Gem of the Jungle
12 March 2010
I was on a week's vacation at Sun City and, while chilling there one evening, happened to spot The Raj. Situated in the entertainment area above the Jungle Casino, this restaurant is one of the ten in The Raj restaurant group, started in the early 90's by Dr AK Jairath who owns various other outlets around Gauteng (check out www.therajrestaurant.com).
George Francis, the chef (I'd like to call him Dr. G), came out dressed in one super white, crazy straight, clean & spiffy chef's outfit with the hat 'n all and this o's bunny left one impression on me as being the best medicine for any good bunny lovers' taste buds on a hungry day!
I ordered the ¼ lamb bunny. The walls of the bunny were thick (we usually say they're being cheap-skate to make the walls thick - so as to put in less curry...) but I don't think this is the case with The Raj bunny. The ¼ was piled so full of curry I think the walls would have collapsed if the bread was hollowed any thinner! Dr G seems to make sure there is ample gravy poured around the outside of the bunny on the plate (which I haven't seen anyone do in Durbs) so, when you're finished, you can still use the left-over bread to suck up what's left of this authentic North Indian style curry - eish I think that's premium! The lamb was succulent, tasty and tender and I lost count of how many filleted lamb cut pieces I was chucking back as it tasted so flippen good after spending an awesome day in the sun at the Valley of Waves.
The bunny just got better with each mouthful. A couple of pieces on the bone are thrown in on top of the fillet lamb which put a serious cherry on top for me coz that's what makes a bunny genuine! The potato was there and the sambles, yuss bru!, there was like a pretty little garden on the side of my plate with all the colours and the carrot was cut like roses. The most beautiful sambles I did ever lay my eye upon!
Nothing can justify an expensive bunny as a bunny (in my opinion) is essentially meant to be something cheap to fill the hole, but being Sun City and all you just have to turn one blind eye to the price (R58.80 for the ¼ lamb!) and tjoon yourself its like a once in a lifetime experience to chow a bunny that makes you feel like you've chowed at the kings royal bunny table. My friend had the ¼ deboned chicken (R48.80) and pretty much said the same things about his. Superior and satisfied! - A ¼ beans will put you back R36.80!
Dr G is a doctor of the bunny. He was as friendly as they come and if you happen to find yourself at this location make sure to order a premium bunny and tjoon the doctor 'howzit ekse!'
Photos: © 2010 Mitchell Harty