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ligature Oct 18, 2012 07:27 AM

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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    Doh Oct 23, 2012 06:18 PM

    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.

    1. Smiles2008 Oct 20, 2012 09:55 PM

      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. luckyfatima Oct 18, 2012 07:16 PM

        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.

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          bcarter3 Oct 18, 2012 06:26 PM

          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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            mdpilam Oct 19, 2012 08:31 PM

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

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              firstbitedc Oct 21, 2012 09:48 AM

              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.


              1. re: firstbitedc
                mdpilam Oct 21, 2012 02:00 PM

                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
                  bcarter3 Oct 23, 2012 06:12 PM

                  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.)

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            The Big Crunch Oct 18, 2012 04:37 PM

            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 :(

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              Elyssa Oct 18, 2012 01:22 PM

              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.

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                hamster Oct 18, 2012 11:49 AM

                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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                  dcandohio Oct 18, 2012 11:56 AM

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

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                    eguder Oct 18, 2012 12:06 PM

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

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                      paulmunk Oct 23, 2012 06:31 PM

                      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. woodleyparkhound Oct 18, 2012 11:30 AM

                  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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                    Always_Eating_Ramen Oct 18, 2012 11:36 AM

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

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                      Steve Oct 18, 2012 01:01 PM

                      "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.

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