Washington DC 20004
With its luminous contemporary-style interior, enhanced by vivid Indian art, and varied menu that offers many familiar Indian flavors but avoids cliché, Rasika is one of the most appealing restaurants in our nation's capital. In addition to the expected tandoor oven (utilized for such dishes as swordfish tikka and tandoori salmon as well as more familiar offerings), the kitchen makes good use of a traditional tawa, or griddle, to produce delights like spiced potato and chickpea patties, shrimp–rice pancakes with tomato chutney, and griddled kidney beans with figs and vermicelli. Breads include mint paratha, truffle naan, and goat cheese kulcha, and the sigri (barbecue) preparations include fresh mango shrimp with cashews and ginger and paneer (cheese) brochettes with onions and peppers. -- Colman Andrews
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Best Indian food in DC, Chef Vikram is amazing as well as owner Ashok Bajaj. Sexiest restaurant also. -Tamesha Warren, Top Chef
Rasika is not just one of the most popular Indian restaurants in DC — it's also, quite plainly, one of the most popular restaurants in DC, period. [Eater 38 Member]
**** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends the baked cabbage dumplings.) http://wapo.st/qBcG1C
Easily the area’s best Indian restaurant and unlike any other in the crowded field. What to get: Ragda patties, potato cakes with tamarind-date-and-mint chutney; avocado and banana with date chutney.
Palak Chaat: crispy spinach
Mango and Tomato recommends the Ananas Gosht, "The lamb was fork-tender, the "curry" was smooth and fragrant, and the rice was absolutely perfectly cooked."
Bill Clinton and Maureen Dowd are frequent patrons of the best Indian restaurant in the city. The mango shrimp or duck treated to a luscious sauce of cashew paste, saffron, and mace is your best bet.
crispy spinach & naan... mmm.
There is a reason why Washingtonians talk so highly of the palak chaat — flash-fried spinach — the standout appetizer at this much-beloved Indian restaurant. Try it. You'll thank us.
About as good as it gets in DC for Indian
Start with the Palak Chaat and go with the Chicken Tikka Masala. AMAZING.
Crispy spinach, and the shrimp curry. DO IT.
my favorite restaraunt in DC! Love it
Food blogger The Not-Ever-Still Life recommends the baingan mattar bharta (smoked eggplant entreé) or the vegetable curry and the ragda (spiced potato–and–chickpea fritters).
The palak chaat - crispy spinach - is highly recommended by nearly everyone who's ordered it. Ever tried truffled naan? Now's the time.
Get the spinach. Trust me. It's actually that good.
For two, vegetarian and the non-vegetarian tasting menus together give an incredible variety of food! Great experience all around. (For overlaps between menus, you can even ask for a swap.)
This place is so good, I just left and already want to come back.
Get the spinach appetizer!
The palaak chat is great but truffle naan is the best bread I've ever had.
Do not pass GO! without having the lamb chops. Amazing.
I want to eat the palak chaat literally all day every day. Best Indian food I've had in a long time
You have to try the Palak Chaat. Crispy spinach / sweet yoghurt / tamarind / date chutney.
Fantastic Indian. You may even get to dine with your Congressman (sort of)...I did.