Rasam is an Indian restaurant in Dublin adored by major celebs – we wanted to see what the fuss was about …
But when we walked into Rasam Indian restaurant in Glasthule, we couldn’t believe how busy it was. Clearly this establishment is a must-visit if there is a full house on a random Tuesday.
It’s no surprise the place was hopping given the recent famous faces that have been raving about Rasam. Ed Sheeran popped in for a curry when he played in Dublin over the summer. Miriam O’Callaghan celebrated a family birthday at the eatery a couple of weeks ago. Rosanna Davison adores the beautiful food. Pat Kenny has been a frequent diner for 20 years. And Marian Keyes has hailed Rasam as her favourite restaurant in Dublin.
With all the glowing reviews, we had to try out the celebrity hotspot for ourselves and see what all the fuss was about.
As soon as we walked in the door we were given a warm welcome by owner Nisheeth Tak. He has a big smile and open arms for all customers, delighted to chat to every guest like they are friends. Speaking to Nisheeth, he has clearly become ingrained in the local community. He is on a first name basis with so many of his customers and his hospitality is no doubt one of the reasons people regularly return to the restaurant.
Right – lets get on with the food!
We kicked off with a beautiful glass of Champaign (sure it’s nearly mid-week – why not!). We couldn’t decide what to get for a starter so tried a platter with a selection of different options. This included palak patta (crispy fried baby spinach), a adraki lamb chop, a duck roll, masala scallop and a jumbo prawn. Everything on the plate was delicious, however the jumbo prawn was definitely the winner. The massive prawn was so tender and full of favour it was just to die for.
Next up, we were served a divine main course. We ordered the old delhi butter chicken and the mango prawns along with some pulao rice and a selection of nann breads (peshwari, cheese chilli and garlic, onion & coriander).
The kitchen imports and grinds its own spices, which is evident in the incredible flavours that are rarely found in your standard Indian restaurant in Ireland. The focus in Rasam is on authentic regional dishes from around India – so if you are looking for a chicken tikka masala or a korma you won’t find it here. However, our mains were far superior to the unusual Indian cuisine found in Ireland.
Everything from the tender chicken to the creamy sauces and the fluffy nann was packed with incredible flavours. We now know why every celeb in Dublin is rushing here for their dinner!
The portions are incredibly generous and we ended up taking some food home with us (there was no way a single bite was being left behind).
Rasam is a busy spot so you are better off reserving your table in advance. Simply book here.