Tried the Taste of Raj for the first time the other night, and was pleasantly surprised! I think we’d avoided it for a while, as the Mountain View and Everest Inn were closer to us. Also, it always looked empty whenever I walked past, which is usually a bad sign.
But actually, it was much nicer than the food I’ve had from the other two curry places in Blackheath. Not so keen on the food at Mountain View, and the service at the Everest Inn tends to be a bit erratic.
I think the reason Taste of Raj always looks empty is due to a seating area towards the rear of the restaurant that isn’t visible from outside.
We had the (vegetarian) tandoori paneer, vegetable thali, poppadoms, and chipati, all of which were very nice, and probably too much for two people. We had a slightly dead-looking rose on our table, but the service was quick and helpful – our orders were scribbled down, and dropped into a drain-pipe next to the bar (which presumably goes to the kitchen!).
Anyway, a pleasant surprise – cheaper, more local, and more interesting than another Bombay Bicycle take-away.
9 Royal Parade, Blackheath Village, Blackheath London SE3.
Tel: 0181 244 2823.
Open from noon to 2.30pm – 6pm to Midnight all week. Google Map here.
Provender has finally opened its doors to Blackheath. I went in there the other day for a snoop around. To be honest, I don’t think it was a very fair test, as I popped in a bit late, so all the food was looking a bit tired. I had a coffee and a very nice piece of baklava for £2.80. Not cheap, but not horrendous. Both were good.
The trouble is, there’s almost nowhere to sit – they’ve put the serving trolley thingy right up at the front of the shop, so there are only two stools looking out through the window, and a small table outside.
The food itself looked along the lines of the Indian Lentil Daal kind of veggie variety, not the 1970s Woody Allen movie variety I’d been hoping for (a la Food for Thought)… Having said that, I didn’t try it, and so will make it a mission to go and give it a proper assessment soon.
Have a look, and let me know what you make of it.. It’s up near O’Neil’s.
The mysterious shop front next to O’Neill’s pub finally has a sign painted above it, and it looks promising…
“Provender – Vegetarian Vegan Organic”. This encourages a vegetarian bugle! I hope it is as good as Food for Thought, or like a takeaway version of The Gate.
It looks like there is a Provender Delicatessen in Lewisham, so perhaps this is going to be a second outlet. Anyone been to the one in Lewisham?