Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Raj Moni 7

When Tony Blair and Gordon Brown discussed their famous pact about who would become Labour party leader, they went to a restaurant called Granita (no longer trading) in Upper Street, at the heart of trendy Islington. Maybe they should have a few blocks further up the road and chosen the Raj Moni; the result of their deliberations might have been different, changing the course of history.

On the weekday night we went, we were the only customers. But the waiter went to great lengths to explain that this was an exception and that normally the place would have been pretty full. I have no way of judging the truth.

I decided to try the Bengal Crab Cakes, as this was the only unusual starter on the shortish menu. I followed this with Murge Marisa, a type of chilli-and-garlic chicken dish from the “Exclusive Choices” section. Both were pretty good.

I think the value for money was pretty good — all the more so because I wasn’t paying.