Raja Monkey

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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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MP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! We come back time and time again and never been disappointed. Food fresh and delicious,service impeccable. A wider selection of drinks would be nice but still one of my favourite places

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Would recommend to dine there.

SS
Warwickshire
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back having moved home a few years back, and it is still outstanding. This was evidenced by the popularity on a Wednesday evening.
Quality food, friendly service and reasonable prices.
Recommend booking a table!

HP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indian street food done well. Would make it a regular stop if only we lived in Birmingham.

B
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent staff

DS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal with a surprise ice cream for the birthday boy !

a
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, as always. Waiter, again, as always, very friendly and smiley, attentive but not overly so. Good to be greeted with recognition.

b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Offering a welcome variety from the standard balti houses with some exceptional flavours. Love the menu, and the very tasty meal.

CP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is top class, visited with my daughter, had king prawn starter, absolutely wonderful, then korma thali meal, the thali meals are so delicious, service is excellent, been twice before & will definitely be coming back, keep up the good work!

KA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Better if beer was on draught. And if it catered for young children. Perfect for adults though

DC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!!

AS
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service. Great thali very enjoyable

A
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

HM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique and great menu - different to your average balti place

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

k
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been using Raja Monkey since it opened fantastic street food

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

ED
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

s
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

GT
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

K
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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