Review on Rasa Newcastle
The first branch of the innovative Rasa chain outside the environs of London, this branch of the group is right on Newcastle's fashionable Quayside overlooking the River Tyne. It sports the now-familiar house colours (lurid pink) and evocative décor evoking the owners' homeland, Kerala. Like Rasa Travancore in London, the menu takes its cue from the Christian cooking of the region and includes meat as well as vegetarian and fish dishes.
Pre-meal nibbles come with Rasa's trademark homemade pickles and chutneys, and the full menu has stews for the Christmas and Easter festivities, tea shop snacks, classics from the 'toddy shops' and bars of the region and even famed recipes from individual families: Ms. Mariamma from Trivandrum contributes varutharacha meen curry (tilapia in a turmeric-tinged coconut sauce with tomatoes, curry leaves and mustard seeds).
Elsewhere, the choice of possibilities ranges from kathrikka (sliced aubergines in batter with tomato to chutney) to roast duck tharavu (a Kuttanadu Christian speciality spiked with ginger). Desserts include banana dosa (a rolled pancake) and to drink there are some decent wines as well as Rasa own-label beer.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express