“ Address: 23 Market St / Oakengates / Telford / Shropshire / TF2 / England „
The New Dilraj is an Indian restaurant with a very good reputation, situated on the main high street of Oakengates, a small community in Telford. We use it whenever we have tickets for shows at the nearby Town Hall (now known as The Place but still referred to as the Town Hall by locals!).
The restaurant used to just be known as the Dilraj but it underwent quite an extensive refurb a couple of years ago and relaunched as the New Dilraj.
The new menu is one of my favourites in the local area because it has 'healthy' options, versions of classic indian dishes cooked with very little or no oil. In fact, they actually have a slimming world friendly section of the menu with 'sin free' dishes listed in the red or green text which indicates the day you are on. I think this is genius and it certainly means I can eat there without feeling too guilty, I have tried the chicken bhuna and the chicken dopiaza off this 'healthy' menu and can attest that the dishes still taste as good as the full fat versions!
Aswell as offering the healthy menu, they also offer a range of dishes cooked 'Apna Style' which is apparently much closer to authentic Indian home cooking, my husband and I shared an Apna curry recently and thought it was amazing, much drier than anglicized dishes and much like we have eaten in Sri Lanka in the past. This seems like a very popular option.
Prices are very good value, main dishes are between £5 and £8, rice dishes are all under £2 (except special fried rice which is £2.20) and the most excellent naans are between £1.50 and £2.50, I would highly recommend their Peshwari naan at £1.75 although this does blow the diet option out the water with its delicious fresh coconut and garlic butter.
I love the fact that you can order your takeaway online from here, and we have been known to collect one from this restaurant, despite the fact there are 3 curry houses in the town where we live a few miles away, it really is that good. Takeaway is always well packaged, piping hot and usually contains a variety of freebies too.
Inside the restaurant is long and thin and goes back a fair way so that although it looks quite small from the outside there are plenty of tables. I would recommend booking at weekends as it does get busy, especially with the nearby theatre and a couple of nightclubs, we have waited up to an hour for takeaway on weekends too - but we do consider it worth the wait.
Service is always bang on here, I can say quite honestly we have always found it to be familiar and friendly without overbearing and they never make you feel rushed, even when you know they could really do with turning the tables asap.
Top notch is the way I would describe this place, I only wish it was closer to where we live, I truly hope that the healthy eating versions catches on in some of the other local Indian restaurants, this place have certainly cornered the market on that score.