Le Raaj Indian Restaurant Sedgfield
I had the pleasure of photographing an Indian restaurant called Le Raaj which is based in Sedgefield near Wynyard Hall.
I took two friends Daniel Daley and Joanna Rejmer sample the food as personally I am not a lover of Indian food so got their honest opinions of the food.
On first glance the Building looked upper class and the venue was immaculately clean and pleasant to view. With the pillars to the front and the statues of elephants its clear to see the building is an Indian Restaurant. On a night time it is lit up nicely as you can see in my images below.
The staff were lovely to speak to and very friendly and open. The owner is young to be a successful business owner but he is and his expectancy was nothing but the best for his food, service and building. The owner / manager in the image below was accommodating but also extremely friendly not just to myself but to his regular customers.
Inside, the venue showed its routes following the elephant theme with statues around the dining area but they weren't intrusive. The colours were vibrant and the room was very well lit with low level music that wouldn't interfere with a conversation between friends.
Below is the dining area.
As you can see the flooring is carpeted and the room looks very cosy and friendly and the temperature is nice and warm yet well ventilated so Isn't stuffy.
To some the best part about a venue is the bar.
The bar here is something else. The bar is very well stocked with wines, ciders, bottled drinks. As you can see from the image below the bar is very well presented.
The only down side to the bar is its small selection of beers. However this is easily rectified for large parties or private events as management will order in drinks suited to each groups wishes. The venue can be hired for all types of parties and weddings and can cater for large groups but obviously prebooked in advance.
Management also offer a system whereby customers bring their own beverages in bulk into the premises however there is a small fee for this that goes towards the licensing and costs of staff and materials.
Finally I now come to the food.
The food was very well prepared in a clean well organised kitchen cooked by experienced chefs. The food was prepared quickly and the presentation as you can see was stunning. The food tasted fresh and the herbs and spices were not overpowering which was confirmed by other customers ratings of the food,
The naan bread was intriguing to find out how it was made, Each Naan bread is made fresh. The dough gets rolled out into the oval shape and the herbs and flavours such as garlic are added to it. It is then put inside a special kiln for several minutes. The kiln is Red hot and I couldn't get my hands near the rim let alone inside it however the chef had no issues putting his hands in to place the naan bread and to retrieve it.
All it takes is two minutes to make from fresh.
All in all I would rate Le Raaj as a 5 star business. And my guess was that they must have had a 5* Hygiene certificate which was verified by the manager / owner who showed me the rating with pride.
All in all this restaurant gets my thumbs up and i doubt you will be disappointed in your food and service by these guys :)
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