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“Go There Hungry! ”

Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine
Ranked #9 of 427 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Go There Hungry! ”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner at the Taj Cafe and had food to take home too. The waiter made suggestions on dishes and brought potato pancakes for us to try. Be sure of your personal spiciness level. I love jalapeños and spicy food but the spicey rice with vegetables took heat to a higher level. The waiter was very accommodating and insisted on bringing another rice and he then brought a sample of another chicken dish for me to try. I enjoyed the chicken tikka at two spice levels and my husband enjoyed his shrimp curry. We were topped off with rice pudding with cardamon. I would definitely recommend Taj Cafe for a wonderful taste of India.

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Ventura, California
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Expect to be treated like family”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This is the restaurant where you are greeted at the door and looked after as if you were family from that first greeting until you walk out the door full and happy. My family has celebrated many happy occasions here as well as traditionally celebrated Christmas Eve Dinner here for the past few years. The lunch buffet has the usual items found at an Indian lunch buffet while the menu offers the same as well as unique Indian street snacks. All the food is of excellent quality and vegetarians as well as vegans are easily accommodated. Some of our favorites include the Bhel Puri, samosas,Kabuli Cholay, and the lamb tikki. The server always makes sure the appetizer size is adjusted to fit our large family without charging extra. Also, if we haven't ordered something that would pair well with what we have ordered, he makes sure to add it to our meal. Always excited to return to Taj not only for the food, but also for the great service.

  • Visited June 2014
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Mojave California
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Always enjoy eating here”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Taj is a great restaurant whether you are there for the buffet or ordering off their extensive menu. The staff is very attentive, you won't have to wait to get your drink refilled or for more naan. I like the choices in their buffet; a bit of everything. If you order off the menu, you will get full! Nice portions and great tastes. I love the korma. Interior is warm and if you can get a seat in one of the window, you can watch the parade of people on Main Street. Get one of their beers from Island Brewing Company (I think not on the menu), nice darker beer to go with the savoury Indian food.

  • Visited June 2014
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Newbury Park, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Indian experience”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Great Indian cuisine with precisely crafted and seasoned dishes.

The Lamb Naan was excellent, served alongside tasty Pakoras and Raita. All Chutneys were fresh and tasty. Our main courses included Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Vindaloo. Both were very good and perfectly seasoned. The Vindaloo was adequately spicy.

Service was excellent and we even got a desert on the house. Check was very reasonable.

Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Ari A
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Thousand Oaks, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Fabulous catering experience, great food”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

For a Father's Day event we called the Taj Cafe and asked if they would deliver a diverse menu. They were wonderfully responsive, said they would put together any combination we wanted. We ordered lamb vindaloo (very spicy and dellicious), chicken tikka masala (smooth and mild), rice with almonds and raising, cauliflower, saag paneer (spinach and cheese cubes), eggplant and wonderful naan- plain, garlic, onion and papadam. They send extra bread, wonderful sauces (mint, yoghurt, chutney and others) and delivered on time, sent 'the boss' to make sure it all went well and were rich and generous in their portions. There was no delivery charge- it was wonderful!

  • Visited June 2014
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