December 10th, 2010

Sarah Goes To Rasika (Washington, D.C.).

You would think eating out the night after Thanksgiving would slow people down, but when the intoxicating smells of toasted spices and grilled meats hit your senses moments in the door at Rasika your appetite grows exponentially and begs to be sated irregardless. Rasika is down a fairly non descript street in downtown DC close enough to the Caps stadium to make it a great place to stop before or after the game.  The dining room is just big enough that nothing feels crowded, but intimate enough that you cannot escape steady buzz pulsing through the space.  The service is cool, professional, and aimiable.  This was a definite plus as we attempted to naviagate our way through the extensive menu.  Our server becoming more of a guide when it came time to decide.

Too many delicious plates came and went.  Do not make me pick a favorite dish, I could not, I will not; deconstructed samosas, fish smeared in green curry and baked in banana leaves, butter chicken, tandoori lamb chops, exotically spiced basmati rice, black cod in red curry, eggplant chutney, magno chutney. Everything was so fragrant, so tender, so fresh.  

On the wine list Pinot Noir holds court with a few Riojas and Italian specialities for variety. Aromatic whites dominate the other half of the list with the usual suspects well represented from Germany, Alsace, Friuli, Alto Adige, and Austria.  The myriad of choices are more inclined to refresh your palate and enhance your meal rather than compete with it.

2007 Abbazia di Novacella Gewurztraminer Alto Adige: Pithy nose, tangerine, lilies, rose, and apricots. The nose suggests the wine will have a heavy sweet finish. But no, your palate is delighted by lively acidity, wet stones, tangerine, and orange blossom.

2001 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja: Smooth, supple, plum, leather, baking spices, moderately high acidity and well integrated alcohol.