Raja Monkey

4.6
56 reviews
£25 and under
Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Get closer to the real India at Birmingham's most vibrant restaurant...

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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If your preferred time is not available please contact the Restaurant directly on 0121 777 9090.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 56 People Are Saying
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vipJustinV
Birmingham
70 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service without being pushy, real gem of a place

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James
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical curry houses that you can find all over Birmingham. The food in Raja are so tasty and unique, even with their traditional curry options. Highly recommended.

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FlorenceS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service. Hopefully will return soon.

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Salet
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and evening
Only downside the chair stuck in my back!

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AaronN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from start to finish, drinks cold, food delicious. What more could you want. 100% be returning soon.

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NigelHam
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu but I believe that helps maintain the quality of the food which was excellent. Staff were very attentive and polite. No bar code posted so we could use our NHS app to register our visit. I assume the details for track and trace are taken from our reservation.?

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WendyD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good choice and excellent food.Service always great

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Lisac100
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, refurbishment is first class and service was excellent. Only downside was seeing a group arrive and be shown across the restaurant while none of them were wearing masks.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely meal staff really friendly and pleasant would definitely recommend this restaurant

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Spamhead
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic curry one of the best I have ever had, service professional and polite and very knowledgeable about menu. We be going again soon.

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MirelaP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Would recommend to dine there.

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SanjayS
Warwickshire
12 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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HeatherP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bozzie
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent staff

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DavidS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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angelah
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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both
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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ChristineP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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KarenA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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

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DeanC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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AlecS
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service. Great thali very enjoyable

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Abhijeet
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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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HeatherM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rphiggins
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rphiggins
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique and great menu - different to your average balti place

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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kikidee
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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JC69
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been using Raja Monkey since it opened fantastic street food

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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EFDavies
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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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Billy
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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sham
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Soohb
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Raja Monkey does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Raja Monkey also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0121 777 9090.

Raja Monkey is rated 4.6 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.