Nisheeth Tak's appealing Rasam Restaurant in Glasthule is an appealing restaurant and has a devoted regular clientele, which is no wonder given the quality of the food.
Located over the Eagle House pub, customers go straight up the stairs to the restaurant where the decor is glamorous, sophisticated and colourful. Rich fabrics and wallpapers have been carefully chosen; this Dublin restaurants far from being a standard curry house.
The menu is not your standard curry house fare either, but an exploration of authentic regional dishes from around India, prepared by chefs from those regions who source their spices in India and grind them fresh each day.
The menu is relatively short, compared to many Indian restaurants, and each dish is clearly described and identified according to its regional origin.
It is clear that regional authenticity is key to the food offering, and there are plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians.
Stand-out dishes include Dum Pukht Gosht from Lucknow, a slow-cooked, aromatic yoghurt lamb curry that is Rasam's signature dish and Nimbu Jhinga, pan-seared prawns with fresh turmeric, Kashimiri round chillies, ginger, fenugreek leaves, lemon leaves and garlic. Although there is little or no provenance information given, and no suppliers are name-checked, it is clear that the quality ingredients used are selected with care.
A popular spot for family celebrations, the kitchen is mindful of modern dining preferences, and keeps an eye on the glycaemic load of dishes, opting for healthier preparation methods over over rich, creamy sauces.
An extensive wine and drinks menu is thoughtfully selected for compatibility with Indian food, and solicitous staff ensure that everything is as it should be.
All round, for a great Indian dining experience, Rasam has earned its place right at the top of the league.
*Rasam was our Ethnic Restaurant of the Year, 2007