The West Midlands are the arguably the centre of the British curry house industry, and there are few regions that can compete in terms of both diversity of restaurants and uniformly excellent standard of food. Smethwick, to the west of Birmingham, might be a bit of a distance from the main hub over in the Balti Triangle around Sparkhill, Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath, but they are not lacking great curry houses. Smethwick’s local favourite is The Raja Tandoori on Bearwood Road, where they bring together influences from all over the subcontinent to create classic curries from rogan josh to korma and vindaloo and, of course, tandoori favourites such as chicken tikka and seekh kebabs. Book a table at The Raja and get yourself over to Bearswood to enjoy one of the finest curries to be found anywhere in Smethwick.
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Tremendous meal as always. Service is fantastic, always feel welcome and looked after and the palok bahar is amazing especially with the tender lamb. Bring your own drinks too.