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Rasa Maricham is a traditional Indian restaurant boasting a team of award winning chefs. Rasa is a Sanskrit word with meanings that include taste, happiness, pleasure and essence.

Ranked #1797 of 5241 restaurants in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

18:00 - 22:30

TUE

18:00 - 22:30

WED

18:00 - 22:30

THU

18:00 - 22:30

FRI

18:00 - 22:30

SAT

18:00 - 22:30

SUN

CLOSED

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By S.

Wow, Rasa Maricham does extremely good Indian cuisine. It becomes clear on tasting that a lot of care has gone into the production of the food. The ingredients at Rasa Maricham seem to be top drawer too which certainly makes a difference.


By S.

Having only ever sampled the standard takeaway style Indian food, I was excited to be invited to Rasa Maricham. I didn't realise that it would be this good.

It is really nothing like the archetypal Indian restaurant - the flavours are more pronounced and the whole experience oozes quality. If you get the opportunity, I would highly recommend a visit to Rasa Maricham.


By Stephen F.

The Holiday Inn, King’s Cross is probably the last place you’d expect to find an impressive Indian restaurant, and so it proves, even if this is somewhere heralded by a number of online resources.

The Venue
Poking out the back of one of King’s Cross’ more salubrious residences (exactly…), you can’t actually access Rasa Maricham via what should be its front door. Instead you have to wander through the lobby of the hotel, past another restaurant, to a door with an unmanned desk. It’s actually a pretty big restaurant, with a large service area that looks like it plays host to buffets (probably on a Sunday), and a dining room with simple tables decked in white linen, and pink chairs matching the slightly naff pink menus.

The Atmosphere
It’s not the busiest of restaurants, so all that space does feel a little cavernous at times. When it does begin to fill, it’s usually with hotel guests, so you can expect anyone and everyone to join you; from families to lone diners and conference groups. Staff are a little languid, but do at least ask how goes the meal.

The Food
This little chain has a pretty solid reputation around London for serving good quality Keralan food, from the south west state on the Malabar Coast. And whilst some of the dishes here are perfectly fine, some don’t boast anywhere near the kind of layered spicing you might expect from a region of such culinary renown.

They’re a little sneaky, too. A simple request for ‘just some pappadoms’ (often gratis, or at least very inexpensive elsewhere) delivers the whole shebang, with a basket of achappam, pappadoms, pappadavai, banana chips and murukku plonked down with no explanation. The £3.50 charge is more or less palatable, but charging another £3 for the pickles and chutneys is downright cheeky, especially given the fact that there’s not a huge amount of finesse to them.

Other starters are great though, with kathrikka (£3.50) very good: a pleasingly light batter (with coriander and chilli) hosting well-fried sliced aubergines. The lamb puffs (£4.75) too are great: gorgeously spiced, with a lovely black pepper masala base. Mains, though, are disappointing. A konju manga curry (£8.90) is incredibly light on mango, and pretty light on coconut, relying on turmeric and chillies to make it anything other than bland, but the Varutharacha chicken curry (£6.95) can’t even manage that, tasting like the kind of generic curry sauce you might admonish your local, average curry house for serving up. Lemon rice (£3) tastes much the same as the plain old boiled rice (£2.75).

The Drink
Big bottles of Cobra come in at £4.90 a pop, which isn’t bad at all, and offer every bit of the gluggable complement to Indian food that they always have. If you’re looking for wine then the selection isn’t bad, with a fair few affordable options on a concise, but varied list.

The Last Word
A disappointing place, given the reputation of the Rasa chain. Prices aren’t bad and some dishes are good, but there are restaurants offering better insights into Keralan cooking elsewhere in London.


By LISA B.

Absolutely loved this place! My husband and I had the pleasure of dining here on last weekend. There was a set menu of 4 courses for £17.50. We were both really impressed with the quality and flavour of food - even the dips served with the different kinds of poppadoms were absolutely delicious, so we were really looking forward to the rest of our meal and were not disappointed. We had three different starters per head and there was a nice selection of curries (Lamb, Chicken, fish & vegetables with rice and two types of bread) for main course. All of them were absolutely lovely. What a perfect blend of flavours and textures. We also spoke to the chef and told him how delicious we thought his food was and he was a really pleasant man. The dessert too was delicious! I thought the service was very attentive that they all do things according to your wants and needs. This place was not too busy despite of the weekend, may be since it is hidden inside the Holiday Inn hotel and they need local promotion then. But with the friendly staff, awesome recipes, nice ambience it was a wonderful evening. All in all a perfect meal - we will definitely be going to this restaurant again and would recommend it.

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