Travis Mitchell

Karma: Modern Indian in Chinatown

Travis Mitchell
Karma: Modern Indian in Chinatown

D.C.’s newest Indian restaurant is out to inject the country’s rich and flavorful food with some fresh ideas — ideas it hopes will make Karma Modern Indian a go-to gathering place for everything from bar bites to a multi-course feast.

Located in Chinatown at 611 I St. NW, Karma Modern Indian opened in late December, just across from the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. In the kitchen is executive chef Ajay Kumar, a New Delhi native whose resume includes designing menus for Washington receptions attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Ricky Singh, co-owner with Sachin Mahajan, says the “modern” in the name signals an inventive and refined approach in all areas: food, cocktails, dining room and bar.

“It is not to be confused with fusion. We are not mashing Indian spices with the flavors of another cuisine,” says Singh. “We are instead refining age-old recipes and tweaking traditional cooking methods, while paying close attention to the quality of ingredients used and the presentation of each dish.”

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Aware, no doubt, of D.C.’s crowded Indian restaurant landscape, the Karma team has developed a menu that goes beyond the dishes commonly found at other establishments. The menu here is designed to be flexible, with small plates, shareable bites, large-format entrees and grilled options.

“One of our goals included making the cuisine more approachable,” explains Singh. “Indian food can be overwhelming for some, so having smaller portions to try a variety of different flavors and finding what you like was important.”

Read the full article at The Georgetowner

(Photos by Travis Mitchell)

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.