The bright pink walls of Rasa in Stoke Newington are almost as bold as the flavours in their south Indian dishes. Opened in 1997, the vegetarian Keralan joint was the first of the Rasa chain that’s now spread as far as Birmingham. Their basics – lentil daals and chewy coiled paratha – are always wholesome and moreish, but try more unusual dishes like moru kachiathu, a turmeric-infused, sweet-sour runny yoghurt dish made with mango and green banana for authentic Keralan flavour. Almost everything on the menu is priced at less than a fiver.
55 STOKE NEWINGTON CHURCH STREET
020 7629 1346
LUNCH SERVED NOON-2.30PM SAT, SUN. DINNER SERVED 6-10.30PM MON-THUR, SUN; 6-11PM FRI, SAT.
I arrived here last Sunday night and was very pleased with the array of veg options, especially veg options I don’t find on other Indian menus. I opted for the nair dosa full of veggies and was quite pleased with the heft and types of veggies inside: beetroot, onion, potatoes, carrots (I think), etc. Really tasty and filling.
However, the rasa idli was very bland and I tossed two of them away at home. The uznunappam was also blander than I would have liked.
I would still return for the dosa and some other selections if in the area.
What a delightful place! Stoke Newington’s Rasa has a vegetarian restaurant on one side of the road and a meat and fish restaurant on the other. When I went we went to the meat restaurant and I was over the moon with the food we ate. There was a really interesting menu and the staff were super knowledgeable about what was gluten free and what wasn’t so i was a really easy dining experience for me as a coeliac.
We were given a range of chutneys and poppadoms to begin (some of which packed a real punch) and then ordered starters and mains. I had a fish curry as my main dish and it is probably the best fish curry I have had. Full of coconut and heat the flavor of the fish was not lost and it got my nose streaming in a good way. I got to try other peoples dishes too and would probably order the fish curry again as everyone at the table agreed it was particularly good.
I will definitely be heading back to this delicious restaurant and am in love with the pink decor as it is as punchy as the food.