Harden's survey result
“It’s easy to over-eat” at these basic cafés, whose still-quite-unusual Keralan menu is “still good after all these years” (“at the price it can seem quite amazing!”) and “much better than ‘normal’ north Indians for veggies”. The Stokie original is nowadays less popular than its “handy-to-know-about” offshoot “in the little patch near Oxford Circus bereft of decent options”.
“Enough to make a believer of the most ardent meat-eater”: these “rather basic” and primarily veggie Keralans are so good, especially the Stoke Newington original, that “it’s hard not to overeat”. But while they remain “great value” there’s a feeling amongst long-term fans that “a little extra would be needed to regain full marks” – “it’s still good, but the menu never changes, and doesn’t excite me like it did”.
“Remarkable value and delicious South Indian food” still dazzles at the Stoke Newington original of this small Keralan chain (the “decent and very convenient” branch near Oxford Circus is the next most popular). “The overall formula hasn’t evolved over the years” however, and ratings generally have declined – “please Rasa, mix it up!”
“Ridiculously affordable”, “delicately flavoured” (and “relatively healthy”) Keralan cooking still wins rave reviews for this small South Indian chain, whose Stokey original remains “a go-to local gem”.
Rasa Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It pains me to say that the standard of cooking has slipped recently, with some dishes noticeably over-salted. The N16 branch is also looking very tired and in need of sprucing up. Still the best veggie curry in north London, but not as wonderful as it once was."
lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Fri & Sat 11.30 pm