Rasoi (means kitchen in Hindi) was highly recommended by a close friend of mine. A friend who I can talk about london restaurants for hours and hours (maybe we’ll ask her to guest entry soon). I’d always have high expectations to a place whenever she recommended it. Especially more this time because Rasoi was the first Indian restaurant in London to hold a Michelin star.
- Most people at the restaurant were regulars. They’d quickly scan the menu and order platters of food from the a la carte. Taking pictures of the restaurant and decorations couldn’t be more obvious how new we were to the restaurant. We decided to go for the tasting menu (yes again!), which consisted of 7 courses with one dessert. The food was very traditional Indian with a fine dining twist. All dishes were well plated and tasty. There wasn’t any disappointing dishes, all of high quality (which is actually quite rare based on my experience so far).
- The place looked liked dining at an Indian friend’s house. It was cosy, warm and full of intricate Indian decorations.
Service 8/10 - Following its traditional deco, all the waiters at the restaurant were from India and spoke very good English. They were friendly and attentive!
Poppadom with chutney, rice cake with chilli sauce and mixed juice - Quite an interesting appetiser. But I didn’t like the rice cakes (not much taste really)
Spiced scallop with white tomato soup - I loved this dish! One of my favourites dishes of the evening. The mixed spices almost made the scallop taste like Indian lamb skewers. Remember the ones with a lot of cumin taste and delicious? The chef suggested to finish with the tomato soup after the scallop. It had a strong cream taste combined with a small proportion of tomato. The tube size was perfect, don’t think I could’ve drunk more based on the high cream content.
Lobster lollypop with crab wasabi sauce - This was such a well plated dish. I thought I was going to eat a Magnum but with lobster in it. It was lobster deep fried with an almond coating. Very tasty course and definitely innovative.
Spice grilled foie gras, wild mushroom naan, lemon grass crusted foie gras coins, green apple chutney - I’m not used to be served with this much of foie gras. Normally a tasting menu would only give you a coin size, which is more than enough. Because this dish had 4 pieces of foie gras, it was really quite hard to finish. Having said that, it was a really tasty dish with the perfect mix of spices. The mushroom naan was sooo delicious. I could eat a dozen of these (which I’ll order from a la carte next time)
Gold ‘Varq’ black chicken tikka, saffron upma - Before I comment on the food, we can all reach an consensus that this was not very appetising. I couldn’t think of a better word than poop……even with the beetroot lollypop on the left and the gold. Chicken was ok, more on the average side of the menu.
Champagne & rose petal sorbet with rose marmalade - I guess they noticed how my taste buds were numbed by the 4 pieces of foie gras. This rose sorbet was really refreshing. Champagne was a very good mix with sorbet. Before you ask where the marmalade was, its a coin size on the spoon behind the glass.
Smoke cloud herb crusted lamb rack, lime lamb samosa - This was an excellent lamb dish. I personally think lamb is the most tasty meat combined with Indian spices, this dish certainly filled this criteria. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Yummy. Samosa was also very good, crispy layer and definitely not dry.
Dark chocolate, cumin & hazelnut brownie - yes they even put cumin in dessert. It was a really good dessert though. Not that I can ever say a hot brownie is not good dessert.