Raasta is one of the best places I have visited in a long time. The food, ambiance, service, atmosphere, everything was spot on.
I visited this place during the Hummus Festival Chef’s Basket. Located near Khar Station, this place seemed to get even more busy as the night grew darker.
The Ambiance :
At first sight, the restaurant seemed quite small but when you take the elevator you realize how big this place is. The ambiance has a beautiful Jamaican/Ethiopian theme with and hugely influenced by Bob Marley. The walls are painted in the Ethiopian Tricolor of red, yellow and green. It was then I realized that Raasta derives its name from Rastafari, which is the religion followed by many Jamaicans and Bob himself.
The Drinks :
We began with a round of Mocktails, The Flamingo, which was a combination of Cranberry, Lemon and Pineapple Juice, topped of with Soda and The Raasta Special, which is by far the best Mocktail I have had. It has three separate layers inspired from the Rastafarian Tricolor and each Layer had a different flavor. Definitely worth a try.
Later on we also tried out the Cookie and Cream Shake and a Fresh Fruit smoothie, they were the only two dishes that tasted quite average, not something I would recommend.
The Food :
The food was the best part of the night. We began with the Special Chef’s Basket Hummus B’Lahmeh which is Hummus with Roasted Garlic Lamb, served with tender Pita Bread.
The Non-veg Barbados Platter was next on our list. It looks like a dish sent from heaven, consisting of Lamb Jalapeno Cigars, Chicken Strips, Caribbean Grilled Chicken and Jamaican Chicken Skewers. All of them were cooked and spiced to perfection. Do try it out.
Next we had Jerked Chicken Wings and Jamaican Pork Ribs. The chicken wings were perfect, beautifully spiced and so tender that the meat just slid of the bone. I thought this was only possible on television. The ribs had a nice spicy seasoning and came with mashed potatoes that helped balance the spice. The ribs did have rather less meat on them but no complaints, thanks to its amazing flavor. We also had the Caribbean Shrimps which were quite good.
For the Main Course, we ordered a Sambuca Cajun Grilled Basa, which is a whole Fillet of Basa served with Sambuca Cajun Sauce and Cheese and Vegetable Fajita. While I didn’t like the sauce, the Fajita was nice but the main star of the dish and the night was the Grilled Basa. It was absolutely delicious and so tender that it would break each time i tried to lift it. Strongly Recommended.
By now the lights had turned down low, and the restaurant that I was sitting in had slowly converted into a pub. And as the lights grew dimmer, the music grew louder. They even had a drummer performing live. Amazing atmosphere. We ordered a Walnut Brownie and Sticky Toffee Pudding to end the night. Both f the dishes were served with Vanilla Ice cream and the serving sizes were huge. The Brownie had a bittersweet taste to it while the Toffee Pudding was sinfully sweet and gooey. A nice end to an amazing night.
Overall, a must visit place for both the foodie and the party animal, we arrived here around 8pm and left around midnight and watched this place transition from a restaurant to a pub without realizing how time flew by. Jah Bless!
Location : Rohan Plaza, Ram Krishan Nagar, Khar.
Cuisine : Jamaican, Continental and Goan
Cost for 2 : Rs.1500 (approx)