Sunday, 9 December 2018

Bristol's Best: Joy Raj, Clifton

If you live in Bristol, you will know that it is absolutely full to the brim of amazing places to eat - with plenty of them being hidden gems. A couple of weeks ago I visited Joy Raj with a couple of friends to try out the delicious curry on offer. Joy Raj is an Indian restaurant based on Regent Street in Clifton, serving up authentic Indian food with influences from India, Pakistani and Bangladesh. 

Despite being tucked away downstairs, Joy Raj was still busy when we entered - a good sign. Clearly, the people of Bristol know about this established little restaurant. We were greeted by friendly members of staff and the atmosphere was both warm and welcoming. Not to mention the delicious smells circulating around. 

We kicked off our order with a bottle of wine. In fact, the drinks menu was great: a range of different wines, beers and soft drinks. To follow we ordered poppadoms and a chutney tray. The poppadoms were perfect: crisp yet not too oily and the chutney tray was packed full of fresh flavour. 

Then onto the mains. The menu is impressive; there is a huge range of different curries, vegetable side dishes and sundries available, all reasonably priced. There really is something for everyone - the menu is packed full of appealing dishes from various regions and all different levels of spice. We decided to order three different dishes to try out: butter chicken, vegetable pathia and a chicken tikka korai. We also ordered two sides of pilau rice, a peshwari naan, a garlic naan and sag aloo (basically, a feast!)

The dishes arrived quickly and were all hot and fresh. Each one was packed full of flavour. Sometimes, I find that curries can be a little bit too greasy or overpowering, however each of the dishes that we ordered tasted perfect. The vegetable pathia was delicious: vegetables and potato in a filling tasty sauce (sometimes I find that vegetarian curries do not quite fill you up - this was not the case here) The butter chicken was perfect: smooth, fragrant and mildly spiced. The chicken tikka korai was also amazing - tender pieces of chicken freshly marinated in a flavoursome sauce. The sag aloo and naans were also very tasty.

Everything tasted fresh and was bursting with flavour. We all agreed that we would recommend each and every dish that we ordered and would definitely visit again.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Bristol, I would highly recommend trying Joy Raj. Tucked away off the bustling high street, it really is a hidden gem. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the staff were friendly attentive and the food was second to none.

Joy Raj is open Sunday-Thursday from 5.30pm-11.30pm and Friday-Saturday 5.30pm-12.00pm. You can keep up to date with them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I would highly recommend visiting and would love to know what you order! We will definitely be returning to try out more dishes and this will be added to my list of favourite restaurants in Bristol.

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