Rasa is an award-winning chain of restaurants bringing the taste of authentic, home-cooked southern Indian food to the UK.A Sanskrit word that has a wonderful wealth of meaning – Rasa represents taste, flavour, affection, pleasure, delight, happiness, charm, sentiment, pathos, beauty and essence and here, you will find all this and more. The food here is inspired by the authentic home cooking of beautiful, spice-rich Kerala, where all their chefs are trained. Food is their passion, prepared for you always with devotion, love, and the finest ingredients - they want you to experience a taste of Kerala's village and dishes from other southern Indian states.The Newcastle outlet is the first Rasa restaurant outside London and is located by the Quayside overlooking the River Tyne. The menu is splendid and has almost all the popular dishes that the London Rasa’s offer.Start your evening off with a drink and a pre meal snack such as Murukku crunchy sticks made from roasted rice flour, black sesame seeds and cumin seeds before choosing from the tastes on offer.Try Konju fry to start - fresh king prawns marinated in refreshing spices and fried in the traditional fashion or for vegetarians Kathrika - finely sliced pieces of aubergines dipped in a special batter, blended with coriander and chilli, before fried and served with fresh tomato chutney.Served as a main course - Kappayum Meenum Vevichathu is a dish that is the most popular “kallu shappu” delicacy in Syrian, Christian populated hilly areas. The fame of this dish is unparalleled and people throng village bars just to taste this fish curry, which is a uniquely combined with Kerala staple tapioca - king fish slices prepared with tamarind and fresh spices in a medium spicy sauce served with steamed tapioca root, seasoned with curry leaves, mustard seeds and grated coconut.Rasa Newcastle is certainly a place not to miss and as Jamie Oliver says of founder Das Sreedharan - “The food’s fantastic and inspiring. I have taken people to his restaurant on about ten occasions just to show off.
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