I will be coming to DC in a few weeks to visit my daughter and I was able to get reservations at Rasika. Can anyone give me some guidance as to what are their best dishes or can't miss dishes to order? Thanks.
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Well the crispy spinach appetizer is a must order. I really like the lamb kohlapuri, but I often order based on the level of heat I feel like exposing my stomach to. The servers can normally tell you what is really spicy, what is mild and what is in between and what are the better options based on what you would like to eat. I find almost all the servers there immensely helpful.
We ALWAYS get the veggie dish that has paneer, cream, and cashews. I forget what it's called but it's SO good.
Also, I really like the paneer sashlik.
I've never thought that their bread was that good, however, compared to any other Indian restaurant.
Just ask your server and let him/her know how spicy you like your food. The menu is quite extensive and the dishes are made for sharing. Both times I have eaten there, the server recommended the crispy spinach, which is really unique and wonderful. I would say it's a can't miss because you probably won't get anything like it elsewhere. But trust the servers -- their recommendations are superb.
You may want to consider their tasting menu, which is one of the most reasonable tasting menus in the city. That's what we did the first time there because we wanted to try as much as possible - he got the meat one and I got the vegetarian one. There are a few overlaps between the menus and the waiter allowed us to substitute.
If you don't do that, always get the crispy spinach. I was there last night and we also tried the sev batata puri which, I have to confess, I actually enjoyed even more than their signature crispy spinach.
And save time for a drink at the bar first in the hopes that they have their awesome curry popcorn out.