Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Break DC: Rasika

Man, sometimes I swear that I was meant to be born Indian since I dig their food way too much for any normal person. Plus I really like the whole eating with your hands thing. I'm a weirdo and I admit it. Although I adore Indian food, it usually tastes the same from restaurant to restaurant, so I was confused why Rasika in DC is so well regarded. What could set it so far head of the pack? I was able to find out for myself.

Mango lassi. Really great and so smooth, although it could've been served more chilled.

Palak chaat, a crispy spinach appetizer. This was incredible, with such an interesting combination of flavors and textures in each bite. I asked David if we could order a second one but we decided to wait for our mains first and see if we had more appetite later.

My lamb biryani, which was not on the menu. The bread baked on top of the rice was a cute touch.

David's black cod. Holy crap this was fantastic. It was the best fish dish that I've ever had. I wouldn't call it very Indian-style dish, but this is what Rasika is famous for.

The garlic naan. Really nice and pillowy, although the portion was small.

I made Indian food the next day. I told David that it would blow Rasika out of the water, but I don't think it did :( I made my chicken tikka makhani and this chickpea coconut curry. I promise my food was much tastier than it looks...

And my homemade dessert was a nice touch :) I made salty caramel and the darkest chocolate ice cream in the world from the Jeni's ice cream cookbook. I threw in some french macarons from Trader Joe's, which were a nice touch. 

633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 637-1222

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