Funny how certain foods and certain decor phrases just seem to go together.
Sushi: woodsy minimalism
Modern American: airy intimacy
Indian: insanely hip
Wait. What was that last one?
You heard right. Indian food and stylish design come together with the opening of Rasika. The new restaurant from Ashok Bajaj (Ardeo, Bardeo, and 701) and chef Vikram Sunderam (London’s Bombay Brasserie) is done up to the nines with crystal curtains, luxurious silks, and Spanish stone floors.
And the menu’s just as impressive. Dine on crispy spinach salad with date and tamarind sauce, or black cod with fresh dill and star anise. Then try the delicious apple jalebi with cardamom ice cream for dessert. The dining room’s cozy and has a community table should you decide to make nice with the cook (totally recommended).
Afterward, head over to the warmly lit bar for something from the floor-to-ceiling wine cellar. It’s the ideal mix of traditional Indian flavors and good old American flair.
To coin a phrase.
Rasika, 633 D Street NW, between 6th and 7th Streets (202-637-1222).