Located in Hall Green, Raja Monkey’s combination of street food favourites and classic curry dishes have built them quite a cult following in the Birmingham food scene. You won’t find stag-dos or dodgy weekenders necking pints and gasping over a vindaloo here; Raja Monkey take a more serious approach to Indian cuisine, with a not so serious menu of creative eats. It’s an inspired spot, with a laid-back interior that blends modern design with Indian relics and memorabilia to create a unique dining atmosphere.
The menu is a satisfying read, broken into clear sections of favourite servings: there’s the dosa section, thalis, classics curries and biryani, alongside a generous wedge dedicated to vegetarian dishes. Most people who visit Raja Monkey will happily talk for hours about how good the dosas are - and we agree with everything they have to say. After all, there’s hardly a bite better than the frankie dosa: a crisp, savoury pancake packed with a rich and warming spicy mutton filling and pickled onions. That being said, the Thalis offer something special too, with a perfectly balanced selection of morsels that capture a wide range of flavours and textures from far-flung corners of India.
If you’re thinking of grabbing something from Raja Monkey to takeaway, we 100% recommend getting in on the Tiffin Club. For just a tenner, you can purchase your very own tiffin which can be filled with your favourite dishes and reused on future visits. It’s a great way to keep your food steamy in-transit, as well as reducing tonnes of waste produced through the use of takeaway cartons and the like.
Raja Monkey are doing the simple things well, finding something special in old favourites and its homely charm. Whether it’s a pit-stop dosa or hot curry night at home, know that these guys have got your back.