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great Indian food in D.C.

What are some recommendations for Indian food in D.C.? We stay near the Mall, White House, and usually go to Dupont Circle. Thanks.

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  1. First and foremost, there is Rasika - an absolute must. Call today for a reservation. There are now two locations. It truly is very special. Their palak chaat is probably the best single dish in town.

    I also really like Masala Art, very near the Tenleytown Metro station.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      I agree 100 percent, Rasika is argueably the best Indian in the Country. Marsala Art is solid as well.

      1. re: Always_Eating_Ramen

        "Rasika is argueably the best Indian in the Country."

        Although it may not be the best in the DC area. I can eat better at Passage to India in Bethesda.

    2. In that neighborhood, the new West End Rasika is a great option. The original Rasika is also very close to the Mall/Chinatown.

      Heritage India just reopened on P and 17th, close to Dupont. It used to be pretty good, though I haven't tried the new location yet.

      And note that Masala Art is an easy metro ride to Tenleytown on the metro (red line) from Dupont Circle/Chinatown/Metro Center.

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      1. re: hamster

        I also like Bombay Club, managed by the same group that runs Rasika. Agree on Rasika and Masala Art.

        1. re: dcandohio

          I second Bombay Club. It's very close to the White House, and much easier to get reservations than Rasika.

          1. re: eguder

            I've been eating at Bombay Club over the past 25 years whenever I visit D.C. and recommend it without reservation (no pun intended).

      2. Definitely check out Rasika. There are 2 locations---one in Penn Quarter (not far from the Mall) and another newer one (which I prefer because it's not as noisy) in the West End. Both are wonderful and have top notch service. Note: these places aren't exactly cheap though.

        1. If you're able to make it further north, I recommend Indique, Masala Art, and Indique Heights. I also really like Passage To India in Bethesda. Would love to go to Rasika, but with what I make, it would be a rare special occasion visit :(

          1. If you go to Rasika, which I highly recommend, you MUST try the Palak Chaat, which is probably its signature dish. It's like nothing you've ever tasted.

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            1. re: bcarter3

              Except now I've tasted it at 3 different restaurants.

              1. re: mdpilam

                Well mdpilam, if you saw your competitors selling the heck out of a very simple dish, you'd probably make it too.

                What other places are serving the palaak chat now? Rasika's is good, but way overpriced. (They basically jacked up the price when it became popular.) It's a great $6 dish. $10? Maybe not.

                Patrick
                www.firstbitedc.com

                1. re: firstbitedc

                  Bombay Club, Jewel of India and Tandoori Nights all have it.

                  Don't get me wrong, I love it, but I was just making the point that it's not "like nothing you ever tasted".

                  1. re: mdpilam

                    If you go to Rasika, which I highly recommend, you MUST try the Palak Chaat, which is probably its signature dish. It's like something mdpilam has tasted in 3 different restaurants.

                    (Fixed that for you.)

            2. I really enjoyed Rasika's West End location. Paalak chaat (deep fried baby spinach drizzled with chickpea flour batter and seasoned with tamarind chutney and a little yoghurt), and daal dhungaree (it's like daal makhni but infused with smokiness) were really excellent. Enjoyed the biryani also. Everything else quite good. Very nice Indian food. Probably the nicest and definitely the fanciest Indian restaurant I have ever been to in the US.

              1. Agreed on Rasiksa. Bombay Club is just alright and tends to favor the American Palate. Aditi out in VA is alright and but of course not as fancy or trendy.

                1. If you want a place for casual lunch near the Mall, I think the Indian place in the Old Post Office food court is pretty good.