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Chefs and their Spices

July 2, 2019, Author: bianca

The real deal

If you’re looking for a real authentic treat when it comes to Indian cuisine, The Raj has got it all – from the spices to real-deal-chefs.

The Raj’s secret seems to be exactly that: Authenticity. They have brought in chefs straight from India who cook to their hearts’ content and grace their guests with some of the best Indian cuisine you’ll be able to find in Pretoria. Even the waiter, Lewis, becomes more authentic by the day, adopting an Indian name to introduce himself. Rakesh (Lewis’ Indian name) means lord of the full moon and at The Raj he might not be lord of the full moon, but he definitely rules the floor with his humorous sayings and brilliant service.

Between the hustle and bustle of Time Square Casino’s slot machines and neon lights, entering The Raj has a tranquil and calming effect on the senses. For a total newby to Indian cuisine, this is quite the treat with starters of all sorts, from chili poppers to differently prepared lamb kebabs – all with a bit of a bite, which is perfect for these chilly winter evenings.

The Raj even caters for you when you prefer staying at home. All you need to do is purchase some of their authentic Indian cook in sauces to prepare your own Indian dishes in the comfort of your home. You can even get the chefs’ videos for the specific sauce by scanning the QR code on the package! They’ve launched three flavours that are popular around the globe: Rojan Josh, Butter Chicken and Korma.

What makes The Raj so unique? Importing their master chefs from India would be our first bet. They bring with them about seven different generations of Indian culinary knowledge and Indian traditions – something to be very proud of. For us, Indian cuisine goes hand in hand with intense flavours, spices and colour. Spices are undoubtedly the essence of this cuisine and every plate is colourful in its own sense. Somehow – even though on African soil – The Raj brings all of this and more to the table. Their chefs’ talents are reflected in the robust aromas, popping, warm colours and the evocative flavours of their brilliant masalas. A lot of effort goes into garnishing as well. Garnishes are artistically and delicately cut – an age-old skill that has been passed down for centuries.

Let The Raj’s chefs take you on an Indian journey with their delicious Rogni Naan, Lamb Rojan Josh, Bombay Aloo and Kulfi.

What many guests don’t know is that The Raj at Time Square Casino serves cocktails at half price and snack baskets (including samosas, pakoras, Tandoori chicken wings and kebabs) on their balcony between 3PM and 6PM. What could be better than a view over Menlyn, cocktail in hand? The perfect evening vibe!

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