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6 Dering Street
Sprung from Stoke Newington, the W1 branch of the Rasa group is no bad fit for Mayfair, shunning formulaic curry-house rip-offs in favour of Keralan authenticity without any real hike in price or formality – just ignore the shocking pink livery and whiff of incense. Kick off with amazing crunchy snacks and vivid homemade chutneys, before sampling lentil-based rasam soup or maybe mysore bonda (spiced potato balls in chickpea batter). Curries mix veggie and carnivorous themes, from tangy, tomato-based thakkali or spiced kingfish with steamed cassava to varutharacha kozhy (a ‘home-style’ chicken dish spiked with coconut, dried red chillis and fresh curry leaves). If you need a speedy fix, drop by for one of their lunchboxes or dosa pancakes with sambar and coconut chutney (a snip at around £10). Note that Rasa is now open for Sunday brunch too.
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6 Dering Street
Bond Street Tube Station 243m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 360m
Oxford Street 92m
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm Sun 1-8pm
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Food + drink: 5
If it wasn't for the awful customer service we received, I would have rated this restaurant as excellent in every respect. We were served by a sulky and grumpy waiter; our only guess is that he didn't like the fact that we were not ordering loads and loads of food as we don't have huge appetites. When we finished our main course, we were thinking about having a dessert and tea but we were not asked if we wanted a dessert and were brought the bill without asking for it. When we were paying the bill, we mentioned that we had not asked for the bill and were not happy about this so we asked them to deduct the service charge. The waiter spoke to another waiter in Indian language but no one apologised to us. They do have excellent food I must admit but I would not go back because of bad service.
Food + drink: 4
This place is fantastic. No frills; great food; authentic Keralan ambiance; reassuringly down to earth. Where else can one get a delicious and filling lunch in Central London for £4? Highly recommended. Go with a friend / lover / colleague or a book and take 45 minutes away from your desk: savour India and chill.
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