Posts Tagged ‘Rasika’

In D.C.’s Booming Dining Scene, Restaurants Renovate to Stay Relevant

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj will renovate Rasika in Penn Quarter and 701 Restaurant this year.

Remixology: Make Us a Drink With Hibiscus Flowers

Where: Rasika, 633 D St. NW Bartender: Tena Jahangosha Mystery Ingredient: Dried whole hibiscus flowers Bartender Response: Jahangosha dropped a bunch of the flowers in boiling water with sugar to make a hibiscus simple syrup. “The color is going to be really pretty,” she said. What We Got: A sweet, tart, deep pink cocktail made […]

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 […]

Cocktail Guess: Make Me Something to Celebrate Passing My Midterm Exam

Where: Darlington House, 1610 20th St. NW Bartender Response: “Congratulations.” What We Got: A margarita with Milagro Silver tequila, agave, and lemon juice, served with salt on the rocks Price: $11 How It Tasted: The agave and lemon rendered this margarita more grown-up than the standard sour-mix version. Improv Points (1–5): 1. Margaritas echo our […]

Take Me to Your Eater

In Philadelphia, there’s Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteaks. In New Orleans, it’s Café du Monde’s beignets. And in D.C., some dishes have amassed their own cult-like followings. Sweet Corn Agnolotti at Graffiato Graffiato fans nearly started a riot when these corn-stuffed, pillow-shaped pasta went out of season last year. The popular dish will return on June […]

God is My Sous Chef

The giant pot is screaming hot when Pete Smith grabs it and runs out the kitchen door. “Look out,” shouts the chef of Penn Quarter’s PS7’s. Smith swirls the contents—rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemongrass, star anise, and half a dozen other herbs and spices simmering in oil—as he makes a lap past the bar and around […]

James Beard Finalists Include Some of D.C.’s Finest

Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola, the recent recipient of three stars from WaPo critic Tom Sietsema and Y&H's vote for best bomboloni in town, is among the nominees for the esteemed James Beard Foundation's award for Best New Restaurant. The finalists for the upcoming foodie Oscars were announced today in Las Vegas.  D.C. chefs Johnny Monis (Komi), […]

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 […]

James Beard Loves D.C.: Local Semifinalists For Foodie Oscars Announced

The esteemed James Beard Foundation today announced a bevy of semifinalists for its coveted chef and restaurant awards and the D.C.-area food scene is well represented. Eater DC has a comprehensive breakdown. Among the noms: Fiola and Little Serow each get a nod in the "Best New Restaurant" category. Palena's Frank Ruta is in the […]

Meatballs Sticks To Its Story: ‘It’s All Michel Richard’

A few weeks back, Y&H questioned Mark Bucher, founder of BGR: The Burger Joint and Medium Rare, about his involvement in the new Meatballs restaurant in Penn Quarter. Bucher denied any official involvement—despite records filed with the District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration identifying him as the 100-percent owner of the business. Bucher claimed he was […]

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