I love how Indian restaurants in Ireland have changed over the past few years… gone are the days of the cold and stark restaurant with a bare table and standard option of madras or jalfrezi. Now we have some absolutely stunning food being served in warm, modern restaurants… the game has certainly been upped!
I’ve had fantastic meals in Pickle on Camden Street and Ananda in Dundrum, and I’ve heard all good things about Kinara Kitchen and also Rasam in Glasthule. So while totally milking my birthday and giving myself at least a week to celebrate, I chose Rasam as one of my birthday meals.
Rasam is on the main street of Glasthule. This is just such a nice part of Dublin, I’m forever envious of the people lucky enough to live out that neck of the woods!
It was a pretty chilly evening out so we were pleased to be welcomed indoors and seated. Having made a 6pm booking I thought it would be quiet enough but by 6.20 it was almost a full house so booking is definitely required!
Starter options included potato cakes, a spinach dish, trio of chicken, calamari, tiger prawns, duck rolls, red snapper and a mixed platter including a few mini portions of the favoured starter dishes.
As is my “go to”, I chose the vegetable and potato cakes with tamarind and banana yoghurt. I’m yet to be disappointed by potato cakes in an Indian restaurant and these were equally as impressive. Bursting with flavour and the pomegranate seeds not only added a pop of colour to the presentation but really went well with the dish.
The other starter was the Trio of Chicken, 3 pieces of chicken with a different marinade; red chillies & fenugreek, cheese cardamom & cream and tumeric root & mustard. I can’t personally vouch for the taste of it but was told it was delicious, the meat was soft and tender.
Mians ranged from about €15 for the veggie options to about €22, most of them being around the €20 mark. There was again a great selection of chicken, lamb, fish and veggie dishes. We chose our dish each and shared a bowl of fluffy pulao rice and a chilli and cheese naan bread.
Paneer Matar Makhana – Traditional Indian soft cheese in a sauce of tomatoes and cream with onions, garam masala, peas and lotus seeds.
Lal Maas – leg of lamb, slow cooked with garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, tomatoes, chillies and garam masala.
The food was all fantastic and flavourful… I don’t have a negative comment to say about any of it!
We opted to share a dessert and debated between the Indian version of Creme Brulee or the Orange & Passionfruit cheesecake… in the end the cheesecake won out and after a bit of a wait where I think we were forgotten about then two cakes arriving at once we made our way through the beautifully presented fresh and light cheesecake.
Rasam was somewhere I had wanted to try for ages ad it didn’t disappoint. It can be pricey enough by the time you add on sides to the dishes, as most decent Indian restaurants are, but the food is quality – and there is also an Early Bird that runs every day except Saturday. Go try it!
Rasam Restaurant, 19 Glasthule Rd, Glenageary, Glasthule, Co. Dublin