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Rasika West End

1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW (M St. NW) Send to Phone
202-466-2500
Daring contemporary Indian dishes in an ultramodern setting.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
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Rasika West End Restaurant Review

: Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj elevates the level of fine dining in DC --- and affordable dining at that --- with Rasika West End. The original destination in Penn Quarter, with its headliner chef Vikram Sunderam, has the air of a slightly comfortable neighborhood eatery, while this West End outpost has a completely different presentation with a touch of modern zing; crafty overhead lighting yielding an air of dark mystery; room divisions that provide a sense of privacy; and a menu that is not a copycat of its sibling’s. Although Sunderam oversees menu development, the resident chef puts his own stamp on such dishes as Bengali fish curry, crab pepper masala, okra with mustard seeds, mango shrimp, and a surprisingly unique lamb kathi roll, which vaguely resembles a spring roll but is wrapped in roti and sparked with mint chutney. You will find the usual suspects among the breads, but hold on: what about chili olive naan or onion and sage naan? Desserts include a rice pudding and several ice cream/sorbet choices.

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