Name: Rasa W1
Area: Oxford Street
Address: 6 Dering Street
London W1S 1AD
Phone: 020 7629 1346

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Jun 2010|2. 27 Jan 2011

All that's missing is the Status Quo wig!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 130 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Jan 2011
Cost per head: £32.50 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.0 6.5 6.4 7.9 4.4 6.4 7.1 6.5 6.1 6.69
Jeff 6 5 6 9 7 6 5 6 6.4 See Jeff's comments
John 8 8 6 4 5 5 7 7 7 6.3 See John's comments
Neil 6 6 6 8 2 7 7 6 6 6.2 See Neil's comments
Mark 5 6 6 9 7 7 6 6 6.7 See Mark's comments
Richard 8 7 8 9 6 8 8 8 7 7.8 See Richard's comments
Graeme 9 6 6 8 5 3 8 8 5 6.7 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 7 8 7 6 4 6 6 5 5 6.0 See Dominic's comments
Tim 7 6 6 10 8 8 7 7 7.6 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jeff - A return trip to Rasa and starting off in a very nice pub called the Iron Duke, in Mayfair no less, although I would not describe the clientele as at all posh. The AGM was held and took about 40 minutes. The Rasa was 5 minutes from the pub. It was a bit shabbier than I remember although we did get a prime window seat. Took a long time to take our drinks order which is why my service mark is down a bit, although the guys were quite affable. This time, went off the menu, and was glad I did as I managed to find some quite nice stuff. I enjoy the mix of crackers that comes up first. My starter was excellent, small pieces in a very light batter on a bed of onions and thin cut tomatoes. It was expensive, but in total my meal was less than the 'feast'. Main course was not quite so good, the lamb being a bit coarse. And I avoided the rice pudding at the end.

John - I enjoyed the revisit to Rasa. The service was friendly and the food was generally good. I was a bit disappointed with the lamb puff that I had for starters. However, the King Prawn Expensive that I had for main was very tasty with plenty of big juicy prawns but a bit on the sour side. Everything else was fine.

Neil - Quite an expensive boozer but we were in the West End after all and it was surprisingly away from the main crowd. Liked the curry house, something different from our normal Anglo-Indian establishments. The downside was that service was a bit slow and the breads were inedible without large amounts of sauce, which thankfully there was no shortage with the rather generous 'Feast' option. At 25 a head this may be the reason for the high price but I'm sure we all agree the rice pudding was worth the extra. AGM went well, I think I used to be a Country Member but I can't remember! Thanks to all for voting me back in.

Mark - We had to wait a short while for our table in Rasa W! and there was a fair delay between my main dish arriving and the rice that went with it leading to a reduction in service mark. I avoided the 'Feast' this time but a few others went for it so overall cost a bit lumpy still. Love the Lamb puffs starter while my main meal of a spicey chicken could have had more meat. Overall was enjoyable but did not stand out for me. Looking forward to hearing Small World go Disco/Pop! Having travelled from East End to West End by bus due to tube failures I was really in need of a drink and could have done without the AGM. It went fairly well although most actions I supported were rejected except to welcome back Diggers.

Richard - I love Keralan food, why are there not more restaurants specialising in it in London? Rasa does it well, with the great crispy selection instead of poppadums (appacham, pappadavadai, banana chips and murukku apparently), coconut sauces, dhosas, fish and other flavours not found in your regular Bangladesh/Pakistani restaurant. I had the feast, which had great starters (dhosa, samosa and lamb puffs), the main part of the feast had fish and chicken curries it lacked their superb lamb (maybe only included when more people order it). Topped off with tasty Indian rice pudding and washed down with cold Cobra. Location is fantastic, and atmosphere is friendly and stylish, but it is a bit quiet and reserved for the rowdier elements in the club. The salad-dodgers and die-hard Eastenders avoided the trip up west - their loss!

Graeme - A reasonable meal for a high-ish price. I don't dislike Rasa but there wasn't enough here to make it special for me. I feel a bit guilty saying this because I know Richard really likes it and was keen for us to try the Kerala food (again). I had the Mysore Bonda (crispy fried potato balls) to start - unusual but very good - I looked out for these after having had them last time. For main I had the Varutharacha Meen Curry which is a fish dish (supposedly in a thick sauce although I thought the sauce was too runny) - the fish itself was very tasty but I don't think I would choose it again as I prefer a more traditional (English?) type curry. The service was excellent but the rice was disappointing. "Mysore Bonda" may have given plenty of ammunition for purile jokes but what about John's & Mark's starters "Lambpuffs"? Oh, how we laughed.

Dominic - Although this was my first trip to the Rasa W1 with the Club, I had been here many years ago and my recollection that while the food was well presented there was an element of "blandness" to the taste. And this was evident once more (though less so this time). The service marks would have been higher but for the wait to take initial orders. My Lamb Puff starter was fine but without a real bite and my Chicken Curry was in a very runny sauce and had a touch of blandness to it. An interesting eatery with very polite waiters but not a favourite for me.

Tim - This is a fairly lively restaurant, with a slightly cramped feel downstairs. There was a disappointing choice of beer (only Cobra for Indian beer), but there were quite a few wines available. There was an interesting selection of snacks before the starters - mini poppadoms, achappam, murukku etc. with a selection of six different, and tasty pickles. As I was having the Vaddakan Feast, I had a selection of 3 different starters, including an excellent lamb puff. I also had 3 different main dishes - one fish and 2 chicken. It would have been nice to have some lamb instead of 2 chicken, but the chicken dishes were quite different from each other. There was a selection of rice, I remember trying lemon and tamarind. There was not a large selection of vegatables, but there were some good spicy potatoes. Service was basically good; after initially forgetting to bring my water, they kept it topped up through the evening, without being asked. The overall cost was quite reasonable given the selection, quantity and quality of the food.

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