Receiving an invitation from GoodNews.com to a complimentary blogger luncheon, I paid a visit to Rasoee Indian Kitchen on Robson Street. Rasoee is a modern Indian quick service restaurant.I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect from an Indian fast food joint.
When I stepped into the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised by the decor because it’s clean, modern looking, although it doesn’t really speak Indian food to me. At the table were also Gloria and Hubert, Minna and Teresa. And I had a feeling those comfy chairs might just keep me in the restaurant longer than they want.
We were first greeted with a Mango Lassi, a very traditional Indian drink. It’s made of pro-biotic yogurt as this restaurant prepares the food in a healthy way. The drink is quite thick, yogurty, but without a very strong mango flavour. Next, I had a Vegetable Samosa. This is a baked samosa, versus the traditionally deep-fried version. It was very good, crispy and piping hot. And a bit spicy. We were given three different dips to sample it with – the Rasoee Dip, Mango Chutney and Creamy Coriander. My favourite was the mango chutney, followed by the Rasoee dip then creamy coriander.
For main course, we got to choose a Classic Curry Wrap from any of the Signature Curry Bowls. Say what? Rasoee offers both curry bowls and wraps, but you can also turn any of the curry bowls into a wrap. That’s an interesting idea. I selected the Classic Curry Chicken wrap, accompanied with a sensual side (dip) of my choice. And I chose Raita Dip since I haven’t tried it yet. The wrap reminds me of a Mexican burrito. It’s basically a curry bowl (including basmati rice) wrapped in a home-made naan bread. There were lots of ingredients and a lot of sauce so it could get messy towards the end. The chicken was tender but the big meat eater in me wouldn’t mind a few more pieces of chicken. All the wraps are done mild so to me, the wrap wasn’t spicy and the heat profile is nothing like traditional Indian food. If you like spicy food, I’d suggest at least ordering medium heat. I also recommend ordering creamy coriander dip as your side. I ate the wrap with the three dips provided earlier, in addition to the raita dip, and I found the coriander one stronger in flavour, more refreshing and worked better with the curry. The wrap may not look like much, but it’s quite filling. The ladies couldn’t finish it (or barely finished it).
Lastly, to end the meal we were each given a Honey Dot, which is Rasoee’s version of gulab jamun. Apparently the dessert was named by a Rasoee customer through running a contest when the dessert was first launched. This is supposed to be less sweet than the traditional one, and it’s dipped in honey instead of sugar syrup. Although I like my sweets, this was actually quite sweet. East Indians sure can take a lot of sugar!
If you are looking for traditional Indian food, Rasoee is not for you. This is a concept kitchen that serves Indian food with a twist, probably one that suits the mainstream. With limited seating and its location on Robson Street, this place definitely caters to a take-out/delivery crowd. If you are on the go and are looking for Indian food, consider Rasoee as one of your options.
Rasoee Indian Kitchen
320 Robson Street, Vancouver