Rasika Owners Will Before long Open up Their Quickly-Casual Indian Cafe in Penn Quarter

Bindaas Bowls & Rolls, a quick-everyday Indian restaurant, opens in Penn Quarter. Photograph courtesy of Bindaas Bowls & Rolls

Contemporary Indian restaurant Rasika is a longtime favored for downtown enterprise lunches and dressy dinners (not to mention, it’s Angelina Jolie’s go-to restaurant in DC). Now, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj and James Beard-successful chef Vikram Sunderam are producing a foray into quickly-informal with Bindaas Bowls & Rolls, a 35-seat cafe opening on Thursday, April 21—a block from their Penn Quarter flagship.  The to start with 100 consumers through opening week will have complete proceeds from their checks donated to Penn Quarter neighbor José Andrés’s Earth Central Kitchen area, which is presently offering foods aid in both of those Ukraine and Madagascar. 

The composed chili-salmon bowl about lemony rice noodles with coconut moilee sauce. Photograph courtesy of Bindaas Bowls & Rolls

The all-day eatery is a spinoff of road food-centric Bindaas in Cleveland Park and Foggy Bottom—and the most relaxed addition to Bajaj’s upsacle restaurant empire. Dishes here—including some Bindaas cross-overs—are impressed by all those Bajaj and Sunderam grew up eating in India: kathi rolls—homemade flatbread wraps—stuffed with the likes of rooster tikka masala buttery pao buns for a 10-veggie-packed burger or Parsi-design Indian fried chicken sandwich and treats this sort of as samosas and chili-cheese curry puffs. Diners will also uncover rotating specials, specifically on weekends, like masala-spiced omelets. 

Fast-casual doesn’t suggest skipping dessert, like this mango cheesecake. Photograph courtesy of Bindaas Bowls & Rolls

Of system, currently being a speedy-everyday, bowls abound—both customizable and composed. Diners can decide from set possibilities like chili-salmon above lemony rice noodles in coconut moilee sauce or spiced lamb vindaloo meatballs about rice, or develop their very own entrees from a wide variety of base grains (curried quinoa, basmati rice), proteins–including paneer-kofta rolls or seasonal vegetables—and sauces. All appear with tomato-cucumber-onion salad. 

For diners in an more hurry, a get-and-go sizzling case will hold freshly designed bowls and sandwiches. But that does not suggest visitors simply cannot linger above a Kingfisher beer, seasonal spiced cocktails, or sticky toffee pudding and chai come tea time. 

Bindaas Bowls & Rolls. 415 Seventh St., NW. Open up everyday 11 AM to 9 PM.

*This write-up has been updated from an before model due to new information and facts about the opening day.

Food stuff Editor

Anna Spiegel addresses the eating and ingesting scene in her native DC. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA plan in New York, and held different cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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