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Tom Sietsema's 10th annual dining guide is out, and it's not only useful for District residents, but also a surprisingly good read. I've already made a reservation at Rasika.

By Ezra Klein  |  October 19, 2009; 1:17 PM ET
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Take it from an Indian - Tom Sietsema has low standards when it comes to Indian food. I went to one restaurant in Arlington on his review, and they were clearly using onions cut the day before and freezer-burned green peas. I don't know if it's the lack of competition or the lack of Indians, but Indian food in DC is pretty lacking.

As for Rasika, just order the appetizers, which are actually pretty inventive. Each subsequent course is worse than the previous one.

Posted by: GrandArch | October 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

To toss another Indian's opinion into the ring, I didn't go to Rasika expecting something akin to my mother's cooking. My friends and I went last week, and we found the paneer appetizer and the palak chaat to be excellent. My non-veg friends raved about the black cod (obviously, not a traditional dish) and the lamb roganjosh. For dessert, I would suggest skipping the chocolate samosa in favor of the apple jalebi.
(If you want an authentic Indian restaurant, you pretty much have to haul yourself to Rockville.)

Posted by: memory79 | October 19, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I love Rasika from start to finish--it is authentically Rasika, whatever else it may fail to resemble. But for me the highlight is sitting at Jason Strich's bar and letting him work his magic in pairing cocktails with food--or simply with patrons...

Posted by: FrBill1 | October 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The paper version of the guide in the WP magazine was, in my opinion, pretty outrageous. In the middle of the reviews, there were several pages of paid advertisement reviews that were clearly designed to look confusingly similar to Sietsema's reviews.

Posted by: progressivejoe | October 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Rasika is overrated. I get better Indian food in Herndon.

Posted by: staticvars | October 20, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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