The Raj Restaurant on the Shore

The Raj Restaurant on the Shore
87–91a Henderson Street Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6ED
  • Telephone 0131 553 3980
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–2.15pm, 5.30–11.15pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.15pm, 5.30–11.45pm
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Worthy of a visit not least for the fine view overlooking the Water of Leith, the Raj on the Shore is also notable for a fine selection of diverse meals, each of which is cherry-picked from current Indian and Bangladeshi trends by owner and self-styled 'Banglachef' Tommy Miah. A large corner building, the Raj is bright and spacious, although its classic burgundy-tinged interior doesn't offer enough warmth to keep the temperature from dropping of a cold evening. To keep the heat up, a good tip is to order the chicken-based frango no espeto peri-peri, a dizzying combination of Goan, African and Portuguese flavours which lives up to its spicy billing. For those with a more sensitive palate, the chicken chacuti also includes chilli, but this time is complemented with mustard, a lime marinade for the meat and a hint of cashew nuts in the sauce; each flavour is finely balanced so as not to be too overpowering. As the organizer of the International Indian Chef of the Year contest, it is of course in Miah's best interests to ensure that his own fare is up to scratch - and, by and large, he succeeds.

  • Delivery: Free within 3 miles; £1.50 more than 3 miles. 5.30-11pm,
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions
  • Music on stereo: contemporary Indian
  • Capacity: 95
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 1986
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3