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Raja Monkey

4.6
35 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
Get closer to the real india at Birmingham's most vibrant street-side cafe...

Feast on true classic curries from India's far-flung corners or explore the wonderful flavour variety of our thalis, the undoubted stars of the show...

It’s what taste buds were made for!
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 11pm
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Phone number
0121 777 9090
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Hall Green station
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 35 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Went for moms bday . We all had starters mains rice breads drinks and desserts. All food was very creative with a lot of different wonderful spices . Very tasty . There was 4 of us. Worked out £20 a head which was very reasonable for what we had. Well worth a visit. A big thumbs up to raja monkey!!!

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Fantastic food and great service. Great thali very enjoyable

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2.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Not happy with the taste. Its not authentic as it claimed to be. Had Rajasthsni thali but tastes like bangladeshi food which was a major disappointment. Would'nt recommend to a true indian food lover. Also drinks choices are very limited.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

The thalis are amazing, staff great, very clean, and they deliver as well. Definitely my new favourite curry house

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

Great menu and choice of different Indian dishes. Love the starters

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Unique and great menu - different to your average balti place

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5.0Dined on 16 January 2018

Visited here for the first time. It was my birthday and it was a Tuesday night, but you would not have thought it! The place was busy and everything about it was class. The food was excellent the thali dishes were amazing. Already recommended this place and looking at booking again!

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Great place, excellent service and delicious food. Have been three times now; and still always happy with what we get. This was new year's eve - a relaxed and happy experience.

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3.0Dined on 24 December 2017

My only downside to this restaurant was that it was quite expensive for what it was.
I have been to much better restaurants with a lot less to pay.

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5.0Dined on 30 November 2017

Down fron Cumbria, visting Birmingham for the Good Food show, this is our new 'must visit' came here last year and couldn't wait to return. Fabulous food, amazing staff, great atmosphere, a real find. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 29 October 2017

Excellent food and very friendly staff that can’t do enough for you.
We go regularly and never have been disappointed.
Definitely recommended.

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4.0Dined on 18 October 2017

I'd heard wonderful things about Raja Monkey, and I wasn't let down. I went with 2 friends for a mid week catch up. The restaurant itself is quite small so I'd recommend booking in advance as not to be disappointed. The menu isn't extensive but authentic and it's wonderful to see tasty alternatives to the usual curry house fare.

The dishes are made with good quality ingredients and the balance of flavours (in my fish thali) was sublime. The staff are very friendly, entertaining and look after you well, without being too imposing. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant if you're looking to peer into the world of traditional Indian food. Enjoy...we did!

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5.0Dined on 3 October 2017

Have been using Raja Monkey since it opened fantastic street food

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5.0Dined on 1 October 2017

Four of us ate Thali meals at the Raja Monkey recently for the first time and we were not disappointed. The Rajasthani Thali (mutton) was excellent, deliciously rich and moorish. The server discussed the spicyness of the chicken Thali, ordered by my husband, and adjusted the intensity upwards to his taste. What we liked about the server was his attention to giving us food that we would enjoy. Cobra beer and rosé wine accompanied the meal, the choice of wine was a little too sweet and in hindsight we should have asked to see the bottle before ordering. However, it was very much our error. The service was good and with an added bonus of a 10% reduction thanks to having a solarcard, the meal including papadoms and coffee cost around £73 which we felt more than reasonable. We have no hesitation in recommending the Raja Monkey for the quality of food and service.

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3.0Dined on 12 September 2017

I was very much looking forward to trying Raja Monkey as had come highly recommended by my brother , in particular the mutton Thali (a dish with a number of small components - curry, rice, naan, veg of the day side, tomato salad )

The popadoms were lovely. Best part of meal. The popadom accompaniments less so.

The waiter asked if we had any allergies but seemed very inflexible in switching out the 'vegetable' dish , which was actually paneer cheese. The Thali platter wasn't inexpensive (around £15/£16) so to switch to any other non dairy alternative didn't seem much of an ask. After suggesting I could take it off myself and they wouldn't swap it out he finally agreed to swap for a veg side after a couple of trips to the kitchen.

As a group we found the service incredibly slow (1 hour until we saw any food beyond Popadoms and we were in early) and really lacking . The service is the main reason I won't come back , the food was very average at best, although tasted authentic.

I was glad I tried it after wanting to go for a long time but it's now ticked off the list and I won't return.

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5.0Dined on 6 September 2017

Introduced to Raja Monkey by a friend. Very friendly welcome by the staff. Seated immediately in a booth. My only negative was that the menu was a little hard to read and even more so with the low light. Only a small niggle but don't forget your glasses. We started with Poppadoms which were extremely light and crispy. The beast I've tasted with the normal dips. My friend had a starter of Chicken Tikka. Chicken leg served with salad. For main he has madras. I opted for a Thali, a sort of meal on a plate including, chicken korma, rice, dhal, okra, chapati & salad. We had a drink each which came to £36 but with a £10 off voucher a very reasonable £26. This is certainly not your usual curry house its Indian street food done excellently. The food was all excellent the staff attentive. As the kitchen is towards the front of the restaurant and behind glass you can even watch them prepare the food. All round top place!

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5.0Dined on 17 August 2017

Still is the best, always like coming here. Given that I liked it so much I borrowed the logo and had a tattoo done on my leg.but the food is so nice the staff are friendly, a simple menu not with pages of currys just simple. Depends where you sit you can see the guys working away cooking the. Plenty of time between courses no rushing. It was great to come back here after trying currys in the USA but not on a par to here.

But thank you to the raja team another great evening of tasty food

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5.0Dined on 13 August 2017

Excellent street food with very different food to main stream Indian restaurants. So great opportunity to try new stuff and go out of your comfort zone and be pleasantly surprised

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5.0Dined on 10 August 2017

Good was excellent ,surroundings were stylish and service was discreet yet prompt

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2017

Have cities several times. As usual really tasty food, good option size, really nice staff.
Recommend any of the lamb dishes. Meat is so tender!!!! The crepe filled with lamb would make a meal in itself. Nice to have Cobra beer too.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2017

Always a good welcome from the staff, nice relaxing evening with authentic Indian cuisine

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2017

I got to lots of Indian restaurants and use this one the most as the food I find to be a cut above anywhere else. Beautifully flavoured food cooked in open plan kitchen in a nicely decorated dining area. Highly recommended are the mixed fish and mixed chicken starters and both normal and Madras curries are exceptional. Bryan is nice but be warned it comes as a dry dish as tradiation ally served rather than with a sauce so you need to request a vegetable curry to go with it if you like it that way.Can't wait til next visit...my go to Indian restaurant...enjoy.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2017

Great as usual

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2017

Fabulous service and delicious food! Would highly recommend the boti kebab!

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2017

Great meal and lovely service. So much on the menu looked tempting and everyone enjoyed their food. I am definitely planning to go back soon

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2017

Exceptional food with a really different and tasty menu. Head and shoulders above your typical balti place.

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4.0Dined on 27 December 2016

Nice place for a lovely evening meal, would recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on 21 December 2016

Excellent food, friendly attentive staff, tables were clean and loved the open kitchen

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3.0Dined on 30 August 2016

Disappointing overall. A fabulous restaurant when it first opened wonderful range of flavours - excellent service. Has now, despite great decor, diluted down to your average Indian restaurant. A real shame - no longer prepared to make the drive from Worcs.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2016

One of the very best around Birmingham and that is high praise indeed!
Would strongly recommend the starters I had the best bhelpuri this side of Bombay though that left me much too full to do justice to the excellent Rsjasthani Thali ......

Have to come back next week!

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4.0Dined on 14 June 2016

if you want nice , tasty food this is the place ... LOVE THE RAJA MONKEY

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2015

A lovely warm welcome, delicious food, excellent service, highly recommended. A restaurant that puts themselves out for the customer

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2015

Love this place. Mutton jalfrezi is so tender and tasty. Starters are all great. Chicken pakora very delicious. Brilliant service. Reasonable prices! 100% recommend

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5.0Dined on 22 October 2014

Excellent service. Food cooked to perfection. Absolutely loved it. Will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on 9 October 2014

Good crispy poppadoms, interesting and very tasty small starters, superb combination of dishes on the Thalis, particularly the lamb and the fish.

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