Sorry folks: your big, brightly-lit new import from Delhi is scrubbed clean of all botanical associations. If you want reggae to go with your beer, stick to Toto’s. At Raasta, perched on floors four and five of the office building that also houses the Khar Social, you’ll get Top 40 hits and ‘bongtails’ poured into glass bongs, with ice crammed into their long necks.
For science, we sample a beaker of ‘Purple Haze,’ which promises to include whiskey, tequila, gin and triple sec in a fruity base. We’re suitably impressed by the appearance of the contraption, as big as a human torso, but size only gets you so far when all you can taste is overripe guava juice.
Raasta’s mothership in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, is shadier than its Mumbai avatar, and better for it: the lights are dimmer and some sort of cool concert is always underway. With the lights on, though, this Bombay sibling is just a roomy, family-friendly bar, which plays dull music at conversational volume and is staffed by unfailingly courteous people who tend to hover. The affect is a lot more Drake than Rihanna.
Raasta’s mothership in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi, is shadier than its Mumbai avatar, and better for it: the lights are dimmer and some sort of cool concert is always underway.
Our new friends can’t tell us much about the Caribbean food on the menu, but perhaps they’re just shy. They should be: you may be able to pass off smoked sausage as chorizo in many parts of India, but not here. The Goan at our table takes one look at a chicken and chorizo jambalaya, which looks and tastes like a dehydrated sausage pulao, and dismisses it. We also discover that Raasta’s idea of “raw banana fritters” is plantain chips out of a plastic packet. (While we’re at it, we assume a Jamaican pepper lamb isn’t supposed to taste like Asian takeaway, either.)
It’s always nice to welcome another concert venue to the neighbourhood and we’ll probably be back, chasing the magic of those storied HKV evenings. If you’re meeting us there, though, don’t skip dinner at home.
Getting there: Raasta, 4th and 5th Floor, Rohan Plaza, Khar (West). A meal for two with a round of drinks costs approximately Rs 2,800.
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Accessibility: A short flight of stairs and long walk to an elevator is unavoidable.
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