3/15/2012 10:46:00 AM

Rasika in the West End: What to Expect

Bharwan at Rasika West End; photo by Scott Suchman
Ashok Bajaj gave us a tour of the West End construction site that will soon be a second incarnation of his highly regarded modern Indian Rasika. While the posh restaurant will be seductively lit and romantic, and will serve some of the dishes its Penn Quarter sister has popularized, it will have its own distinctive design and menu. Its glamorous bar/lounge's windows will open to a sidewalk patio. Inside the entrance, floor-to-ceiling wine displays and a gleaming white, etched glass-topped bar will greet guests. Soft colors and luxurious materials set the tone throughout the space.

Perhaps the most stunning design effect, will be the sculptured ceiling, inspired by a banyan tree, with colorful lighting effects and woodcarvings. Three private dining rooms, including one decked out like a library, and a chef’s table in the basement, will provide backdrops for high-end gatherings, and the dining room will have several secluded booths for more intimate meals.

Asked about the new dishes that will be introduced, Bajaj described a sea bass flavored with ginger, cardamom, coriander, cumin and fennel and a spinach and sprouted beans preparation that's typical of Central India. He’s confident the restaurant will open as planned on March 29.

1177 22nd St. NW.

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