Having arrived in Bakewell at lunchtime on Sunday i was able to wander around this delightful town in lovely sunshine. I was staying at The Castle Inn which luckily for me was right opposite Rajas. My afternoon was spent checking out menu’s in windows before i decided on a curry. Although i did not take advantage of Rajas early opening time,i thought it was a rather good idea. How good to have a restaurant that doesn’t conform to usual opening times.
I tend with business to stay all over the country on a regular basis and like to try a curry in as many places as i can,so i rather regard myself as a bit of a curry expert.
The decor of Rajas is delightful,clean and in keeping with such an old building. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times and obviously had regular customers that they knew well and chatted politely with.
I ordered a chicken Madras with onion bhajis and a stuffed poratha, plenty for just me. The chicken was perfectly cooked and melted on my tongue,but the taste of the curry………………………”WELL!!!!!” I can only say, what a delight it was to find such a delicious curry with the strength and taste that seemed to be perfection to me. Sometimes the taste of a curry can be overwhelmed by its strength,but not here! I like my onion bhajis a little on the soft side and my poratha to be just a little crispy. I asked if this was possible and as requested,they were cooked to perfection again.
Over the course of travelling far and wide in Britain,i would have to say that for me,the food in Rajas would have to rate in my top 3 restaurants of all time, although the jury’s still out on where in the top 3 it would be.
Perhaps if i’m lucky enough to be in Bakewell again soon, i will definately revisit and decide then. Full marks to Rajas for everything.