• Rasa

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  • White Vegetarian

Small and cozy, specializes in South Indian food. Reservation is advised. Kitchen breaks on weekend afternoon before dinner service. Open Mon-Thu 18:00-22:30, Fri-Sat 18:00-23:30, Sat-Sun 12:00-14:30, Sun 18:00-22:30.

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24 Reviews

First Review by bikeboyz


Points +50

06 Apr 2023


Wide range of vegan options, very friendly staff, traditional decoration and music, great location, delicious food.



Points +2818

08 Nov 2022

More than enough choice

Been here a few times and always enjoyed the food. Always struggled to finish all, which is why I’ve never gone for the vegan feast, but luckily they will provide take out boxes on request.
Vegan and gluten-free items are clearly marked and there are various vegan starters, mains and bread. I recommend trying the Appam.
Gets busy so book ahead and be ready to vacate your table after 90-120 minutes.


Points +1065

21 Oct 2022

Good Indian food

👨🏽‍🍳 Servicio 10/10
Friendly staff

🧆 Comida 8/10
Tasty and big portions, and you can even have a vegan thali :)

💒 Ambiente 8/10
Indian decoration, the music was a bit surprising sometimes

💡Originalidad 6/10
The vegan options are clearly written in the menu, and you have plenty of choice !

💸 Fair prices

Pros: Tasty, Big portions, Clear vegan options


Points +72

03 Oct 2021


The food here is very bland. It does not taste like authentic South Indian food which is usually delicious. Most importantly they profit from animal abuse- as they are not vegan.

Cons: Not vegan , Bland , Not authentic


Points +70

08 Sep 2020

Best Keralan food in North London

My local. Vegan feast is fab and enough for two, if you just order one more dish. Pre-meal snacks and pickles are delicious. Vegan food clearly marked. The cuisine is South Indian, so plenty of dosas, all of which are excellent.

Pros: Excellent South Indian Food, Nice decor, Helpful staff

Cons: Popular, so you have to book


Points +45

05 Sep 2020

Great food and atmosphere

We've ordered vegan and veggie feast and I need to say it was waaaay too much food for me and my friend. I would advice ordering just one and maybe one other dish. But overall the food was great and stuff was lovely. However, I wish they would have warned us about the amount of food.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Fairly priced, Nice decor


Points +732

10 Mar 2020

Good food but nothing special

The food was good, but it wasn't anything special. Which I find is often the case with Indian food, it tastes more like the spices than of the veggies in the dishes


Points +392

18 Sep 2019

Great South Indian food

We had a great dinner at this place. Very much recommended. We especially liked the nair dosa. Make sure you reserve a table in the front side of the restaurant.

Pros: Nair dosa, Very friendly service, Vegan dishes well marked


Points +676

01 Jun 2018

Best Indian ever

My fave Indian restaurant. Masala dosas, aubergine curry - both my faves at the moment. Staff can be a bit surly but the food is so good I don’t care.


Points +1664

21 Dec 2017

Good food

Enjoyed a birthday meal here and the food was good. Went with some omnivore friends who weren’t that impressed but we had a good time. A good option if you’re in the area although wouldn’t travel here specially.


Points +3514

24 Aug 2017


It was okay, the food was good, but the service a bit slow.


Points +2702

06 Feb 2017

South Indian with great vegan options

Rasa's vegetarian branch. Delicious South Indian food with lots of vegan options (labelled on the menu) including a vegan dessert that isn't just sorbet.  Service can be slow but we keep going back for the food.

Pros: South Indian specialities, Lots of vegan options, Cheap

Cons: Slow service


Points +2147

16 Jan 2016

Excellent vegan options - always packed!

Rasa is the busiest restaurant on Church Street so it's worth calling ahead. The menu now labels its abundant vegan options. This is by far our favourite restaurant in Stoke Newington - very friendly service and excellent value for money!

Pros: Loads of vegan options, Great value for money, Fab service

Cons: Can be busy, so call ahead


Points +57

09 Jun 2013

Very good indian

heaps of vegan options on the menu. it may not be the best indian in london but its certainly 'very good indian' in London and very cheap too.

Pros: Cheap, Variety of options, Takes bookings


Points +48

21 Apr 2013

good but not the best

Rasa is a nice vegetarian restaurant, but honestly not the best indian place in London.
Food can be a bit bland sometime and although I never had anything bad, I have never been impressed neither.
Other places like Whoodland in Coven Garden can be a better choice if you are after something very tasty.

Pros: cheap, nice venue, many vegan option

Cons: not so tasty


Points +298

08 Apr 2013

Great vegan indian choices

Great vegetarian indian restaurant. The staff was very friendly and knew exactly what was suitable for vegans on the menu. We had 4 curries and 2 sides which each had a distinctive taste & ingredients, very tasty & not too spicy (on our request). We didn't asked about the desserts though. Defiinitely recommend it! It was not expensive.

Pros: All vegetarian, Excellent vegan options, Friendly staff


Points +44

08 Sep 2012

You've got to love this place

Will just keep going back forever. Never had a bad experience or meal. The takeout is also fantastic.

Great value and really friendly.

Only problem is its really popular. Try to avoid going into the back room unless you are a large group, since it gets quite noisy.

Pros: All rounder

Cons: Busy & noisy towards the back

Rosa and Joe

Points +422

05 Aug 2012

Outstanding Keralan food

We love this place, it's one of the best Indian restaurants we've eaten in and they're quite clear what's vegan and not. Delicious Keralan specialities. Our favourites include Kovakka Oliathu (we've probably spelt this wrong) and bhel puri. The only shame is they used to do a lovely vegan dessert but it's not vegan any more. Also the guava salad was amazing once, but another time we had it the guava was rock solid - worth checking it's in season before ordering. They could improve this place by having seasonal menus and vegan desserts, but despite this, everything we eat there is really delicious and it's a bargain and friendly, so it definitely gets 5 stars!


Points +71

23 Jun 2012


Friendly staff, great atmosphere, cheap and tasty food, never disappointed by the food there


Points +142

21 Feb 2012

My Favourite Restaurant In The World

I've been a devoted fan of Rasa since the 90s - I used to live a short walk away & now I live thousands of miles away, but it is still my favourite restaurant in the world. The food is just spectacular, and it still amazes me that they manage to serve fresh, exciting delectable food for about the same price as your average curry house. The pre-meal snacks & chutneys are a must, and the Thakkali Curry and Beet Cheera Pachafi are life changing. I'm a huge fan of the Kovakka Olathiathu as well, so yummy. If I have any room left after eating all that I like the Kesari for desert.

Rasa has grown and changed over the years, and it is a small chain now, but if you eat here you will be eating in the original Rasa, where it all began. Just make sure you don't go to Rasa Travancore over the road, where they serve meat.

Pros: Amazing Food, Fantastic Prices

Cons: None. Go eat there now.

Amity J

Points +25

19 Dec 2011

Authentic and delicious

A short review of this wonderful restaurant:

I have been living around the corner from Rasa for 8 years and love the food! I've never had a meal that I didn't love. I have always wondered how authentic the Keralan cuisine here is, and writing this review from Kerala having stayed in many different homestays and had lots of homecooked meals I can finally say that Rasa is not only delicious, but the real deal!


Points +100

15 Dec 2011


I adore this place. I've been coming here for over ten years and throughout that time I have never had a bad experience. the food is consistently good and the people who run it are lovely. The vegan choices are really good and though there isn't a separate menu the waiters know exactly which dishes we can have. This is one of the few curry restaurants where I can have coconut chutney (because unusually they don't put yogurt in theirs). The mysore bonda is my favourite starter. For mains we usually have 2 lentil dishes: cheera parippu and nadan parippu and a truly yummy okra dish with tomatoes. The rava onion dosa is fab and there is a choice of rice - lemon rice goes really well with the deliciously complex Keralan curry flavours. This is definitely in my top ten favourite restaurants of all time. It gets very busy so you have to book or come early. Love it! 11/10

Pros: Fantastic vegan curry, Really nice staff, Vibey Stoke Newington


Points +11765

22 Jun 2011

Rasa, Stoke Newington

I rocked into here last night. It may have been a Tuesday night but it was still busy and the smell when walking in was delicious.

They have a thing on the menu that they call a feast (for £16 per person at time of writing). I ordered this thinking I would get a thali. I liked that I was invited to ask if I had any favourites that I would like included.

The starter was a potato bonda, a kathrika (aubergine) and while I don't the name, it was like a banana fritter.

Next was a bunch of nibbles of crisps, poppadoms and other things like that followed by the main course. There were 3 dishes and immediately it was obvious I had over ordered. This was far to much for one person and I was wondering if they felt I was so thin that I needed feeding up or the like. I had a go at it but with there being bread and rice included, I ended up leaving more than I ate. It seems a but of a waste to say the least as I was given enough food to comfortably feed 3 people.

I liked the fact that when I asked for vegan friendly food the waiter was clearly knowledgeable. Indeed the service was fine and my only regret was that I ordered so much, I wasn't able to appreciate the food properly.

I'd be more than happy to try here again.

Pros: Vegan vego friendly, Nice atmo & service

Cons: Feast for 1 is too big


Points +25

27 Jan 2011

Vegetarian favourite when in London

What can I say other than I love this restaurant! 100% veggie menu is excellent. Great food, great service, great prices. Gets busy so if your wanting an evening meal make sure you book. Lunch times we've always managed to pop in and get a table ok. The decor is simple, but don't be put off you'll love the food.

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