The name “Rasika” is derived from ancient Sanskrit to mean “flavors.” This appropriately named modern Indian Restaurant is owned by Ashok Bajaj, the recent winner of Washingtonian’s Restaurateur of the Year.
This dynamic restaurant is bejewel with contemporary décor, striking Indian art, and an elegant ceiling made with a combination of dark and light woods.
The award-winning Rasika not only looks modern and hip, but also showcases an authentic Indian fare. Options range from food prepared on the tawa (griddle) to dishes from the sigri (open barbeque).
You can also book one of the private booths styled like a palanquin and lined with cerulean pillow to feel like a king.
In the mood for a little Italian? Skip the checkerboard tablecloths and drip candles, and say “ciao” to Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca, a very chic alternative to the typical Italian eatery. Outfitted in luxe chocolate browns and interesting metallic lighting, Bibiana’s chic interior exudes sophistication, reaching out to power diners and well-traveled patrons alike.
A product of well-known restauranteur Ashok Bajaj, Bibiana is led by executive chef Nicholas Stefanelli, who brings a light, updated Italian menu full of traditional classics like decadent pastas and crisp pizzas, as well as unique main courses that modernize the Southern European cuisine.
Start off with the gorgeous Datteri, or Mejool dates stuffed with ricotta salata, salty pancetta and sprinkled with slivered almonds. For a decadent entrée, try the Anatra, or roasted Muscovy duck breast with creamy celery root puree, dried cherries and rich red wine sauce. For the adventurous diner, Stefanelli offers veal sweetbreads with rutabaga, and candied oranges, dusted with fennel pollen.
Insider Tip: For a more low-key evening, grab a seat in Bibiana’s mod lounge area and sample the small plate menu, available from 2:30-5:30 PM on most weekdays.