Curry In A Hurry is a home delivery/takeaway service provided by The Raj Indian restaurant, which is located by the Shore in Leith. They offer free home delivery. For Â£14.95 Curry In a Hurry supply two curries, 2 rice, 2 free bottles of Indian lager, 1 naan bread, 2 poppadoms and a pot of ’spicy chutney’. Although you can order individual dishes from their standard Indian menu. On Saturday the ‘meal deal for two’ offer proved too tempting, so I dialled Curry In a Hurry (aka Leith’s Raj restaurant) and waited for my order.
With an insatiable appetite for curry and all accompaniments I ordered an additional plain naan bread (Â£1.85) and samosa (Â£1.95). You specify when ordering which type of curry you would like - we went for a Chicken Bhuna and Chicken Korma (you can choose lamb or prawn variations). The order arrived in two bags: one for the beer and one for the food.
The chicken in both curries was quite dry, which was a shame, although the quantity of meat in the curries was substantial. The sauces were decent, but perhaps a little uninspiring, especially the Bhuna. I also didn’t notice any tomatoes with the Chicken Bhuna, which made this somewhat of an anomaly. For each of the curries I would give 6.5 out of 10: OK, but lots of room for improvement. The rice was good and the naans were large, fresh and showed a good consistency; although they soon became lukewarm. The poppadoms were good, although I wasn’t sure about the ’spicy chutney’ - it was quite odd, displaying an artificial appearance. The poppadoms would have been better with some traditional ‘mango chutney’ and onion salad. My samosas were very tasty - cooked to perfection and holding a plentiful quantity of lamb mince and peas.
I really like the concept of the meal deal throwing in a couple of Indian beers. These were two 330ml bottles of ‘Tikka Gold’. I’d never tried this make of beer before, but it proved a decent accompaniment to the meal. Although I’d still prefer a pint or two of Kingfisher with my curry.
This Curry In A Hurry proved a substantial feast - there was some smug satisfaction, together with an excruciatingly full tummy, once it had all been devoured.
So The Raj’s kitchen didn’t provide the best curry I will ever eat, but neither was it the worse. For the money it’s decent value, although could be substantially improved with a few tweaks. Will I order again from Curry In a Hurry/The Raj? For the price, yes I probably will. Decent value and worth trying - it won’t break the bank!
Curry In A Hurry can be contacted on 0131 476 2567. Their website contains details of the ‘meal deal for two’ and also has a full menu to browse online.