My and I boyfriend decided to have a fancy dress night where we went to a secular Bach concert performed by the Washington Bach Consort (this lady loves the harpsichord!) followed by dinner at Rasika. Rasika has been on my list for a while now, and after dining here I can’t believe I waited this long. The first thing I have to say about this place is to make your reservation well ahead of time. I made mine a month ahead for a Saturday night and was able to get a 9 pm seating. The concert started at 7:00 pm, and was a short walk away so I thought this would give us enough time. We arrived about 20 minutes early and waited at the bar until our table was ready. The restaurant was dim and moody, but bustling with a ton of customers and busy staff. By the time we ordered our cocktails, it was time to be seated. We only waited about 5 minutes! We sat with our drinks and tried to decide what to order for dinner.
I ordered the Margarita and my boyfriend ordered the Highland Hopper. I think I liked them both the best! The Highland Hopper was sweet and tart and I could taste the tamarind in the Imli Margarita.
Everyone that I know that’s been to Rasika, including my boss, highly recommended the Palak Chaat which is a crispy spinach dish with sweet yogurt, tamarind and date chutney.
I’m so glad I listened to everyone. This dish was fantastic! I’ve never had crispy spinach before. I’m assuming it was flash fried, but it wasn’t oily at all. It was similar to kale chips or crispy seaweed. But way better. We were both trying to be polite, attempting to share the dish evenly, but towards the end, we were like dueling forks in a bowl. We should’ve order two of them 🙂 For dinner, I had the Tandoori Salmon. My son recently stopped eating it at home, so it was nice to be able to order something that was just for me.
Tandoori Salmon: Kashmiri Chilies, cinnamon, black pepper Usually, when I order salmon I tell the server that I want it cooked firm. I’m not a big fan of seared seafood and want to make sure that everything is cooked thoroughly. This time I threw caution to the wind and decided to be adventurous. I was lucky. The salmon was perfectly cooked. It was a little soft, but thoroughly cooked well and was flavorful and flaky with just a little spice. And I was pleasantly surprised with such a large portion!
Chicken Biryani: Aromatic Chicken, basmati rice, riataMy friend had the Chicken Biryani. It was also a deceptively large portion! It was served in what I like to call a cauldron, stuffed with chicken and rice and topped with baked bread that was opened for him tableside. I’ve never made it, but it had that homemade, comfort quality like your mom spent all day making it and you smiled cause you know she made it with love. It was served with riata which is a yogurt cucumber sauce. I actually put some of it on my salmon.
Bread basket: Naan, Onion and Sage, Mint ParathaAnd how could I forget about the bread basket! We ate most of it and I was only able to get a pic of the onion and sage naan. Yum!
Gulab Jamun with cardamom ice creamFor dessert, we had Gulab Jamun with cardamom ice cream and let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve had Gulab Jamun. I have never had it before, but it was on my list of things to try. After the first bite I had to google it from my phone at the table to find out exactly what it was so I could add it to my list of things to make. It’s basically milk solids that are combined with flour and fried, then soaked in simple syrup (or something like that), that’s flavored with cardamom. It was so good, we were fighting, again over who was going to give up their last bite. I’m definitely going to make cardamom ice cream this summer.
I wish I could pick a stand out dish from this evening, but I can’t. Everything was delicious! I may even make special trips just to sit at the bar to have a cocktail and crispy spinach.