Aminur Rahman aka Raja started his journey over 20 years ago, it’s a true rag-to-riches story, from a restaurant in Scotland to an Indian restaurant in Cambridge.

Raja’s father came to this country as a humble rice merchant with dreams of making a new life for his family in the UK. After many years of working hard and struggling, he finally managed to save up and buy a house for his family, with that key event, he slowly started bringing his family over from Bangladesh to start a new life.

Since 1990, most of England had been saturated with Indian restaurants, however further up north and in particular; Scotland had still been untouched.  Raja’s father spotted a gap in the market and headed to Scotland with the family in the 1970s to start a new business venture.

Raja finally got his big break after opening Ali’s in 1979. With an explosion of success in the Scottish highlands. Raja’s father, his sons’ including young Raja, started opening more and more branches throughout the Scottish Highlands. By the year 2000, there were over 20 branches all throughout Scotland with branches stretching to Stornaway in the Isle of Lewis and in the Isle of Skye.

Raja’s father started from the bottom and worked his way up. His first job was as a kitchen porter in the small rural town of Pitlochry, next to Loch Ness, Scotland. Slowly moving his way up to cook then eventually to head chef of a 100-seater restaurant.

After many years of working in the family business, Raja had his heart set on fulfilling his dream; which was to open his restaurant in Scotland.

Why Scotland?

Raja, the youngest of five brothers, joined his family in the Scottish Highlands after they had already established themselves there for over 15 years. When Raja arrived in the United Kingdom, he moved to Scotland where his family was rooted.

When Raja Indian restaurant arrived in Cambridge!

Raja arrived in the beautiful city of Cambridge in 2004 and he was looking for a new challenge. After many years of research and careful planning, he finally opened the biggest success of his life; Raja on King Street.

Raja became a local favourite overnight, attracting many awards and accolades over the years. Raja won a national award in 2014 after only being open for two years, winning the English Curry Awards overall winner for best Takeaway, defeating over 25000 restaurants and takeaways throughout the UK.

After winning many awards and accolades Raja has decided to concentrate on his locals and regular customers. Keeping in mind the people that have helped him reach a successful retirement. His son and an experienced team now operate Raja. This means that Raja is still here despite a successful retirement.