Cafe le Raj
2 Horsefair, Chipping Norton, OX7 5AQ
Set in the bustling centre of Chipping Norton, the gateway to the Cotswolds, is one of the best Indian restaurants in the area: Café Le Raj. A warm, Indian welcome from Z Hussain and his friendly team awaits you. For 12 years this restaurant has delivered delicious dishes using top-quality ingredients and fragrant herbs and spices. The menu has so many appetising creations, you may find it hard to choose. While we made our decisions, we nibbled on poppadoms, served with a range of chutneys and dips. Our starters included prawn balls (melt-in-the-mouth with a hint of heat) and the shami kebab served on a sizzling platter. In addition to the more traditional fare, korai, balti, tandoori and curry dishes make up the chef's and house specialities. We sampled murgh makani (pieces of tender chicken breast in a delicious sauce) and nawabi khana - chicken stuffed with minced meat and potatoes, unusually topped with an omelette. Our mushroom rice, chana massala and fluffy peshwari naan complemented this perfectly. Tuesdays are hugely popular here, with a banquet menu set at a very reasonable £9.95. This includes any starter, main course, side dish and rice from the menu followed by coffee. A truly authentic Indian restaurant serving up stunning Eastern cuisine.