Every night is #currynight at Le Raaj. And me and Suzanne do love a good curry. We have our firm favourites, always mild and creamy and I have eaten the same meal for about 15 years, but Le Raaj in Chester-le-Street brought out Suzanne’s adventurous side!
Le Raaj is a lovely restaurant. Clean and fresh, it’s tastefully decorated and the ladies toilets are very nice too (these things matter). The first thing you notice when you walk through the door are the water panels and the bubbles. They’re dotted throughout the restaurant and are strangely hypnotic and very calming.
It was a Tuesday night when we visited so we weren’t expecting it to be super busy but were pleasantly surprised at the amount of people eating; always a good sign, and the atmosphere was happy .
An extensive well priced menu had little impact on me, the usual onion bhajis and korma (chicken not veg this time for a bit of variety) were swiftly ordered, but Suzanne struggling to choose, took the recommendation of the lovely Ahmed and ordered a Chingri Mirch, lightly spiced prawns served in a whole grilled pepper and a Makhoni, a creamy tikka chicken with a really fruity kick.
And then, she asked for a cheesy naan. Now, I love cheese. And I love naan. But together with a curry? I assumed that the bubbles were influencing her decision making capabilities but I went with it – variety is the spice of life after all (dreadful pun I know).
Starters = Lush. Fresh, tasty, well cooked and plated. Couldn’t go wrong. And the main courses ditto. The korma was as creamy and delicious as it should be and the Makhoni was as beautiful in taste as it was in colour. There’s something about a vibrant bright red curry that’s very exotic, making you dream of warm weather and travelling around far away countries.
Suzanne devoured the cheesy naan. It was very cheesy. I hastily ordered some additional rice and left her to it!
Ahmed convinced us to try a sweet. We wouldn’t have ordered one and were already onto coffee, but we’re easily persuaded.
Cheesecake topped with ice cream and a wafer, ‘monkey’s blood’ (raspberry or strawberry sauce for those outside if the North East) and a dash of cream. Devoured.
We sat in the restaurant for a fair while chatting away after we’d finished. We weren’t hurried out but rather left in peace for some rare best-friend down time. Very much appreciated.
The question for us when visiting new places is always ‘Would we return?’. Great food, lovely staff, hypnotic bubbles, a resounding yes for Le Raaj.
Check out their full menu and price list and they even do take away!