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Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Rasa W1 8

Rasa is situated very close to Oxford Street, but in a side road that you wouldn’t normally notice. It is part of a chain of restaurants, but none the worse for that.

Apparently it was originally a vegetarian restaurant, but it now has a good selection to cater for all tastes. Vegetarianism is an aberration.

The menu features dishes from Kerala in South India; as such it is distinctly different from the usual curry house fare. We started with a selection of their “pre-meal snacks”. This comprised Banana Chips, crunchy Murukku sticks, Pappadavadai (dipped Pappadoms) and various other crispy things to be dipped in the chutneys and sauces provided.

We then tried their Chicken Samosa, Lambpuffs (delicious!) and a Masala Dosa. For main courses we chose Varutharacha Kozhy Curry (a chicken dish with lost of coconut) and Adipoli Erachi Mulegu — try saying that after a few beers!

I would have loved to try some of their interesting-looking desserts, but at this point my appetite had failed.

The service was friendly, the setting was very pleasant and the prices were less than I had expected.