Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rasika

Rasika was definitely my best meal in DC thus far. Maybe it's a tourist trap? Or everyone has already been-there, done-that, but I guess that's the beauty of living in a new city: it's all new. Another comment off the bat though is Raskia is definitely not what I would consider to be traditional Indian cuisine either - fusion is the best description but they also use "modern" which would apply. But don't mistake 'modern' or 'fusion' for meaning not delicious - just have the proper expectations.

Luckily there were four of us at the table so we could order a lot of food and try many things. Because of this I will highlight my favorites and least favorites but otherwise let the pictures speak for themselves. The first dish was also the most anticipated - crispy baby spinach. We ordered two. It lives up to the hype and is worth ordering at every meal. The crisp is fun and tasty served with sweet yogurt, tamarind and date chutney. A nice balance of sweet and savory and green crunch.





Monday, August 12, 2013

Thai X-ing

If you have ever dined at Thai X-ing and didn't have a good time, please call me or call a doctor to find out if you have any unknown health issues. Maybe a better way of saying this is that Thai X-ing is a very fun, affordable, unique and delicious place to have a meal. I've only lived in DC for less than three months and I've been twice. Before you even try the food, the fun begins (with reservations) with BYOB service, a super fun but hard to find walk-up house turned restaurant and a COZY (romantic even) eating environment (it's practically communal style depending on where they seat you). The next best part is that the entire meal is prix-fixe and a set menu family style - so you don't have to think about what you're going to eat and you know the bill (CHEAP! $30-$40/pp depending on day) before you sit down. The menu choice is determined by the day of the week - check it out - and they can easily accommodate vegetarian or other dietary restrictions. Once you sit down the food just starts coming - and really doesn't stop. You get a soup and salad (papaya) to start before the main dishes arrive. I wish I wrote down what we had because this post is long over due, but I know we had the standard pumpkin curry, an eggplant dish, a chicken dish and a tofu dish for the main course. Everything is authentic and tasty, with a good hint of spice depending on the plate. There was one flavor I really like and ate myself to pain to finish it but I don't really remember. It's also not that important because you can't order it anyway! 




Friday, August 9, 2013

Teddy and the Bully Bar

It's been a while since my previous post (almost a month) and that's mainly because I've been traveling a lot on the weekends, and having a full time job (shocker!) really cramps my ability to write during the week. So with that lame excuse out of the way I'll quickly recap a forgettable meal (though with great company!) at a newer place called Teddy and Bully Bear (from the same folks at Lincoln - just went there for the first time this week). My first impression was that I couldn't quite figure out what the atmosphere they were trying to capture. Was it hunting lodge? Casual small plates? Upscale dining? It kind of catered to all of that, but not really deciding which one. The decor was simple and nice, and the space is very large. I was also surprised with such a large space that the pricing was as high (for the size of the food) as it was. 

The bread basket (first one free....a little strange) was very tasty and came with three choices of butter/spread. The cocktails that Chris and Allie ordered were very mediocre, and Chris even had to send his first one back. Regardless, we went on to order the grilled romaine, melon salad, crab & avocado salad, sausage and pepper flat bread, mac and cheese and the braised pork (full MENU). 




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