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Raku Restaurant Review: Mark Miller opened the first Raku in Dupont Circle years ago. With this second outpost and a different Asian menu that provides only Thai and Japanese cooking (with one Korean exception), it is fair to say that the offerings have taken a turn for the better --- this restaurant provides an improved take on the Asian kitchen. Mind you, it's all very interpretive: which Asian cuisine would include polenta or ratatouille with an entrée meat? But overlooking these creations, we'd have to say that Raku makes a pleasant luncheon stop, particularly for customers lusting for big bowls of noodle soup. Try the tempura shrimp and vegetables in the Tokyo Dashi bowl for a filling midday break. And if you long for sushi or sashimi, there's plenty here to satisfy those cravings, too. Heftier entrées include grilled salmon teriyaki or miso-marinated Chilean sea bass, and a special bento box, the contents of which vary daily. Want a good stiff drink? Check out the cocktails and detailed saké collection. Other locations.