Monday, May 31, 2021

RASA Review

With covid vaccines proceeding at pace and restrictions in DC starting to loosen, I have been enjoying venturing out to get a much-needed break from my apartment (and home cooking!). With all the time at home, I have formed quite a to-do list of restaurants I want to try, and near the top of that list was RASA, a fast-casual Indian restaurant with two locations in DC. 

Just looking at the menu online is enough to make your mouth water, knowing that the vast majority of the delicious-looking fare is gluten-free and vegan friendly.

RASA serves up their fare in assembly line fashion, but you can also order their chef-designed bowls. Luckily for gluten-free diners,  most everything is gluten-free. Watch out for the (g) symbol, which designates gluten-containing ingredients (naan, samosas, cookies). They also have menu symbols to designate items with nuts (nuts), vegan options (v), halal options (h), and items that can be made vegan (vr).

I appreciated being able to see all the delicious toppings for my choose-your-own adventure bowl, and am glad it wasn't too slammed when I stopped by because I waffled a bit trying to choose between the many tempting toppings. I ultimately decided on this combination of ingredients:

  • Base: South Indian rice noodles
  • Main: sweet potato tikka
  • Sauce: tamarind chili
  • Veggies: tossed green beans and sauteed spinach
  • Top it off: cucumber, cilantro, pickled onions, pickled radishes, and carrot slaw

From my first bite to the last, it's really tough to say what my favorite part was because each component was delicious, and they were even better together as a flavorful symphony. Not only did the flavors play beautifully together, I also enjoyed how each bite brought a contrast of textures, from the crispy green beans, to chewy, fine rice noodles, to the falafel-like sweet potato tikka. Through rich in flavor, the bowl was not too spicy, and was definitely filling. 

It's thrilling to have such an awesome homegrown restaurant here in DC-- especially one that has tons of gluten-free and plant-based options and one that is steadily growing, with two locations in the District and one coming soon to Virginia. I definitely plan on making a stop at RASA a must-do whenever I am near the ballpark or Mount Vernon Square, and look forward to trying out many more colorful and delicious bowl combination.

The Basics

Address: 485 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (the also have a location near Nats Park and one coming soon to Crystal City, VA)
Cuisine: Fast casual Indian 
Ideal For: Lunch and Dinner
Price: See prices on their website
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Disclaimer: This review is based upon the information I have at the time of the review and does not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.


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