Modern Indian restaurant arrives in Alexandria


Kismet Modern Indian, which will open in Old Town, is the sequel to DC’s Karma Modern Indian.

By Alice Levitt

According to the Michelin Guide, Karma Modern Indian in DC “is far from your everyday curry, because great care is given to each dish with distinctive flavors”. So much so that this year, it was recognized as a Bib Gourmand restaurant. Soon, diners in Northern Virginia will no longer have to brave the city to try Ajay Kumar’s cuisine. According to co-founder Sachin Mahajan, his second restaurant with Ricky Singh, Kismet Modern Indian, will soon open in Old Town Alexandria. “Look for an opening date in October,” he says.

Why Alexandria? “I personally live in Alexandria and so does the chef,” says Mahajan. He goes on to say that he has seen a huge change in Alexandria’s dining scene, resulting in a city ready for its first high-end Indian restaurant. However, Kismet will not be as sophisticated as Karma. “We are opening the restaurant to meet the needs of the neighborhood. It’s a step back from the formality we have at Karma, ”he says, but assures potential clients it’s“ not a casual place ”. The restaurant is designed by Anila Angeli from A-Line Architecture, totally redeveloping an old Burgerfi location. The location near Gadsby’s Tavern has a private patio that can accommodate 30 people.

Mahajan says about 80 percent of the food and drink menus will be exclusive to Kismet. He prefers not to share details at this time as the menus are currently changing rapidly. What he’s set to reveal is that staples like bread (think naan with herbs and cheese and wild mushrooms and truffle oil), daal makhni, and palak paneer will do. the trip from DC. “One thing I can say is we don’t make biryani as a dish at Karma but I think we’ll do it like Kismet now, ”says Mahajan. “We’re doing branzino, but we’ll do a different style at Kismet.” He also says he expects unique preparations of lamb chops and shrimp. Like Karma, Kismet will have a full bar, with a drink program run by Christian Richardson that includes both cocktails and biodynamic wines..

“Karma is currently focusing on fresh ingredients; this is how we can maintain our Michelin recognition, ”says Mahan. “Our chef wants to bring the same quality to Alexandria. And you can expect it soon.

111 N. Pitt St., Alexandria

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