Rasoï is a fusion Indian restaurant in St-Henri. It isn’t particularly fancy or overpriced but because most Indian restaurants in Montreal are of the hole-in-the-wall variety, Rasoï definitely stands out. We had been to Rasoï in 2014 and had enjoyed a dinner that was as expected. We weren’t in a rush to return but recently we were invited to try some new dishes, and we were intrigued to see what had changed.
We started with two cocktails, the Cajun Bloody Caesar had cumin on the rim which gave it a nice Indian feel. We absolutely love Bloody Caesars and the addition of a crispy slice of bacon was pure bliss. We also tried the cocktail of the month which was very complex with brown rum, bourbon, rosemary, chai tea with ginger ale, pear juice and orange bitters. It sounds like too many ingredients but we assure you that it was absolutely delicious!
Diva #1 is not a soup person, she likes pho soup and it basically ends there. The soup of the evening was a panang soup with coconut milk, it completely astounded us. This Thai style chilli pepper soup with a coconut milk base broth was creamy and delicious. The noodles were made of pumpkin, and chunks of sweet potato were in the soup with corn and cilantro. Sweet Pea is still talking about it!
The owner explained that they made this soup by accident, they were trying to make a sauce and ended up thinning it too much. They threw in a few other ingredients and they made it into definitely one of the best soups that we’ve ever had! We loved the Thai Indian fusion element of this soup, it makes Rasoï as an Indian restaurant stand out from the rest.
We really love the fusion element of Rasoï, they had a Lamb Madras poutine – Indian cuisine please meet Quebec! Lamb madras is made by simmering lamb in curry paste, at Rasoï they used a curry infused gravy and leg of lamb with delicious crispy fried onions. Quebec cheese curds and plenty of cilantro and a salty seasoning was incorporated into the poutine. It was absolutely delicious, and the addition of the crispy fried onions were a great touch!
Rasoï kept on impressing us, this time with a fennel and arugula salad with rum infused pineapple, pine nuts and an orange marmalade vinaigrette that made us feel like we were in the tropics. The crispy fried shrimp surrounding the salad were a nice touch to this fresh salad. We were getting rather full, but everything was so enjoyable that we were polishing our plates.
The fish of the day was a pan seared Mediterranean seabass in a mint yogurt cucumber masala. It was served with cauliflower, Asian honey mushrooms and baby mesclun. We had never tried any type of fish prepared with Indian spices and it was very good. At Rasoï you can try a lot of different Indian dishes, it isn’t all about butter chicken. They really helped expand our knowledge of Indian food, make sure that you talk to the staff, they’re very helpful.
Our favourite of the two mains was the amazing lamb korma. New Zealand lamb chops are cooked a perfect medium rare and sat above the yogurt based curry sauce with plenty of caramelized cipollini onions and potatoes. We were given plenty of naan bread and rice to enjoy with this quintessential Indian dish and we were soon soaking up all the sauce.
For dessert we had the khalfi crème brulée which is a twist on a traditional French crème brulée with the incorporation of khalfi, a type of Indian custard most commonly used to make Indian ice cream. It was lightly spiced with cardamom and pistachios for that Indian feel.
Rasoï is a trendy Indian restaurant that still provides traditional Indian eats that you find at your favourite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, but with a few fusion twists, and finer ingredients. All in a fabulous atmosphere.
Our Rating: Splendid
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