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A classic, fine-dining staple that fills a hole in the fancy scene in DC for Indian food, Rasika has been around for a while, and for good reason: it’s really awesome.

The fact that it’s over 10 years old and still tough to get into certainly backs this up. Think ahead and book a reservation, since we’re huge fans of just about anything on the big menu here, We’ve been faced with long wait times if you try to pop-in, even on a weeknight, since while it isn’t a small place, it isn’t huge either. It’s filled with the after-work and client-dinner types, so while you don’t have to wear a suit, you should probably have something with a collar on.

One of things we love about it is there is something great for every type of eater. Veggie dishes? Go with one of the Chaats. Meat lover? Order from the Kigri section. Want to stick with the classics? You can’t go wrong with the Chicken Tikka Masala. Want to impress that client you’re with? Ball out with the tasting menu and wine pairing. And don’t worry if you look at the menu like you’re trying to figure out who the hell that character on Game of Thrones was who showed up on the last episode and your book-reading friend gives you the “I can’t believe you don’t remember him from season 2 episode 4. He was the one with the sword” look. We all have that friend and we all know that look. The wait staff is more than willing to talk you through the menu.

When you need to pull out all the stops to show the boss or client you mean business, skip the usual steakhouse and get a spot here instead.

Food Rundown

Spinach Chaat

We can’t imagine coming here and not ordering this. Also a good reminder that fried spinach is better than non-fried spinach.

Banana Avocado Chaat

Caramelized bananas served on top of an avocado with date chutney? As an appetizer? Yes, we were confused at first, too, but trust us, this is very good.

Chicken Tikka Masala

A classic dish that, no surprise, tastes great here.

Black Cod

Holy sh*t levels of good. Incredibly juicy and flavorful, this goes on our fish Mount Rushmore. What, you don’t have one of those?

Pork Chops

We hate when pork chops are too chewy, but you won’t have to worry about that here. These are cooked perfectly. You have the option of getting 2 or 3, and know that these are on the smaller side, so keep that in mind when choosing.

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