Raj of Kensington

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£26 to £40
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Indian
Discover the Regional cuisines of India from the days of the British Raj. Raj of Kensington is fusing traditional Indian flavours from the Raj era with fresh British produce.
What 121 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best - we actually made a stopover from Spain to Canada at LHR to have dinner here. Always fantastic food and superb service.

BB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Definitely call ahead, and leave a little time to savor the meal.

LL
London
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the set, tasting menu which was very tasty

SD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I was dining solo on a weekday night. The entire restaurant was open save 1 table with 6 family members(1 annoying child). I was seated right next to them! Ugh. Fortunately for me they were close to the end of their meal. Once the family left there was 1 other diner for about 30 minutes. I eat early so by the end of the meal there were more patrons.
This was my first visit to the establishment. A few colleagues had mentioned that they enjoyed their meals there. I had very fine service. The poppadoms were plentiful and I enjoyed the 3 sauces that accompanied them. My main course was delicious. It was the lamb shank and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely return.

c
London
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On our arrival we were given a very warm welcome and shown to our table. Help was given regarding ordering and we had a delicious meal, best poppadoms and chutney etc ever! The Railway lamb dish was a great success as well as peshawari nan, bhindi and all the other dishes. Will definitely return next time we are in the area. The bill with beers worked out at £65 per couple along with the offer of taking the food we had been unable to finish home. We declined which was regretted the following morning! Also a very good atmosphere in the restaurant, everyone seemed to be enjoying themself as, indeed, we did.

i
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raj of Kensington was a lovely find for us: truly excellent food and great service. We highly recommend it and will be sure to return!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting London for a few days, we decided we wanted a nice but not too fussy Indian meal full of different flavors. We had a wonderful meal and superb service. The Kerala coconut prawns we’re outstanding.

GA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I will go back to this restaurant every time I'm in this part of London because the selection and quality of the food is so good. This is not the average "slop it all together with masala and serve it to the hungry ignorant" Indian restaurant — it's food cooked and served with pride, and you can get details and advice from the owner/manager about what you eat.

DK
London
38 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Love the food but the service was atrocious. Slow and unresponsive. They seemed to have a few staff missing including a chef.
They should have apologized about the slow service and made an appropriate gesture to my table and others suffering same fate.
While that was happening, take away orders were flying out the door. They should treat in house diners with same speed. In fact, they should treat in house diners with much more service and respect.

t
Charleston
85 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I made a reservation through Opentable for 9:30. My friend and I checked in just before 9:30. We waited around 10 minutes for a table to be cleaned and set for us, even though several tables for 2 were available. But then, we waited for what seemed like hours before our drink orders were taken. Then our food, which was delicious, took forever too. We didn't order anything special. And the table that came in after us was served before us. Maybe it was just an off night for the staff.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and tremendous service

SG
London
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very pleasant evening. Friendly and helpful staff. Food tasty and hot.

OT
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m with delta & this is my favorite restaurant

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Highly recommended!

l
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful little restaurant in Kensington. The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive. I strongly recommend making a reservation because the restaurant got very busy after 7 pm.

E
London
180 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very average food, small portions, overpriced. Service attentive but perhaps too much so.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was very good and the staff was very friendly. We have slow service as the restaurant was busy so they were very behind in bringing the food. Too a long time to take our order as I think they wanted to space us out due to serving other customers. With the exception of the slow service quality and friendliness was exceptional!

MF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mega food so tasty! A proper local which the area needed❤️

W
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing dinner at Raj!

VY
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great Indian restaurant in Kensington! Food was very good and it was easy to book a table there. It’s a very small place but food was excellent. Only negative was service was really, really slow, otherwise it would be 5 stars (out of 5).

h
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great indian food! Small and cozy, service impeccable.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service fantastic!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Très bon indien et à bon prix, je recommande chaudement !

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GE
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely waiters, very helpful, great service.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good. Friendly, professional staff. Delicious food.
As Kensington residents, this is our 'go-to' restaurant for Indian cuisine

W
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful evening at Raj.

PC
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 12.00 which was accepted. We arrived to find the restaurant door locked and a member of staff sweeping the floor inside. We waited patiently for 15 minutes then rattled the door to absolutely no reaction from the person inside. After waiting for another 5 minutes, we rang the restaurant. The staff member answered the phone and told us that we couldn’t possibly have made a booking as they wouldn’t have accepted it: this despite we had an email confirmation from opentable. He said the restaurant (may) open at 12.30 if his colleague arrived! Needless to say we were pretty irritated not only to find the restaurant not open, but also his offhand and quite frankly rude attitude. We certainly would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

I’ve been forced to put in ratings for the food, ambience and value even though through the shoddy service we didn’t manage to experience the interior of the restaurant!

JL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The food here is so fresh and tastes like nothing I have tasted before. Totally recommended

W
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Great food, friendly service. Love, love, love this restaurant!

CS
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The mixed grill starter was the best I have ever had - the chicken was extremely tender and the salmon was delicious.

MS
London
49 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice food but thought the wine was very expensive

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with terrific service and delicious food! Would definitely return the next time we’re In London!

t
London
71 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent, as usual! We love their food. The only negative when we dined on this occasion was that they were so busy filling take away orders, their restaurant service was a bit slow.

DK
London
38 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent restaurant in the heart of Kensington. in a town with an inexhaustible supply of Indian restaurants, Raj stands out for taste, value and excellent service. The menu is like taking a journey through many parts of Indian and the tastes, the preparation and the presentation are excellent. Seldom do yo see this culinary expanse in traditional Indian restaurants. The wine list is quite remarkable as well which you cannot find in others.

LW
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to take some Swedish relatives to a proper restaurant. They all said they liked Indian food, so I looked online for a high number of good reviews. Relatives said they were very happy with the meal, so job done! Starters, in particular, were very tasty!

FD
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was fast but charmless. The whole payment transaction completed without eye contact, please or thank you. They did manage to automatically add 12.5% service charge though

FP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were visiting London and wanted to try out Indian food. I did research online, as well as on Open Table to pick this restaurant. We really loved it when we showed up. It had about a dozen or so tables - nicely laid out - with decent space in between them.

The waiters (and possibly the owner also) came over to welcome and got us a good table. it was quite chilly and rainy outside, the restaurant was quite comfortable - even though we sat relatively near the main door, since they had no other tables available.

The menu was quite concise, but had good set of choices. My kid doesn't like spicy food, so we ordered some plain chicken and rice. They didn't charge her for the rice - that was nice gesture.

The food was quite good. The kabobs were excellent. I am not a big foodie, but appreciate good food. I would definitely go back there again - both alone and with the family.

If you like a decent Indian restaurant - not too expensive - but good quality food, you cannot go wrong with these guys!

IL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was very good.

My only criticism was the discretionary service charge of 12.5%. I asked the waiter if I had to pay and he said YES it's mentioned in the front window, to which I then paid. I later checked the window and It clearly states discretionary and not mandatory.

I realise this is the norm in London now and I have no issues giving tips but I think it's a cheek that restaurants are adding them as a default payment and without my consent. I prefer to hand my tips directly to the waiting staff and not the restaurant for obvious reasons. Most importantly tips should be based on the staff going over and above their normal waiting duties. This is the UK, not the USA were tips are reliant upon for wages.

I would of given a better review if I wasn't lied too and pushed into paying the service charge.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service - highly recommended.

E
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Cold soggy starters. Not much chicken in the chicken tikka masala. Dry over cooked chicken in the jalfrezi. Not responsive to complaints. Waste of time and money. Don’t go.

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