Rasika West End
Rasika West End

Rasika West End

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2024662500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vikram Sunderam
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer three private dining room options.
    The Library Room seats up to 36 guests for a sit down dinner and Stand up reception for 60 guests.
    Window view Private room seats up to 10 guests.
    Glass enclosed Private Dining Room in the Kitchen seats up to 8 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Atul Narain 2024662500x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: New Hampshire & M Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking at Dinner service at eight dollars per car. Our valet station is situated at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.
A word from Rasika West End
Rasika, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning "flavors,” is the award-winning modern Indian restaurant owned by Ashok Bajaj. Leading the kitchen is Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, a 2012 nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Rasika has consistently earned four stars in the coveted Dining Guide of The Washington Post, and is in the top tier of Washingtonian magazine’s annual “100 Best.” Esquire magazine named it among the country’s best new restaurants in 2008 and Food & Wine magazine also stated that Rasika is “One of the hottest restaurants in the world.” Rasika showcases authentic Indian fare prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes. The restaurant is also noted for its international wine list, innovative cocktails and intimate, plush dining room. For private dining, Rasika has an exclusive space that can seat up to 16 guests and a semi-private area for up to 28.
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Rasika West End reviews from OpenTable diners
504 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (380)special occasion (290)hot spot (166)neighborhood gem (131)good for groups (125)romantic (119)great for lunch (116)notable wine list (80)great for outdoor dining (74)vibrant bar scene (53)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (15)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Rasika West Never Disappoints
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We marked our 16th anniversary with dinner with friends at Rasika West. The food was terrific from the first bite of palaat chat to the last spoonful of sorbet. Our waiter was terrific -- made great recommendations for our friends who were there for the first time. The wine is extensive enough and not overly priced as our so many Washington restaurants. The only problem is how difficult it's become to make timely reservations. Give yourself a 4-6 week start on your desired date.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great for the gluten/dairy free
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Rasika West End wowed the 8 of us who ate there. One of my out of town guests proclaimed it the best Indian food she had ever eaten. But I discovered something amazing for the gluten- and dairy-free among DC diners. Usually I ask my server to ask the chef what I should order. But as soon as I told my server what I needed she said she would bring me a different menu. She actually returned with two copies of the SAME menu as everyone else, but the difference was that one highlighted (literally) the dishes with dairy and the other highlighted the dishes with gluten. By comparing the two menus, I could order gluten-free and dairy-free with no difficulty. Ever dish I ate was delicious. Thank you, Rasika West End. I will be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the tasting menu paired with wines and every thing was delicious...would definitely recommend to others!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Indian standards elevated
    Beth
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We tried the familiar (tikka masala) and the innovative (crispy spinach) and loved every bite! Friendly attentive service and wow decor made dining at Rasika a wonderful eclectic experience. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific as usual
    Vegetarian
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Tried the tasting menu - every course was great and the staff was wonderful about substitutions.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent Indian food, top notch service, great location in downtown DC
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Why even ask?
    ashevillefun
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Although we had a glitch or two in our service, it cannot diminish the dinner that we had at Rasika West End. The food is so wonderful and such an adventure each time there that one cannot help enjoying the whole experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great Dinner at Rasika West End
    JED061874
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've eaten at another Rasika in the past on a few occasions, and it was great. This Rasika was delicious and had a great menu full of diversity. I started with the Baingan Mirch Ka Salan, eggplant with peanuts and jalapeno, and for my entrée I had the Lamb Mirchi Korma with Kashmiri chilies, caramelized onions, and Sichuan pepper. The food was excellent, and I enjoyed a very nice viognier with dinner. I highly recommend this for a very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VeggieNewbie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Deliciously different flavorful food, artistically prepared, with excellent service, and very cool ambiance One of the best restaurants we've eaten at in a long time. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joanie
    JoanieJJo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Rasika West End has the best professional service; the food is very creative and delicious. This was our second time at the restaurant and the choices are excellent for meat lovers and vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Rasika West End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I have been wanting to try this restaurant since the first review from Washington Post. The place is really Indian nouvelle cuisine. The crispy spinach and the black cod were both outstanding. For the rest of the dishes we ordered, I would like more spices. I would take guests to this restaurant but to satisfy my indian food craving, I would go to some local restaurants in NOVA with real indian and spicy food. Overall, I love the ambiance and the service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous birthday lunch
    FoodLover
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lunch at Rasika West End on Columbus Day to celebrate a family birthday was a memorable event! We've enjoyed Rasika a number of times before and I've been at Rasika West End once before as well, but this time the experience was especially good. The ambiance and service were excellent, but even they paled in comparison to the truly memorable food. Particularly worth mentioning the palaak chaat (as usual), a new menu item the Foie Gras Galouti--a delicately spiced melt in your mouth minced lamb kebab, and the gulab jamun with the saffron pistachio rabdi and cardamom ice-cream. The other items, a chicken pudina korma, a spicy reshmi kebab, and the chocolate samosa with mocha ice-cream were also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    GoodvisitVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rasika is one of our favorite restaurants. The Rasika West location has great ambience and the food is always top notch. The service is wonderful, and this a great place to go for special occasions or any occasion.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Stunning Redfish
    SoutherngirlVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I cannot get over the taste sensation of the incredibly fresh, tender as a baby's kiss, tomato sauce dusted redfish. I need to immediately go back next week and order more! And when I do, I will want more of the spicy Bhindi Okra. Multiple layers of flavors are still dancing on my tongue.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular!
    foodfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we have been to Rasika twice, both have been an excellent dining experience. Each dish has proven to be a fabulous offering. I wouldn't put Indian food as one of my top 3 ethnic foods, and even I am a devoted Rasika fan. (i blame it all on repeated bland chicken dishes and terrible gulab jaman experiences). But Rasika is definitely one of the redeeming Indian food experiences. Some of our foods highlights would include the sev batata puri, the rockfish (perfectly cooked), the calamari appetizer (dusted in semolina versus panko or a heavy batter, this is quite a happy, crispy dish), the goat cheese kulcha. for dessert, the sticky toffee pudding and the gulab jaman with cardamam ice cream are a great finish. service was impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Rajeev
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took my office colleagues for a company celebrations including some out of tow visitors, everyone loved the food, restaurant and service.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • chubbjett
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I found the restaurant to be a nice spot to celebrate special occasions. The food was excellent as was the service. They even honored my request for a different table location without hesitation. I rate it an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding creative Indian
    ATLGAVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food, creative menu, perhaps the best Indian food I've found in the US. The service is top-notch too.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Fantastic. A great Indian restaurant for diners who do not already have an appreciation for Indian cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of the hype
    DaveC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Rasika is amazing. We had the tasting menu and every dish was delicious. We were there celebrating a birthday and the server not only brought us two glasses of champagne on the house, but the chef also sent us an extra tasting course. Everything was perfection. Easily in my top 5 dining experiences of 11 years of living in Washington, DC.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Another great experience!
    MKozVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Outstanding experience. Great food, try the crispy spinach and sea bass peri peri as appetizers. The rock fish rocked. Date and toffee pudding was a very special dessert.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • foodlover
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our party of four were delighted. We all ordered something different but thought all four entrees and appetizers were delicious--not the usual fire-hot Indian restaurant food. If I could afford it, I'd go back today.
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Dissapointing
    nmbeyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been to Rasika countless times, however I was extremely disappointed with this last experience. The dishes were very poorly executed and didn't taste as good as they usually are. The quality of service was below average as well, it particularly slow and the greeter was rude.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Good but overrated.
    VinuVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Stick to the appetizers. The lamb Mirch korma tasted like it was made using curry powder. Meat was protein cubes that were tasteless. The chef needs to get back to making basic fresh food
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I went to Rasika West End for our six year anniversary. We have been many times and always loved it, but this time is a bit different as I am currently 36 weeks pregnant. The hostess sat us and a few minutes later came back to us with a pillow in hand, asking if I wanted it to help with my seating. That small offer made all of the difference for me in terms of being able to enjoy dinner - it was so thoughtful and considerate and helped me be truly comfortable! A small detail - but I appreciated that the cocktail menu had non-alcoholic options available, without me having to ask for a specialty drink. Our dinner was amazing, as always, and we had an absolutely fabulous waiter. We can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • memorable experience
    Shubhans
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband and I took our friend here for his birthday. The food was excellent; so was service. Definitely worth the price.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • Did I mention the Palak Chaat?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Although we were terribly late for our reservation, we were welcomed and made to feel right at home. Very attentive service from Arvind, lots of excellent recommendations, including the Palak Chaat. If you were going to order nothing else, get the Palak Chaat. If you are just stopping by to ask directions. . .order the Palak Chaat. Also, as something of a surprise, the signature cocktails were outstanding! I'd come back for those, as well.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful Experience
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was my second time here and it was amazing both times. The decor is trendy, absolutely gorgeous, and unique (there's nothing like it; it's even different from the Penn Quarter location). The service is polite, professional, and prompt. As if that wasn't enough, the food is to DIE FOR. Must try: palak chaat, tandoori salmon, shrimp appetizer, and strawberry ras malai dessert. My boyfriend and I were craving these dishes for days after! As an Indian foodie, you can't give a more glowing recommendation. The only dish I didn't like was the chocolate samosa. All 6/8 cocktails we had were excellent. Overall, my favorite restaurant in the city!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great experience!
    Foodilocks
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My daughter and I celebrated her birthday at Rasika and we were thrilled with the food, service, and the ambiance. The star was the crispy spinach salad. Out of this world good! The black cod was also outstanding. We will go return soon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Service was outstanding but the food was just ok. Several of our dishes arrived cold. Lamb Biryani and chicken tikka, as well as the duck entree were all a bit disappointing. Would not likely repeat.
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    good for groups
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  • JodyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was good and so was the service . The Ambiance was not nearly as good as Rasika or Bombay Club . I usually get the spinach special and the tandoori salmon --always delicious . My grand son had the spinach and a lamb and rice special , which he thoroughly enjoyed . We love Rasika but not this one . The waiter was exceptionally helpful .
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  • Super, as always
    NoNicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Love Rasika and Rasika West (when we are able to get a table ...) We had a guest from England, and even he said that the "National Dish of England" served at Rasika (the Chicken Tikka Masala) was much better than found typically in England ...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I work right around the corner and that can be a dangerous thing. I absolutely love the food here, and service is always on point. It can be hard to find that kind of consistency in the city.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good if you have kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was a bit strange that there is no facility for kids. There were no high chairs, rest rooms with facilities for kids. Apart from that, the food is lovely and so was the service. Would love to go there again soon.
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  • This place rocks
    Zeus
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Stop reading this and eat here now. Seriously. It's delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Love at first bite
    GrEATfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    So glad we got in! This place is one hot ticket. Our entire group Cannot stop smiling or stop talking about all the great flavors. Tops were the crispy spinach and a cauliflower dish. That said it seems a bit unfair to pick a favorite because every dish we tried was amazing. Rasika is our new favorite place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love Rasika
    director
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love the food, service and ambience. Wait staff attentive and helpful. One of my favorites.
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  • Lalten
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food with the exception of the much vaunted spinach salad was over rated. We had a good sample of the menu and most of the dishes would be acceptable at your corner Indian restaurant, but not at a place considered the top 20 restaurants in the country! The biryani was flavorless and soggy, the chicken tikka was acceptable but no great shakes, the daal was better (my daughter who doesn't usually like dal loved it) but the fish dishes were bland and the spinach paneer failed to impress. So yes, not bad but not worth $$$$ and certainly less than the experience we were expecting.
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  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The flash-fried spinach appetizer is amazing. The black cod entree was superb, although the accompanying quinoa was too spicy. The naan was delicious. Service could have been more attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype
    GreatExpectations
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I'll be back... The Palak Chaat is written about often and should be eaten often. Light, flavorful and leaving you wanting entire meals of it. The Chicken Tikka Masala, Pork Chop Vindaloo and Lamb Mirchi Korma all deserve to be ordered again. Deep, varying flavors that don't pack too much punch-just the right amount of spice. Not sure how I can choose next time I go back and I do want to try everything else on the menu. We received a dessert recommendation from the waiter and it was completely out of the norm of our group - Rose-Mango Kulfi. What a pleasant surprise and beautiful presentation with a variety of fruitful flavors and textures.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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