars - Exceptional
4 Stars - Excellent
3.5 Stars - Very good
3 Stars - Good
2.5 Stars - Average
2 Stars - Bad
1.5 Stars - Very bad
1 Star - Dire


  1. As a member of the dinner party I agree with everything you say but I would up the ratings to Food 4 and Service 4. Have been to the The Raj many times and have never been disappointed. Nothing to beat it around here at the moment.

  2. Don't miss out on their giant naan breads!


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