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Raj of Kensington to open sister site in Islington

Heading north of the river with the second Raj restaurant, Raj of Islington will open on 10 December just off the famous N7 dining stretch, Upper Street.

Similar to its flagship venue, Raj of Kensington, the sister restaurant will focus on the same ethos; home-cooked authentic Indian food from different regions across the continent.

Having successfully built up a steady stream of loyal customers thanks to their modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, the second branch will follow the same tried and formula –serving up a delicious array of traditional plates, made by hand and from scratch.

Open for lunch and dinner from mid-November, the 82-cover restaurant will be a light-filled space, tastefully furnished with plush materials and fashionable textiles.

With a knowledgeable kitchen team with years of industry experience between them, the menu focuses on dishes made popular during the British Raj era.

The plates burst with distinctive flavours, and fused traditional Indian spices with fresh British produce. Signature dishes include: The Railway Lamb Curry, once served on the long train journey from Bombay to Calcutta, and Murg Salli Zardaloo, from the Gujarat region, both made based on 100 year old recipes.

The drinks list spans wine by the glass to spirits, house-made mocktails, and a vast selection of cocktails and gin. Stocking 16 gin varieties, with three sourced from India, Raj of Islington’s gin-based libations are the restaurant’s crowning glory.

Founded in 2016 by restauranteur Salim Sheikh, who has a background in fine dining, Raj of Islington fuses together two of his greatest loves: delicious food and history, specifically the British Raj era.