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“They have it half right”
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The Taj Indian Restaurant
Cuisines: Indian
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Queensland
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“They have it half right”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We have just finished dining at Taj on the Cairns Esplanade and walked away feeling a bit let down. This place was said to be authentic but typical of many restaurants in Cairns they get it half right but let you down on many other points.

Our order was:- Pappadums with mango chutney, they were nothing out of the ordinary and served with about a tablespoon of chutney, barely enough to flavour the 4 pappadums. We ordered raita to go with that at extra cost but it was watery and bland.

Veg appetiser plate was good, spring rolls, onion bahji and samosa but accompanying sauce was again bland and tasteless.

Lamb cutlets were very good, cooked to perfection and very tasty.

Beef Vindaloo and Chicken Jalfreze were excellent, both spicy and full of flavour and the meat very tender. I would even go as far as saying they are some of the best I have tasted, however the rest confuses me....

Rice appeared over cooked then I quickly realised it was just plain boiled rice, not basmati as would be expected. I mentioned this to the waitress and she confirmed that yes it is plain boiled rice. If you want basmati you must ask for it and pay additional cost. She went on to say that basmati is very expensive. Sorry but if you can go to the extent of serving authentic food at the prices they charge surely the correct rice should be served. The waitress did say it is mentioned in the menu but we didn't see that written nor were we given the option.

We also orderd garlic naan to go with the dishes. It definately wasn't garlic but when I pointed this out she said "see, there are pieces of garlic". We couldn't see or taste it but she ensured me that it was garlic.

This restaurant is typical of Cairns. They do things by halves and unfortunately it's the smaller things that can ruin a good meal. As with my other posts for Cairns can we please have a restaurant that does get it right.

  • Visited February 2012
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Rome
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Good, freshly-made Indian food”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We six people ate here on a Monday night. There were hardly any other diners. The food was really good -- very fresh and well-prepared. The saag and butter chicken in particular were fab.

  • Visited January 2012
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Ft. Lauderdale
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Very slow service!”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

We had to find our own table. Then, we had to call a waitress over to our table to place an order. I had to send back a plate because it was dirty(they don't seem to use dishwashers, instead there is a teenager behind the counter, washing dishes). To pay the bill, we decided not to wait on the waitress, so we just walked up to the cashier. The food, was a 7 on a scale of one to ten. I had the vegetarian plate, which had a few samples of veggie dishes.

  • Visited December 2011
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Cairns, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Authentic indian.”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

once again delishious! Been here many times and tasted many dishes. Yet to find another indian restaurant in cairns as good as this one. Even better with the 25% discount when seated before 6.30pm. Great value.

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“nice food but very slow...”
Reviewed 29 May 2008

nice food but very slow service

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