We'll take seconds at Rasika West End
Crab masala | Black cod (photos: Scott Suchman)
It is not easy to narrow down an order at the new Rasika West End.
Its celebrated chef, Vikram Sunderam, has assembled a wholly enticing menu that includes highlights from the original Rasika alongside dazzling newcomers. Plan to go many times, or use this primer to tackle some early hits.
Cocktail: Start with the Mohini ($12), which blends assam-tea-infused vodka with bitter Cocchi Americano, Bénédictine, cherry brandy and bitters.
Starter: Share an order of crab pepper masala ($12). The flaky, translucent phyllo layers separate puffs of lump crab meat spiced with black pepper and curry leaves.
Fish: Black cod ($26) has been one of Sunderam's star dishes from the start. At the new location, the chef adds tart tamarind to the marinade of curry leaves and mustard seeds.
Meat: Goat biryani ($20) is more like a gift than an entrée. The kitchen bakes the tender kid goat and basmati rice under a canopy of naan dough, which the staff breaks open tableside to release a plume of saffron and roasted meat.
Desserts: Still hungry? The thick, sticky date-toffee pudding ($9)--served with a generous covering of cinnamon caramel--would make the Brits jealous.
Rasika West End, 1177 22nd St. (entrance on New Hampshire Ave. at M St.); 202-466-2500 or rasikarestaurant.com
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