Friday, 13 February 2015

Review: Raja Monkey, Birmingham

When people say that moving house is the most stressful thing you will do, they aren't wrong - and I don't think I've even got to the most stressful part yet. However, we have found the house of our dreams and to make it even more dreamy it's close to Raja Monkey, an authentic Indian street cafe (and they also do takeaway). Home to possibly the best Indian food I have EVER had.

Located just outside the city centre of Birmingham, in Hall Green, I honestly feel it's a hidden gem. Owned by Aktar Islam who's quite famous round here for food, he owns a few places in Birmingham so I was a little apprehensive as to what it would be like. However, I knew it had to go on the blog, as soon as I stepped inside. I loved the interior, it's quite small and intimate and the waiters were so friendly. The decor is fantastic, with photos from India surrounding you.

Starters at Raja Monkey, Hall Green

Now on to the food. I basically wanted the entire menu, but Chris talked me out of it. We finally decided on the Pani Puri and Samosa Chaat to share and sat and drank our beer whilst we waited for it to cook. As you can see, priced at like £3 each you get so much for your money, and it doesn't lack in taste either. I didn't want it to end.

South Indian Thali at Raja Monkey
South Indian Thali

For mains we had both gone for a Thali dish, me the South Indian (salmon) and Chris had the Nawabi Kebab. Mainly because they sounded fun (you get like 5 parts to your meal!) and a little different to the usual curries you get in Indian restaurants (they do these as well, if you wanted them). The flavours were amazing, my salmon was cooked to perfection and Chris said all of his meat was tender and had great flavouring.

Raja Monkey Birmingham Thali
Nawabi Kebab Thali - not pictured is the massive naan bread it also came with!

All of this food and our drinks came to under £40. Bargain if you ask me, and we'll definitely be going back.

*We paid for our own meal and Raja Monkey did not know I would be reviewing. All opinions are my own.


  1. Oh what a fantastic place to have on your doorstep! With moving to America from the UK, I do miss having a decent curry place around, while there's so many Thai places for curries, Indian places are really few and far between. We brought our first house a little over 6 months ago, I think i'm only just recovered lol.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Ohhh yumm! This looks soo good, I do love a good indian, such a fab treat. Hope the move is going well! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  3. Often times those foods are sold at a far less cost than more nutritious foods are and they are often more convenient to throw together when you need a quick meal. Sunny


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