A couple of weeks ago, I received an invite to a special blogger luncheon from Shirley of Good News Vancouver. Good News Vancouver is organizing another signature Dollar Deal. They partnered with Rasoee on Robson St. where if you ordered any of their classic curry wraps for $1.00 (reg. $7.27). The entire dollar will be donated to Kids Up Front (http://www.kidsupfrontvancouver.com/) and the deal runs from March 15 – March 20. Kids Up Front is a charitable organization that provides access to arts, culture, sports and recreation for kids who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
Rasoee Indian Restaurant serves up their interpretation of ‘modern’ Indian fast food…so don’t expect a side of fries or ‘chips’ with it (ie referring to UK Indian fast food). The restaurant decor is simple and yet bright, clean, stylish, and comfortable. The luncheon was held on March 12 and it was small cozy affair; at the table were foodies behind VanFoodies, The Network Hub, and Ho Yummy.
Since it was a mini tweetup to orient us and to promote about the event, this won’t be the usual full review post.
First, we were all served the very thick and healthy Mango Lassi: it’s a thick smoothie like drink with mango and yogurt.
We were then treated to a vegetable samosa
As with the overall theme of the restaurant, they try to make their food as healthy as possible. Unlike the traditional deep fried method, Rasoee’s samosas are baked which still maintains its crispiness. Three dips accompanied the fried goodness for us to try (unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to sample all of them: the Rasoee Dip (yogurt, curry spices, and fresh cilantro), Mango chutney, and Creamy Coriander (Classic and light. Pro-biotic yogurt, sour cream, garlic, coriander and a hint of lime).
Next we got to select one of their signature curry wraps. Their usual ‘Signature Curries’ wraps is filled with cardamom basmati rice, fresh cut vegetables, and a side of your choice and served in a freshly baked Rasoee Naan (Regular or Whole Grain). I picked the Be Green Vegetables Curry Wrap
The Be Green Curry is spinach sauce infused with a hint of cinnamon and served with your choice of chicken, beef, or Rasoee’s own ‘Fresh Pressed Cheese’, and a side of fragrant basmati rice.
To end our lunch, we had a taste of dessert, the cutely named Honey Dot
The Honey Dot is Rasoee’s version of gulab jamun (a dough consisting mainly of milk solids rolled into a ball together with flour and then deep fried. It is then put into in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom seeds and rosewater, kewra or saffron). I’ve had tons of gulab jamun when I was living in the Little Punjabi town / Sunset area and the Indian sweets shops were only a walk away.
It was a fun afternoon with the fellow bloggers and a great simple intimate luncheon organized by the effervescent Shirley. Remember to check out Rasoee this week to support Kids Up Front!