November 29, 2015

Royal Taj: New Location, Same Delicious Food, & Amazing Customer Service

I searched through all of my posts and couldn't believe that I had never written about Royal Taj before! My husband and I both agree that it is, in our opinion, the best restaurant in all of Howard County. Royal Taj's food is the best Indian we have ever had and the service is top notch.

We decided to do their lunch buffet so I checked online to make sure that they do buffet on Sundays (they do) and noticed that Yelpers were commenting on a new location. The last time we went which was a few months ago the owner/manager told us that the Columbia Restaurant Park location was going to only be used for banquets due to some issues with the management that owned the property. Apparently things must have changed in Royal Taj's favor because they are fully up and running at the new location. The new location opened on October 7th.

We arrived at 11:29am. The lunch buffet starts at 11:30am. There were already people lined up outside before the doors had even opened and there were plenty of people waiting in their cars.

Walking in to the new location, my first impression was "wow!" The new location is at least twice the size of the old location. The decor is much different than their old location, it is very bright with huge crystal chandeliers, white walls with gold trim everywhere, fireplaces, a much larger bar than previous with plenty of seating around it, and multiple dining rooms.

The buffet is set up in the middle of the restaurant and it is nice that you can access it from both sides which greatly cut down on any waiting. I thought that they had the same amount of food as they did at the previous location, just a lot more room to spread it out. They are still doing some work on the right side of the building- it looks like they are installing a patio for al fresco dining.

The food was delicious, our water glasses were never less than half empty, our chai was always hot, the owner/manager stopped by our table to  check on us, and when we were getting ready to leave an employee opened the doors for us. Royal Taj figured out how to do it right. With the high quality and flavor of the food to the customer service, it is no surprise that it was recently named one of Yelp's 2015 Top 100 Places to Eat in the US!

Royal Taj
8335 Benson Drive
Columbia, MD 21045