Rasika is my favorite Indian restaurant downtown right now. Chef Vikram Sunderam really changed the landscape in Washington, D.C. He perfected modern Indian cuisine and it instantly took off in the city.
Each dish has its own pop of flavors that you can tell was carefully created. The food is not cheap, but the price is well worth it. I think the palak chaat is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Crispy baby spinach is topped with yogurt and a sweet tamarind and date topping. It may not sound like a common combination, but everyone here raves about it. My Indian-American friends included.
I love to go to Rasika during Restaurant Week, when you can usually enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner at a lower price point. However, I have gone during my lunch break before, and for dinner outside of that week. The meals are so rich and unique that it’s hard to wait to go back – just thinking about the consistency of the naan makes me want to make a reservation right now.