Chicken curry and Lemon rice from Rasa in Oxford Street | gluten free London | gluten free Oxford Street | gluten free Central London

Rasa (W1) | Eating Gluten Free in London

Rasa

Location: London, UK
Branches: one in Oxford Street (Rasa W1) + two in Stoke Newington (Rasa N16 + Travancore)
Cuisine: South Indian / Kerala
Gluten free status: excellent knowledge of gluten and cross-contamination | safe for Coeliacs

I know Indian restaurants tend to be able to cater for us gluten free people, but some, like Rasa, are better than others! The food and service are brilliant. There is no separate gluten free menu, but they are very clued up about gluten (and other allergies) and will be able to point you towards safe dishes. (Update 13.03.2018: the gluten free options now have a clear gluten free symbol on the menu).

They’re a small chain with a few locations around London, but the only one I have been to so far is the Oxford Street branch. Update 13.03.2018: I finally went to of their Stoke Newington branch, Rasa Travancore, and it was amazing! I don’t know if I was imagining this, but I swear the menu was bigger there. And the prices lower too! Personally, I would say this is the best Rasa. ?

Nadan khozy curry, channa masala, dosa, pilau rice and lemon rice from Rasa Travancore in Stoke Newington | gluten free London | gluten free Stoke Newington | gluten free Central London
Rasa Travancore: nadan khozy curry, channa masala, dosa, play rice and lemon rice.

They have a lot of interesting and naturally gluten free dishes to choose from – curries, dosas and even some of their fried battered starters (which they promised me are fried separately from gluten containing foods). Each restaurant has a slightly different menu. In fact one of them – Rasa N16, which I believe is the original – is completely vegetarian, for those interested. You can check out their website here for more info.

If you love south indian food, then you’ll love Rasa. And cross-contamination wise, I must have eaten there a million times and I’ve never had a problem. It’s one of my favourite restaurants and not just because of how safe it is for coeliacs, but because it really is excellent!

I love all the curries I’ve tried there, but one of my favourites (as shown in the main picture above) is the Varutharacha Kozhy (chicken curry with dry roasted coriander seeds, freshly grated coconut, dried red chillies, fresh curry leaves and tomatoes). I’m guilty of taking this one a lot of the time, but another one I highly recommend is the King Fish curry. I’m looking forward to trying the mango king prawn curry next time. 😛

Kathrikka (fried battered aubergines) from Rasa (w1):

Gluten free fried battered aubergines from Rasa in Oxford Street | gluten free London | gluten free Central London | gluten free Oxford Street

Dosa from Rasa (w1):

Gluten free dosa from Rasa in Oxford Street | gluten free London | gluten free Central London | gluten free Oxford Street

Rasa Travancore: nadan khozy curry, channa masala and pilau rice.

Nadan khozy curry, channa masala and pilau rice for Rasa Travancore in Stoke Newington | gluten free London | gluten free Stoke Newington | gluten free Central London

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