I ate at a true Beverley Road stalwart for the first time in 10 years

A flavourful korai served at the Raj Pavillion in Beverley Road, Hull
-Credit: (Image: Hull Live)


I'm all about cooking at home but sometimes it's nice to treat yourself and not worry about "what's for tea tonight".

There are many options for eating out in Hull and people are increasingly flocking to the Humber Street area. Beverley Road used to have many restaurants too, and its own JD Wetherspoon pub, but times are changing and takeaways and convenience stores now dominate the street.

One of the true stalwarts of Beverley Road, Raj Pavillion, remains. I last went more than 10 years ago and, since then, it has fretted about a drop in business due to the scaffolding for repairs at Brunswick Arcade which only recently came down.

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Hungry and with no plans, I dropped in on a whim mid-week. The waiter was polite and offered me a seat by the window, tap water for the table, and promptly delivered the menu which set my stomach rumbling.

I normally pick a dhansak or a pathia, my favourites, but I know these are hardly authentic and based on Persian sweet and sour recipes. So I went for more of a classic and picked the korai which was listed on the specials menu.

Crunchy and tasty onion bhajis from the Raj Pavillion Indian restaurant in Hull
Crunchy and tasty onion bhajis from the Raj Pavillion Indian restaurant in Hull -Credit:Hull Live

A korai is a cooking pot made from cast iron and it arrived sizzling hot at the table with a delicious aroma. I opted just for veggies in mine but it usually comes with lamb or chicken meat.

To go on the side, I had two onion bhajis that came with salad and a big Peshwari naan. My first bite of onion bhaji was deeply satisfying, it had a good crunch and wasn't soggy at all.

This Peshwari naan from Raj Pavillion in Hull was fresh and had a deliciously sweet filling
This Peshwari naan from Raj Pavillion in Hull was fresh and had a deliciously sweet filling -Credit:Hull Live

My korai was lovely - I was glad I had taken a risk and picked something I wouldn't normally consider. It was piping hot so I had to be patient which proved difficult because the flavours were so tasty and more-ish.

The spice blend was lovely, I couldn't identify which spices were used but they balanced each other perfectly. Some restaurants will skimp on vegetables and you'll only get cabbage but this korai was bursting full of delicious fried peppers, green beans, cauliflower, and gorgeous melt-in-your-mouth potato that was practically caramelised.

I was happy I picked the Peshwari naan rather than rice because it satisfied my cravings for pathia; I loved the contrast when I dipped the sweet bread in the spicy sauce. It was a nice bread, warm and fresh-tasting.

Above all, I was happy the chef at Raj Pavillian didn't use too much salt in any of the dishes. I could actually taste the ingredients and didn't feel excessively thirsty afterwards - a big win in my book.

There was more than enough food for me and I only just about managed to finish my plate. It was a struggle, and I doubted I'd be very hungry the next day.

I thought the bill was very reasonable and actually cheaper than some of the rivals that scrimp on quality. With two people sharing the bhajees and naan (which to be honest, was a bit gluttonous for me to eat alone) it would have worked out even better.