In the heart of Dehradun, where the majestic Himalaya hills meet vibrant culture, popular Caribbean-themed lounge Raasta sets its stage in Uttarakhand’s capital. A couple of weeks back, we took a road trip to check out this super cool party lounge that everyone has been talking about. What instantly catches my eye is the colourful décor of the place, and the rows of vibrant Tibetan prayer flags lined up in the garden space. With a super Instagrammable Red door at the entry of Yeti Dehradun, the twin restaurants are already celebrated in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Goa, and Mumbai. As one steps into this lively space, peppy reggae beats greet you, instantly transporting you to the laid-back ambiance of an authentic tropical lounge. The interior, adorned with bold earthy tones, tropical elements, and Raasta’s signature colors—Red, yellow, and green—immerses you in the rich reggae culture, which is a signature style of this themed resto-bar.
The menu at Raasta is a symphony of global flavors, carefully curated to cater to diverse palates. For those, who are always on the move and planning to take road trips in the holiday season, this could be a perfect spot to spend some time and enjoy a hearty meal and some delicious cocktails on the way. From Jumbo prawns to mezze platters, the culinary offerings promise a delightful fusion. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a meat lover, there’s something for everyone. A great idea would be to visit here for the super lavish Sunday brunch, where you can find live pasta stations and a plethora of options in continental and Indian food to choose from.
While you are there, do check out the Yeti the Himalyan kitchen, a part of the premises, and serves amazing Nepali, Bhutanese and Tibetan street snacks. Stop here to try out the famous breads, momos, soups, Datshi from Bhutan, Kothe from Tibet and Sekuwa from Nepal. And, for desserts don’t forget to try the hot melt-in-your-mouth chocolate momos, that are just too good to be true! Beyond the culinary journey, Raasta transforms into a haven for music lovers. Local musicians and bands grace the stage, offering enchanting live performances.
An ode to Rastafarians:
With one of the largest outdoor areas and a rooftop overlooking the hills, Raasta’s commitment to the long-forgotten Rastafarian culture is evident in its warm and inviting ambiance. The lounge pays homage to legendary artists like Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, and Jimmy Cliff, blending Reggae with a hint of Dubstep.
Spanning at an expansive 16,000 square feet, the landmark lounge in the hills can accommodate over 220 patrons in one go. With accolades such as four-time winner of Times Nightlife Award, Easy Diner Awards, and multiple Zomato awards, Raasta is not just a place to eat and drink—it’s a celebration of simplicity, love, and freedom that represents the young and the vibrant music camaraderie from all parts of the world.
According to Joy Singh, Co-Founder of Raasta, Dehradun was a much-awaited destination, a perfect spot for travelers and locals alike to indulge in the best of music and food culture. Each night is dedicated to a unique theme, from Ladies Night to Reggae Night, ensuring a dynamic and entertaining atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking a cozy brunch, a vibrant dinner, or a place to unwind with friends, drop in here for some good food, music, and great vibes.