Karma Modern Indian opened it’s doors to the public at the beginning of February in Chinatown. With it’s beautiful modern decor, ambiance and signature cocktails, it’s sure to be a hot spot for the DC professionals. It’s the place you want to be seen in and tell your friends about.
My take on it? It’s just another fancy restaurant with a bar where you can hang out after work with your fellow colleagues and sip on slightly overpriced cocktails. They have a nice selection of signature drinks and the bartenders are fabulous. They’re tentative and focused on their bar tending skills making the price worth every sip. You have to love a bar that carries an array of bitters, herbs and fancy blocks of ice.
Food-wise. If you like spice, theirs will hit the spot. I’m not one to take much heat and if you have Butter Chicken on the menu, you better believe I’m going to order it. It had a little more kick to it than what I’m used to. Not necessarily a bad thing but not my cup of tea. The chicken was nice and tender and lots of butter chicken sauce goodness that you can use naan to sop up. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate it a 3. Great mixture of spices, tender meat and a great balanced portion of everything.
I also got a taste of their Grilled Shakarandi (cubed sweet potato + mint + tamarind chutney) and Tandoori Cauliflower. This was very spicy to my palette but the flavors were great for both dishes but I just don’t know if I would pay the prices for these dishes. The cauliflower dish is $14.
Overall, would I go out of my way to come to DC to visit this restaurant? I would say no, at least not for the food. But I would definitely come around for a fun happy hour with friends and/or colleagues for some posh cocktails and ambiance.
Karma Modern Indian
611 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001