Tempe >Royal Taj
A thoroughly enjoyable, unhurried dining experience. Pleasant and helpful staff who go out of their way to please with off-menu creations.. This place has a wonderful feel and character. The hostess is cheery and attentive. Tables are immaculately dressed in maroon linen. We savored Kingfisher beer from the impressive-looking bar. The samosas were just the right thing to set the pace for dinner. We ordered entrees after some pleasant conversation with the hostess. My mate was is in a mood for Chjicken Tikka Masala with Basmati rice and I indulged with the Lamb Korma - Lamb Biryani combination. There was the mandatory Garlic Naan to nibble before being served dinner. Right after the food arrived I regretted not having ordered a vegetable dish. Our hostess suggested a seasonal okra dish that the chef quickly and expertly prepared. It was delectable and perfectly complemented the lamb. Both the chicken and lamb were fresh and tender, seasoned and cooked just right. Portions were generous but our appetites were driven by the great taste and most of the food was devoured. My mate remarked on the background music which was not so loud as to interfere with conversation but enough to muffle the noise. We ordered Indian coffee and waited to select desert. The rasmalai with its distinctive rose water syrup rounded off the evening for me perfectly, while my mate preferred to pass on desert, saying she had begun her diet early! We lingered for a while after paying the very reasonable bill, enjoying the cheerful atmosphere. The Royal Taj is now on our "regular" list, especially since it is so convenient to the 101 freeway. I've sampled Indian food the world over and say without reservation that Tempe's Royal Taj is on par with the best.
a little treasure in the heart of Tempe.. The Royal Taj has to be on of the best Indian restaurant's Arizona has to offer. I frequented an Indian restaurant back in New Orleans. I was reluctant to find a new place, but Royal Taj has just become one of my favorite restaurants. We both ordered the Tandoor Dinners (spicy). It was wonderful, it came with an array of wonderful Indian delicacies and dessert and Indian coffee all in one package. I highly recommend trying this place out!
Good Food and Warm Service. The food and service at Royal Taj is just wow! I am traveling to Phoenix on business for couple of weeks and the Indian food at Royal Taj is the best that I have tried in larger Phoenix area. It is worth the extra drive from city center. I got a nice warm welcome, lovely food and good service overall. Specially, try the briyanis - they are real good. I will recommend it to anyone looking for good Indian food while in Phoenix, Tempe or Scottsdale.
The best Indian food around!!. We are from Seattle where there's an Indian restuarant on every corner it seems. Our biggest dining disappointment since we've moved to Scottsdale is there are very few Indian restuarants to choose from. We've managed to try three of them and Royal Taj is by far and away the BEST! The free crisps and dip when you arrive are wonderful and the chicken tika marsala is to die for. We were so pleased we will be back again and again (even though it's a 40 minute drive from our home)!
good tandoori. We like the the food, especially the tandoori and naan, though somedays it's a little burnt. We especially like the Indi chips and dips served gratis while you're waiting for your order. THAT is why we keep coming back. Nobody else I've tried offers them. We also like to watch the Indi TV while we're eating and they have a very well stocked bar. Service has always been good and sometimes great. We'll keep coming because of the chips and TV, and the tandoori has NEVER been bad.
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