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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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East End / East London
2.4 km from Emirates Stadium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were six people celebrating a birthday. And all of us were very pleasantly surprised by Rasa. The menu is South Indian and has a large variety of traditional dishes. Four of us chose the Feast, which is a selection of dishes. Two of us...chose individually from the menu. But in the end we all shared. All the dishes were delicious different flavours that were new experiences. The food was all piping hot and seemed like it had just been cooked especially for us. The atmosphere and the friendly service added to our pleasure to. It is very different from the almost standard Indian restaurant one normally comes across, and we would heartily recommend Rasa.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2022 via mobile

One of the most enjoyable meals out I’ve had this year. We ordered loads of food to share and it was all delicious. The dosa masala was the stand out dish - can’t wait to return and order that again. Great friendly service too.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Perfect authentic dosa, great service and a really nicely decorated restaurant. The dosa was amazing - very crispy, served with the perfect amount of filling. Also served with rasam and brown rice which is also delicious - lots of perfectly cooked aubergine. Will definitely be...heading back, it was basically perfect! If I were to nitpick I would say the ginger could have been cut a slight bit more.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 February 2022 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with very attentive staff and tasty food with super fluffy and butter uttapam. Was lovely and humbling to see the owner also working with his staff and lending a hand with the more menial tasks. We ordered 2 veg feasts as there were...2 of us… but one would have been more than enough. 2 was a lot of food for 2. But at least we now know what we like and can order that next time. Masala tea could have done with straining out the chunks of ginger and being more milky (less watery) and the addition of a dash of cardamom but otherwise it was a lovely restaurant and a great night. Only negative things were, they were obviously trying to get us out as soon as possible as they gave us our bill before my masala tea to end the night had even arrived and without me requesting it. Also on paying the bill the machine asks for gratuity which is fare enough. However it associate the amount you give with what you thought of the service (clearly written and visible for everyone to see)… all the while the waiter is standing there watching you so even selecting a decent 20% feels bad as it is associated with average service. I feel that is very manipulative. For these 2 reasons I had to drop a star. Other than that all good.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 January 2022

This place never disappoints. The masala dosa is seriously addictive and I keep coming back for more. Been going here for years, it's a classic Stokey staple.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 3 January 2022

We each had one of the tasting menus - two Rasa veg feasts and one Rasa vegan feast. Every course tasted amazing, with very complex and strong flavours coming through in each bite. The textures and spice levels were perfect. It was evident that every...aspect of each dish had been carefully considered. The waitress who served us was friendly and very knowledgeabout about each dish and the spices and ingredients used. This is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant which any meat-lover, like myself, will really enjoy. Prices are not cheap, but certainly fantastic value, given the quality of the food.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 September 2021

Went out with family on recommendation. Quite cramped surroundings table was wonky and tight in the corner. Starter was very crispy and chutneys overrated. The dishes were promised as exotic and flavoursome but disappointing. However the mango icecream was very good! Inexpensive but I wont...be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 6 May 2021 via mobile

Had a takeaway from here and it just never disappoints!! Everything is sooo delicious, the prices are so reasonable, I am obsessed with this restaurant!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 26 October 2020

We had the vegetarian feast menu and it was excellent, really great variety of flavours. Beers are quite expensive at £7 and the dessert was a tiny bit disappointing but I have no complaints other than that. Service was very friendly as well.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 30 September 2020

I went with a friend to Rasa today and the food was great as usual but it was a pretty stressful experience. We booked a table with the expectation that (as we know Rasa is small) they would have limited the number of tables pre-Covid...The answer was no, they hadn't. When we arrived we were the only ones in one area, so we assumed the tables weren't all being filled. However they proceeded to fill every single table around us. If we'd walked in to see what it looked like when we left, we wouldn't have stayed. If you're looking for a restaurant that is following social distancing guidelines, don't go here.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

With our preferred restaurants full due to the eat out to help out scheme, we were happy to find a table available at Rasa. The table was cramped with with other tables within 1 metre and poor air conditioning. Overall we did not feel that...the restaurant was covid safe. The food was okay but a little bland and we are unlikely to return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 3 August 2020 via mobile

The food here is exceptional! This place is a Stoke Newington institution. The prices are incredibly reasonable and the flavours are beautiful. You absolutely must go here if you like South Indian food- you will not regret it!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 31 May 2020

I have now tried the restaurant a few times and food does not smell Indian yummy (mening smelling the lovely spices!) nor tastes nice. Disappointing and not sure why so many good reviews and restaurant so popular.

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 15 February 2020

We visited Rasa based on the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. We were really disappointed. They were only serving a set menu for Valentine's Day at £22.50 per person. This was fine, but the food and service were both terrible. The nibbles were all a bit...stale, the starters were forgettable and the main was watery and bland. In fact, the food was so poor and overpriced that the table next to us complained and refused to pay the full price for the meal. The service was inattentive, and the food was very poor. This feels like a restaurant that is resting on its laurels, and wanted to make as much money as possible for substandard food on a busy Valentine's Day night. I can't speak for what it's like on a normal day, but I won't be returning to find out! Hugely disappointing given the positive reviews below.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

Rasa is clearly a popular place to eat. We were staying locally and had booked in advance fortunately, even though it was a Thursday evening. We were shown through to the room at the back to a table where, yes, we were squished into the...corner, but it did mean that we didn’t have people squeezing past us. There was one very large party there celebrating someone’s birthday and 2 other slightly smaller parties and us on our own in this back room. The rest of the restaurant was also completely full. We were probably double the age of the majority of people there, but although noise levels were generally quite high, it was not raucous and people were very friendly. The service was fine. We were glad to place our order before the really large group. We were very hungry and very pleased to see lots of vegan options on the menu. When we asked about vegan wines, we were informed that they were all vegan - something I find slightly hard to believe, given how hard they are to find normally. However, we let that go. I can’t remember the names of the dishes we ordered, but one was a dahl, one an aubergine dish and one a spinach and potato dish. The side dishes are about the same size as the mains. We also ordered a portion of coconut rice and 2 chapattis. We polished everything off without any difficulty, but we were certainly full. It was all extremely tasty and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I would definitely recommend Rasa as a good place to eat.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
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