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Dress Code at Rasika and Tosca. Also what to order?

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ChemWork Jul 5, 2010 05:48 AM

My friends and I will be going to Rasika and Tosca next weekend and we were wondering about the dress code. I have seen Dressy and Business Casual, but I'm not sure what is appropriate. Would we be able to get by with shorts? Or are slacks and a polo OK? Or more formal? Any advice you have on favorite dishes is also welcome. Thank you for your assistance.

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    chicken kabob RE: ChemWork Jul 5, 2010 07:45 AM

    I can only speak for Rasika. Slacks and a polo are absolutely fine. I had the crispy spinach (forget the Indian name- very popular-must order dish), lamb chops and chocolate samosa (VERY chocolately=) for dessert. All were very good. Enjoy...

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    Rasika Restaurant
    633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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      foodtrip RE: ChemWork Jul 5, 2010 11:52 AM

      You would really be out of place wearing shorts in either of these restaurants at dinner. At Rasika, slacks and a polo would be ok. At Tosca, you'd probably want to put a jacket over that polo.

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      Rasika Restaurant
      633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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        BookGuy RE: ChemWork Jul 5, 2010 12:19 PM

        I have been to both and have worn a dress shirt and slacks, no tie and no jacket. The dining room is a mix of dressy and casual. If you look at your companion and your food and ignore the other diners, you won't feel out of place.

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          a1234 RE: ChemWork Jul 5, 2010 02:54 PM

          Most at Tosca wear suit and tie, but not required. I would not wear shorts or jeans, but felt OK in casual slacks and nice shirt.

          1. woodleyparkhound RE: ChemWork Jul 6, 2010 06:44 AM

            At Rasika, the crispy spinach (palak chaat, I believe it's called on the menu) is divine. Lots of people love the black cod, but I was disappointed in it. It was a nicely cooked piece of fish, but for me it was boring. I had a cocktail there that was very hot (spicy) and absolutely delicious.The other dishes we had were all excellent; you really can't go wrong there.

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            Rasika Restaurant
            633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

            1. ktmoomau RE: ChemWork Jul 6, 2010 11:13 AM

              Agree on the above dress suggestions. At Tosca I really like the pasta course with the ragu, and the veal entree. FYI you can get half portions of pasta as a starter or first course.

              At Rasika definitely get the crispy spinach. I had a fish entree there on my most recent visit that I really liked, can't remember the name.

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              Rasika Restaurant
              633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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                ChemWork RE: ChemWork Jul 7, 2010 06:15 AM

                Thank you all for your advice. I will try to report back in a timely manner.

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                  Giggling Gourmand RE: ChemWork Jul 8, 2010 08:41 AM

                  I like the veal ravioli at Tosca and you can't go wrong with the grilled fish dishes if you're in the mood for something light.

                  In addition to the dishes mentioned here I love the biryani at Rasika.

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                  Rasika Restaurant
                  633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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