elcome to Rasa, an award-winning chain of restaurants bringing the taste of authentic, home-cooked southern Indian food to the UK
The Name: Rasa is a Sanskrit word that has a wonderful wealth of meaning. It represents taste, flavour, affection, pleasure, delight, happiness, charm, sentiment, pathos, beauty and essence. At Rasa, you will find all this and more
The Experience: At Rasa, our food is inspired by the authentic home cooking of beautiful, spice-rich Kerala, where all our chefs are trained. Food is our passion, prepared for you always with devotion, love, and the finest ingredients
“I’ll tell you how much I love Rasa: I’m going to go there at least once a week… the food is nothing short of celestial.”India Knight, Sunday Times Style Magazine
“The bloke’s a complete genius and such a nice guy. The food’s fantastic and inspiring. I have taken people to his restaurant on about ten occasions just to show off.” Jamie Oliver
Keeping the magic and tradition of cooking alive…
Food is profoundly linked to everything important in life; our health, our sense of wellbeing, to those we love and the very world around us. Surrounded by fast food and junk food and supermarkets, it’s easy to lose the significance of food. It’s just there, available, sometimes nicer than others, easily thrown away if we don’t like it.
But food not only replenishes us, it interprets our world for us. When we feel healthy, nourished and cared for, when what we eat excites us, life is better. We’re actually happier. Instead of stressing about what’s ahead or behind us, we stop to enjoy what’s happening now. Food brings life to us, teaches us to enjoy life.
Food has great power, too. Through food, we can reach out to people and demonstrate their importance in our life. When we make food beautiful, when we give a person something that is a true pleasure to eat, we perform an act of love.
Rasa was born out of the childhood memories of its founder, Das Sreedharan, who helped his mother manage the family vegetable plot, and who herself cooked for Das and his family in their village in Kerala with the utmost love and devotion.
“My mother was passionate about the ingredients she would give our family; vegetables had to be fresh, perfectly ripe. She grew her own or bought directly from farmers; then she cooked them to bring out their maximum flavour and health, and served them, with love, to her children,” Das says.
When Das came to England as a young man, the food he encountered in Indian restaurants bore no resemblance to what he’d left behind. Bridging this gulf was to be his challenge.
At Rasa, we strive to bring you the best Indian food there is, delicious, home-cooked Indian food, made with the same love, care and thoughtfulness that a mother would devote. Inspired by our own school of hospitality in Kerala which all our chefs attend, we feel have made this is possible.
Food is the social cement that brings us together. It’s the most basic link between ourselves and our environment.
At Rasa, we believe food is a celebration of life. Our award-winning vegetarian, meat-based and seafood dishes will delight your sense of taste, but they have an extra magic. It is our great hope that our food leaves you happier, too. We believe that this is what good food should do.