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Rasika West End
Rasika, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning "flavors,” is the award-winning modern Indian restaurant owned by acclaimed Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj. Rasika showcases authentic Indian fare prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes. The restaurant is also noted for its international wine list, innovative cocktails and intimate, plush dining rooms.
Rasika opened in December 2005 and was quickly recognized as one of the America’s “Best New Restaurants” by Esquire, as well as one of Food & Wine’s “Hottest Restaurants in The World.” The restaurant has consistently been selected on the “100 Best Restaurants” by Washingtonian magazine, and has received a “four-star” rating from The Washington Post. DC Modern Luxury magazine also praised Rasika as “one of the best dining experiences in the city under Sunderam’s artful hand in the kitchen.”
Sunderam, who joined Bajaj as the opening chef of Rasika, currently spearheads the kitchens at both Rasika and sister restaurant, Rasika West End. He captured the “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” James Beard Award in 2014, and has been invited to cook at the White House and at the US Department of State, participating in its Diplomatic Culinary Partnership program. In September 2014, Sunderam was asked by the State Department to prepare a special dinner for the Prime Minister of India, as well as to orchestrate the first Diwali catering event in October 2014.