Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a foodie. One of my favorite things about living in the DC area is all of the culture we possess which leads us to having many amazing restaurants.
As you may now, January 11-17, 2010 is officially Restaurant Week in Washington, DC. Over 180 restaurants in the DC area are participating in this year's event. During this time, you can have a 3-course lunch for $20.10 or a 3-course dinner for $35.10 at many restaurants where you could barely find an entree for under $35. I typically try to go to at least 3 new restaurants each event. It's the best time to go with friends, family, or someone special to sample an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a great price.
On the first day of Restaurant Week I went to Rasika. Rasika is a contemporary Indian restaurant located within 4 blocks of the Verizon Center. Although, I'm frequently in Chinatown, I'd never seen it before. It is located on 6th and D Streets NW.
When we entered, it was very quaint and nicely decorated. It was much smaller than most of the other restaurants in Chinatown that usually cater to hundreds of patrons at a time. That explains why I couldn't get a reservation before 9PM all week.
For the entree, I ordered the Black Cod, which they are supposedly known for, and my friend had Mahi Mahi in a light curry sauce. The cod was glazed in honey and perfectly grilled I can still taste it. Yum! The Mahi Mahi served over basmati rice was excellent too. It was so full of flavor.
By the time dessert came out, we were both pretty full but I can always make room for sweets. My friend had mango ice cream while I had a dish that was some type of fruit that was fried and soaked in honey and served with a scoop of frozen yogurt with pistachio sprinkles. It was heavenly.
I'm definitely a fan of Rasika now, it might even be one of my new favorite restaurants!