Rajmoni Indian takeaway, Lower EarleyBy Natalie Slater
February 19, 2009
An authentic Indian takeaway is hard to beat and, while many people stick to their tried and tested favourites, Rajmoni Indian Cuisine believes you should try something new.
The wonderfully friendly takeaway is tucked away in the intertwining shopping parade in Maiden Lane in Lower Earley but, once found, it will never be forgotten.
We went along on a Sunday evening to try its takeaway options (it is first and foremost a restaurant) and were given a feast of food that ranged from favourites such as chicken tikka massala to the more unusual ostrich joypuri and, with a range of side dishes and rice, it was far better than some of the more ordinary takeaways we’ve had.
Although the Lower Earley restaurant opened last year, Rajmoni has been trading more than a decade. In that time, it has produced its own popular recipes, including its delicious yoghurt dip that comes with the complementary poppadoms given with every order.
It is these little extras that add value to the takeaway. We enjoyed a fresh side salad and some onion bhajis to begin, giving us a great start.
Our meal for four came to under £50: that’s for a starter, rice, naan bread, a side order of sag aloo and four main meat dishes. It’s a very reasonable sum for a meal that was more than enough to feed even the biggest appetite.
We shared each dish, starting with the ostrich joypuri.
The dish is unique to Rajmoni, and sees the meat grilled in a tandoor, then cooked in a medium-spiced yoghurt-rich sauce giving it a subtle and delicate taste. We were all pleasantly surprised with how tasty it was.
Eating ostrich was a definite talking point to the meal, but it wasn’t the only curry that Jashim Uddin, the restaurant’s proprietor, sent us home with.
His chicken jalfrazi was hot, yet not too hot – the peppers and chillis came in a light and delicate sauce, ensuring that it had a tasty kick.
Lamb korai went down a treat with its mix of herbs, tomatoes and peppers. The lamb had been carefully cooked to ensure it had a melt-in-the-mouth texture and its sauce was not too heavy.
Finally, the chicken tikka massala was creamy and delicious with large pieces of chicken and went fantastically well with the freshly made naan bread.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal from Rajmoni Indian Cuisine: it tasted good, it offered a range of dishes and the service was quick and friendly.