Last restaurant week, my husband and I ate a little too much. I know that doesn’t mean much, coming from a food blogger, but it’s true. We went to Capital Grille for lunch exactly 6 hours before going to Rasika. For the most part, our food was delicious, but after Cap Grille’s steak and crab & lobster burger for lunch, we had to take most of our Rasika meal home. On the plus side, I can vouch for it being excellent the next day, naan included!
Palak Chaat – This dish marries crispy fried spinach, sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney. It would have been a home run – the crunchy spinach paired nicely with the yogurt – but it was too salty. I’m rather salt adverse, but my husband complained as well. We drank a lot of water this course.
Maratha Chicken – The chicken was incredibly juicy with the greatest brown sauce spiced with black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Definitely a winner.
Veggie Restaurant Week Dish – It included a bunch of smaller things from their main menu – Dal Makhani (lentils mixed with tomato, garlic, and fenugreek), something similar to their Malai Palek (spinach purred with garlic, cumin, and ginger) but with Paneer, and Vegetable Tamatar Rassa (seasonable vegetables, tomatoes, and goda masala).
Naan and Mint Paratha – Delicious. Moist but nicely warmed.
Gulab Jamun with cardamom ice cream – This was a lovely dessert that was appropriately sized and spiced. It was very sweet, but not cloyingly so.
Carrot Halwa with cinnamon sabayon – Not only does this look gross, it was gross. I had about 2 bites and respectfully declined and pushed it away.
Entrees and breads are delicious! 1/2 star for the excellent Gulab Jamun with cardamom ice cream. No points for the halwa. Perhaps we got the Palak Chaat on a night with a chef with a heavy hand in the salt dish. Overall, I’d go back, but I’d try other Indian places in the city first.