In late summer 2019, the ornate purple Victorian building located between Heirloom and 2nd St. Tavern on Savannah Road became Raas: An Asian/Indian fusion restaurant. Owned by a group of Lewes doctors that includes Lewes urologist Dr. Ramachandra Hosmane and his cardiologist son Vinay, the building was returned to its original light blue and white motif. The owners were fortunate to secure Chef GG Gupta to handle the kitchen duties and the fusion of Asian, Thai, Indian and Caribbean cooking. GG has become a bit of a celebrity, greeting guests around the room and treating some to special off-menu goodies when things aren't busy.
I was honored to be invited to a pre-opening media/friends & family party, along with Cape Gazette Publisher Dennis Forney and his wife Becky, advice columnist Michael Hurd, Ph.D., Heirloom Executive Chef Matt Kern, Karen and Tony Sposato, Rob and Lorna Arlett, the Drs. Hosmane and others. I recently attended yet another meet & greet in January 2020. A fun event, and resulted in some new photos for the gallery. Take a look!
RAAS1/21 RAAS2/21 Malai Broccoli3/21 Keema Pao4/21 Saffron Chicken Tikka5/21 Thai Curry Combo with prawns6/21 RAAS7/21 Pork Vindaloo8/21 The Raas signature cocktail, Mango Lassi9/21 Hot, fresh naan10/21 Tempura Prawns11/21 GG's Dum Biryani w/Chicken12/21 The particularly delicious Keema Pao (minced lamb with soft rolls)13/21 The comfortable bar14/21 RAAS15/21 RAAS16/21 RAAS17/21 RAAS18/21 Keema Pao19/21 Spicy Fried Okra20/21 Tandoori Roasted Salmon21/21
Chef GG has put a number of interesting dishes on the menu, some of which are viewable in the gallery. One of my favorites there at Raas is the Keema Pao side (though I tell you it could be a main course!). Think of it as a lamb sloppy joe with an Indian accent. I get it every time. We also love the naan at Raas, and if Chef GG is in the mood he occasionally tops it with a very thin layer of cheese. Think white pizza (a la Pines of Rome in Bethesda, Md. for those of you who follow that sort of thing) but with a whole new spice structure. Salmon lovers love the tandoori-roasted version, beautifully spiced and charred to perfection. Don't miss the fried okra dish, either.
I can tell you that the flavors are well curated, with intense tastes and aromas reminiscent of Indian, but with other influences as well. Lucas, our server (now star bartender!), is a transplant from Maine and was efficient and extremely friendly. The restaurant is a very pleasant experience on many levels.
Raas is located between Heirloom and 2nd St. Tavern on Savannah Road between 2nd and 3rd Streets. See the current menu HERE.
Scroll through the image gallery to get a look at some of the dishes. Raas is open for lunch and dinner. Hours and days change in the off season. so be sure to call! (302) 644-1747