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Published August 21st 2012
The secret's out - Rajdhani is the best around
In downtown Kincumber, somewhere between the local post office and St Vincent de Paul shop, lies a closely guarded secret. Rajdhani Indian Restaurant is this writer's favourite restaurant on the Central Coast.
With an unassuming store frontage complete with neon signage, I can promise you that the first time I visited Rajdhani I wasn't expecting anything spectacular.
But once you step inside, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the warm, inviting décor. Though no one could call it a large place, Rajdhani feels airy with its high ceilings and clever layout. A small mezzanine sits above the back half of the restaurant.
The space is small, but the word cosy is appropriate because the whole place has a very homely feel to it. The comfortable atmosphere is encouraged by the waitstaff who are very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable – especially If you haven't eaten Indian food before.
[ADVERT]Full disclosure, before I ate at Rajdhani, I didn't even particularly like Indian food. So I think it's pretty remarkable that this place has me extolling the virtues not only of their heavenly Butter Chicken (hands down, the best ever), but telling anyone who'll listen about their Chicken Tikka, Lamb Pasanda, or their Rajah Prawns. It's. Just. That.
So it comes as no surprise that Rajdhani has won a host of awards, locally and nationally. Their wall is covered with them. I suspect, but have not properly counted, that they have more awards on their wall than tables on their floor.
But perhaps my favourite thing is the dessert. On more than one occasion, at the end of my meal, I have been presented with a complimentary serving of Mango Kulfi (Indian ice cream) to complete the blissful experience of dining at Rajdhani.
If you're planning on eating at Rajdhani, and I encourage you to do so, you might be best to make a booking because it fills up fast on the weekends. And with good reason.
Having eaten there too many times to count, I can promise that it is a wonderful place for a cosy dinner for two, or for a slightly noisier birthday party (I recommend the banquet option). But whenever you choose to visit, I can promise you that once you have been to Rajdhani, you'll love everything about this local gem. Just don't tell the other locals who sent you; It's still supposed to be a secret.