Rasa Maricham on King's Cross Rd - cheaper then other Rasas! [London]
Even though I live 10 minutes away, I only had dinner at Rasa Maricham on King's Cross Rd for the first time last night. I used to go to Rasa Samudra often when it was on Charlotte St and even got their "Rasa Express" takeaway lunches when I worked nearby, and I've also been to Rasa W1 a few times. I was surprised to see that the same dishes at Rasa Maricham (like the Nair Dosa and Kappayum Meenum (Tapioca with Fish Curry), my favorites) were a few pounds cheaper then they are at other Rasas.
This may be due to Rasa Maricham's being in a Holiday Inn, which is a very odd setup. I was there 6:30-8 last night and there were only 2 other groups of people. DH and I had potato bonda as a starter, then the Nair Dosa and a lamb curry (Malabar Erachi Chaaru/aattirachi curry). Flavors were great, but everything was too spicy for me. I thought this was strange because although I am a bit of a spice wimp, I've never had an issue at the other Rasas. I know this is a black pepper specialty place, but still. Raita helped, but I felt silly putting it on a dosa.
So - delicious food, but oddly cheaper and spicier than other Rasas! I can't imagine many hotel guests eating here - I bet they'd find it spicy, like me. Anyone have any info on why this one differs?
I always enjoyed the Rasa in the unlikely setting of Leytonstone. The prices are more moderate and the food extremely interesting, specialising in dishes from the Central Kerala region.
Most dishes are robustly and subtly spiced, but to their credit, they were still able to accommodate my octogenarian mothers digestive system with apparent ease.
The fish dishes have always been excellent.
It has quite a following.
It could be a rent difference. That's why it pays to search and compare with places that might be slightly out of the way. Ironically, I've only been to the Rasa just off Oxford Street, and while it was nice it wasn't as good as say Quilon or Thattukada. How do the branches compare?