Indian lunch at Rasam’s in Sunnyvale, CA

A new Indian restaurant in the Bay Area is like the latest iPhone. Everyone wants to be the first to head there, take pictures, share on social networks and then recommend (or not). I am no different. This time, I have been very late to the party. Rasam’s, a new Indian restaurant in downtown Sunnyvale on Murphy Avenue has been around for a few months. In that time, I have seen many a friend head there are share photos and reviews on social media. So without any further delay, here are my experiences from a lunch over the weekend at Rasam’s.

We arrived at Rasam’s on a relatively quiet Sunday afternoon around 12:30pm. We expected the place to be crowded given the buzz it has been generating in recent times. Instead, we walked into a relatively quiet restaurant with less than 20 patrons. We were seated immediately. We were offered a nicely done menu. The ambience was very rich and done tastefully. The menu offered quite a few vegetarian possibilities. We ordered the Daily Vegetarian special, Kamal Kofta and Vegetable Biryani.

While we waited, we were treated to a small delectable sampling of their signature rasam. It was nice and spicy. Food arrived soon after. I have to first give props to the folks at Rasam’s for their attention to plating. The food was plated and presented very well. The Vegetarian Special of the day was Aloo Gobi which came in a bento box like setup with saffron rice, raita, Dal and some naan. The Kamal Kofta looked well done. The Vegetable Biryani was the clincher. Wrapped in a nice roti, it looked very appealing even before we took a bite.

Often times, a well presented menu translates to tasty food. But there are times when things dont come together quite as well. Thankfully, this time, the smell, taste and visual experience came together for our meal at Rasam’s. The biryani was very good and as requested, not too spicy. The dal and Aloo Gobi were excellent. All three of us were very happy and very full at the end of our lunch.

Overall, I would definitely recommend a trip to Rasam’s if you are in the area. Good Indian food to compete with the likes of Amber at Santana Row.


Ambiance: 8.5/10. Classy and well done interiors.

Service: 8.5/10. Service was quick and always upto expectation.

Food: 8.5/10. Whatever we tried tasted very good.

Price: 8/10. It is not the cheapest option in town. I would put it in the top 15% of Indian restaurants in South Bay in terms of price.

Restroom: 8.5/10. Clean and well maintained for now.

Overall: 8.5/10. We walked in dubious given the lack of a big crowd on a Sunday afternoon. We walked away, content and full. Recommended.