Restaurant Openings To Hit This Week

Restaurant Openings To Hit This Week

(Photo by Clarissa Villondo)

Several highly-anticipated restaurants are slated to open this week. Here's what to know: 

(2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

The second location of this Indian street food concept from Rasika's Ashok Bajaj and Vikram Sunderam opens in Foggy Bottom today. Its menu shares some similarities with the original Cleveland Park restaurant, including the addictive spinach and paneer stuffed naan and the chicken tahi roll. You'll also find some new additions, like a spiced minced lamb pao bun.

Go if you like: Chicken and lamb kebabs, uttapam, a selection of savory chaats, and vibrant flavors.

Rare Steak and Seafood
(1595 Eye St. NW)

I'll wait while you roll your eyes at another steakhouse opening in D.C. Still, this Midwest import is hoping to stand out from the pack with a commitment to service and ingredients, including a splashy new raw bar. Oriental rugs and comfy leather banquettes adorn the old-school dining room. Service kicks off today.

Go if you like: Steak (including A5 wagyu from Japan), local seafood, wine, whiskey, and old-style hospitality.

(1205 11th St. NW)

D.C.'s first Georgian restaurant is expected to open tomorrow in Shaw. Chef Malkhaz Maisashvili has 25 years of experience cooking in The Republic of Georgia and in D.C., including a stint at the embassy. Expect both small plates and larger entrees for sharing.

Go if you like: Khachapuri, housemade sausages, traditional dips, and cocktails made with ingredients like Georgian brandy and wine.

Laoban Dumplings
(2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

Local fast-casual concept Laoban Dumplings is moving from a roving (and often sold out) food stand into a new brick-and-mortar space this week. Swing by starting today for some interesting takes on Chinese style dumplings, like pork cilantro or ginger chicken. 

Go if you like: Chinese-inspired dumplings, vegetarian options, and good vibes.

Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.