Rasika's gastromomic offerings are fusions of Indian regional cooking. The diversity in the use of ingredients presents the chef's reinvention of Indian cuisine. For the Indian food purists, Rasika is sure to stir up debates and discussions because it is forwardly contemporary. I sampled their six course degustation menu. The opening salvo was the Palak Chaat made of crispy baby spinach dressed in sweet sour taste of yogurt and date chutney. I ascertain this dish as a star. The sour invokes the call for appetite, the texture of deep green crisps reminds me of nori seaweed less the marine taste. The second dish I forgot, maybe it is indeed to be forgotten. Third, the Mussels Molee, which was delicately cooked that harmonized with the creamy but light flavors of curry leaves, ginger and coconut milk. Personally, this dish was the perfect example of a well moderated presentation of the traditionally strong and heavy ingredients of Goan and Keralan cuisines. The curry sets were presented together with the nan basket and Basmati rice.
They were the following: Bhindi Amchoor- orka, Dal Makhani,Lamb Roganosh, and Chicken Makhani Tikka Masala. Except for the Okra dish, I find the curry creamy with liberal use of souring ingredient... tomy suspicion, yogurt and tamarind(?). However the taste distinction among was rather nil. I always have caution on taking Indian desserts as they have this invasive sweetness. Our plate had carrot cake halwa/cinnamon sabayon,jalebi/gulab jamun, and cardamom ice cream. My personal choice was the cardamom ice cream because it was the antithesis of sweet. Non alcoholic drink choices were rather limited. But I enjoyed the watermelon drink, as it was smooth and clean. An order of fish (salmon) balanced our set for the day. Although portions were small, it was very adequate.
We were seated in the corner of the "dining area" which to me is just right. The ambience was cozy, but the number of people peaking at lunch time made it a bit noisy but tolerable. Service was fine, although I think they were a bit calculated.
In general, the lunch experience was pleasant. It is a highly recommended stop after touring the museums. Be sure to have reservations ahead via opentables.
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