Five stars for Rasika at 633 D Street NW in Washington DC! Had an amazing lunch there with my husband, son and some delightful Brit relatives from "across the pond." Loved the idea of "small plates." A dozen or so "small plates" appeared and as soon as we shared them and gobbled them up, more appeared, as if by magic.
It's hard to pick a favorite but the "crispy spinach" was at the top of my list. It's called Palaak and consists of crispy baby spinach, sweet yogurt and a tamarind and date chutney. The spinach is as crisp as "kale chips" and I'd love to make it at home, but wouldn't know where to start.
Another delicious choice was Cauliflower Bezule which is cauliflower in a marinated sauce with green chilis and curry leaves. Delish!
Other winners were Tandoori salmon, Spiced potatoes with chick peas, tamarind date mint chutney and Mango Shrimp with ginger.
Be sure to try the White Asparagus Uttapam with mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chili and coconut chutney. Fabulous!
And talk about travelling in style! No worries about parking because we used Uber. If you're not familiar with Uber, you can order a car and driver with your mobile phone and one appears in minutes.
If you get to DC, be sure to try this amazing restaurant~