Posts Tagged ‘Ashok Bajaj’

What $1 Million Bought The Oval Room

When The Oval Room reopens Monday after a $1 million facelift, some of the tables will continue to be covered with white tablecloths and some will bare polished wood. And that seems to capture the new direction that owner Ashok Bajaj is going with his 20-year-old restaurant. He wants to continue to attract the VIPs and politicos who are […]

Oval Room Will Undergo Renovations at the End of June

Longtime power restaurant Oval Room is finally getting a makeover. The 20-year-old dining room will close on June 30 and reopen in August with a new look and new menu. Owner Ashok Bajaj has hired New York restaurant designer Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates, who designed Rasika West End as well as Nopa Kitchen+Bar, to come up with […]

Rasika West End Sues Former Chef

Legal Times reports that Rasika West End is suing its former chef Manish Tyagi for more than $30,000 the restaurant says it spent on immigration legal fees, housing, training, and marketing for the chef, who left before his contract ran out. The lawsuit also accuses Tyagi of exploiting Rasika's name and reputation and using "proprietary […]

Nobu to Nopa: Chef Greg McCarty Brings Japanese Twists to an American Brasserie

Nopa Kitchen + Bar, opening tonight in Penn Quarter, bills itself as an "American brasserie." But if you notice an Asian flare on the menu menu, you're not crazy. Chef Greg McCarty previously worked at New York's Jean-Georges, which has French and Asian influences, and Nobu 57. "You can't take the experience out of the […]

“Industrial Chic” Nopa Kitchen + Bar Joins Hip Taxidermy Trend

I've been saying for a while that taxidermy is making a comeback in D.C.'s hippest new bars and restaurants. Here's further proof: this deer bust, antlers, and pheasant (all purchased on eBay) in the back of nopa Kitchen + Bar. The American brasserie from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj opens Monday, May 6 in the former Zola space in Penn […]

Matters of Taste: To the Picky Restaurateur, Music Can Be as Important as the Menu

Erik Bruner-Yang has earned plenty of praise for his Taiwanese-style ramen since opening Toki Underground in 2011, but if you linger long enough at the bar of his hip noodle shop on H Street NE, you begin to notice how the chef relies on much more than broth to blur the senses. Foreign songs in […]

NoPa Kitchen + Bar Names Its Chef

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj's new American brasserie NoPa Kitchen + Bar now has a chef: Greg McCarty. The Newfoundland native with a penchant for pickling spent six years working at New York's Jean Georges before working his way from line cook to executive sous chef at Dune in the Bahamas, then returning to New York to cook […]

Top Ten D.C. Restaurant Openings in 2013

This should be a good year for variety in the D.C. dining scene. The most anticipated restaurants scheduled to open in 2013 feature Southeast Asian, Japanese, French, Latin American, Greek, Italian, and American fare, plus some hybrids. Veteran restaurateurs will expand into new cuisines, big names will make their District debuts, and a few longtime […]

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj Opening Restaurant in Former Zola Space

Yesterday, Shake Shack confirmed that it will open its third D.C. location in the International Spy Museum's Spy City Café space at 800 F St. NW next summer. Today, Douglas Development brings word that the next-door property formerly occupied by Zola has been leased by Ashok Bajaj, the restaurateur behind Oval Room, Rasika, Bibiana, and other […]

Rasika West End Opens Mar. 30 [UPDATED]

A rep for Rasika West End, the much anticipated spin-off of prolific restaurateur Ashok Bajaj's popular Indian eatery in Penn Quarter, tells Y&H that the new restaurant will open to the public on Mar. 30. A splashy grand opening cocktail reception for invited guests is scheduled for the night before. The West End spot is […]

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