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May 5, 2014 08:45 AM

splurge meal- best place for experience?

Hi all--

I will be in dc next week and have the funds for a splurge meal! I think it would be too late to get reservations for komi (first choice) but am trying to decide where to go. I'd like to do somewhere that has a tasting menu and would be very memorable. Thinking CityZen or Restaurant Eve or maybe the Kaiseki tasting at Sushi Taro (or is Mokoto better?). I made a reservation at Volt (not table 21) but thinking it is too far away for a weeknight dinner. Wondering which would be the meal that I'll be thinking about for years to come...
Thoughts? Thanks so much!

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  1. Certainly check back in with Komi and get on a waiting list.

    Personally I really love The Source. They have a 7 course tasting menu that I'm sure is amazing. They also have a vegetarian option if that interests you. I just think the cooking at the Source is consistently amazing and the service is top notch.

    Another tasting menu to consider would be Rasika. They actually created one for me and my dining guests a few years ago for my birthday. We told them how many courses we were interested in and they just gave us what they thought would be fun that night. It was awesome! They also have a pre-set actual tasting menu (veggie option as well). You can get it at either location. I personally prefer the West End location since it is a little quieter (especially on a weeknight) but either would be delicious.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      yes re: Komi - never decide for yourself it's too late w/o calling first. it might very well be, but you never know until you ask.

      Rasika's set tasting menus (Elyssa - how did you score a customized one? there's yet another time it's good to just ask I suppose!) are labeled meat or vegetarian, the meat version will come with some of the same veggies so I'd either get the veg and split an entree or get one of each and have a very healthy dinner with a small thrill ride of some meat-based dishes.

      1. re: hill food

        My husband and I had been to Rasika many times before. My parents had never been. We told them we wanted 4-5 courses and that it must include the palak chat but wanted to avoid pork (not too hard in an Indian restaurant). They came up with their own menu (either the waitress or was unclear) and it was a ton of fun!

        1. re: Elyssa

          Oh I'm going to use this information. My wife and I are going for a long weekend next month for her birthday and have reservations at Rasika (haven't been yet) and Komi (have been a couple of times and love it so much). The instructions you gave are the precise ones we'd need, too.

          1. re: ccbweb

            If you don't mind going to Alexandria (Old Town) you should try Restaurant Eve. Great tasting menu, fantastic service, but be prepared to melt the plastic when paying. My wife and son took me there for my birthday last week and it was one of the best meals I've had in a long while.

            1. re: dinwiddie

              I don't mind the travel and I'll give it a look. My younger brother is in the process of moving into Alexandria, so we'll have reason to be there more often anyhow.

            2. re: ccbweb

              The palak chaat at Rasika is fantastic!

              1. re: Hobbert

                Hobbert - not only fantastic, it's perfunctory and required by law.

                  1. re: Hobbert

                    Thanks so much to everyone for the suggestions. Our dinners were incredible. At Rasika we marveled over the Palak Chaat. It really is every bit as good as everyone here says. Just an amazingly well conceived and executed dish. We can't wait to go back.

                1. re: Hobbert

                  Thanks to Hobbert and hill food for the recommendation on that. I'll be certain to order it next month! Any else as good?

                  1. re: ccbweb

                    Nothing in the world is as good at palak chat from Rasika. But one can not survive on palak chaat alone. :)

                    My other favorites (at least on the West End menu) are tawa baingain (eggplant, potatoes and 2nd fav dish there), chicken tikka masala (trust me, it's the best version you'll have), the lamb chops, the salmon, and the garlic naan. Also they have excellent cocktails.

          2. re: Elyssa

            Elyssa, how long ago did you leave DC? And when did you last eat at any of these restaurants?

            1. re: jfw

              I moved in Sept (but return once a month). The last time I ate at Komi (and also the only time) was about 3 years ago. I ate at the Source 2 months ago and Rasika about 3 months ago.

              if I haven't been to a place in over 2 years (especially for higher end places) I usually say so.

          3. I was blown away by CityZen at my dinner there about 6 weeks ago. IMO, a solid step above the other high-end options in the area right now.

            1. Rogue 24 comes under the category of thinking about for years to come. - check out their website:


              They have both a 16 and 24 course option, I had the 16.

              When you arrive try to get seated at a table immediately next to the kitchen.

              1. The omakase counter at Sushi Taro is MIND-BLOWING. I don't use that term often, but I feel it fits. If you have any interest in Japanese cuisine, please go.

                I've done the full 24 course journey at Rogue; tasting menu at Volt (but not Table 21). They were wonderful, but Sushi Taro is so intimate and incredible.