The Raj, York
It’s cold and I need a warming curry. The Raj looks nice. It is. Beautifully designed with bold print wallpaper and smart, carved chairs, the restaurant is set in two levels. The top level is full already despite it being early, so I head down a couple of steps to the lower level (you can still see the diners on the upper level). This level soon fills up too.
The waiters are friendly, especially the one from Goa, who proudly tells me about his home state. The food is good (Sheek Kebab starter at £2.25, Chicken Rogan £4.20, pilau rice £2 and a chapati 70p). I’m warming up.
Ideally for tourists, the restaurant it only a short walk from York Minster. But from the chatter and the accents, this is well-known and used by plenty of locals too. It’s easy to see why.
The Raj, 21/22 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW. Tel: 01904 612017/613366. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: daily 6pm-late.
The Raj snapshot
Atmosphere (early Saturday night) 7⃣
Service and friendliness 8⃣