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Rasika brings the delicacy of upmarket Indian cooking to Washington. One of restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s empire, which also includes the Oval Room, Bombay Club, 701, Ardeo+Bardeo and Bibiana, Rasika is under the creative eye of Vikram Sunderam, who ran the kitchen at London’s Bombay Brasserie for 14 years. Grouped into categories including "chaat", "tawa" and "tandoor", the menu covers much ground, with ample choices for both vegetarians and carnivores. Whatever you do, try the palak chaat, a signature dish of crispy baby spinach leaves dressed with yogurt that melts on the tongue.

Other locations: Rasika West End, 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, at M Street, Foggy Bottom (1-202 466 2500).

Venue name: Rasika
Address: 633 D St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: between 6th & 7th Sts
Opening hours: 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–10.30pm Mon–Thur; 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–11pm Fri; 5–11pm Sat
Transport: Archives-Navy Memorial Metro
Price: Main courses $12–$28
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