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Aug 5, 2010 12:57 PM

Rasa Samudra/Tayyabs/ or other suggestions for Indian in London

I am off to London for a few days later in the month and would like to go to a very good Indian restaurant, possibly a bit different than what I've had before. On my last few visits I've eated at Mela, but would like to try something new. Rasa is suppossed to have Kerala cuisine and Tayyabs is near our hotel and sounds fun.

Which should I choose? Or am I missing a great recommendation?

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  1. Try Indian Zing (Hammersmith) for Maharastrian, Thattukada (East Ham) or Quilon (near Victoria) for Keralan.

    1. out of curiosity - where does this rasa samudra meme come from? it rarely gets but a perfunctory nod on this board - you'll eat about a billion times better at roughly the same price in quilon (albeit for lunch) - so i'm curious.

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      1. re: howler

        Thanks for all the replies. If we are in the area we'll go to Quilon. The Rasa Samudra is a rec. from a London friend, and got a decent review in Time Out. But thats why I was running by the chowhound experts...Thanks for all the recommendations and the advice re: Rasa.

        1. re: ktayn

          i'm a fan of the original (vegetarian) rasa up in stoke newington but was unimpressed by samudra. having also eaten at rasa travancore (includes meat in the menu) i think their veggie dishes are far and away the best. the first cook book (fresh flavours of india) is good.

          i liked moti mahal but it is pricey and i think best to go to if you're in a group. i also like chowki as an easy v central (nr picadilly circus) option. further out i like kastoori in tooting and my old local, the indian dining club in gipsy hill.

          1. re: abby d

            I adore the original vegetarian rasa. We live around the corner and I frequent give into my Cabbage Thoran cravings. I haven't enjoyed the other rasas as much, but this is perhaps because I prefer to eat vegetarian food.

        2. re: howler

          I had a good meal at Rasa Samudra recently - it's certainly not a bad choice imho.

        3. Where is your hotel? There are so many good indian places in London. My favorite is Durbar, in my old neighbourhood of Notting Hill/Bayswater.

          1. It's not in the high end category, but you might enjoy a meal at the new Dishoom near Leicester Square. They have a very large menu of 'Bombay Street Food.' I had a tasty snack of a veggie bhaji a few weeks ago and will definitely be back to try more dishes. It's bright and snazzy - lovely service.


            1. Rasa Samudra definitely gets my vote - Its expensive but the food is just fantastic. If you love Indian seafood cooked the kerala way, you cannot do better than Rasa Samudra. The fish curry, the crab and the special poppadoms are to die for