Karma Modern Indian, a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2021 destination for fine dining and modern Indian cuisine in Washington D.C. is expanding its domain. The popular restaurant known for its fresh and unexpected ingredient combinations with forward-thinking flavor profiles and contemporary plating, is opening a sister restaurant in Virginia.
Karma’s Founders Sachin Mahajan and Ricky Singh will open a second restaurant — Kismet Modern Indian — in Old Town Alexandria, to showcase the award-winning fare of Karma’s executive Chef, Ajay Kumar, in a modern yet cozy dining room. Dishes at Kismet will be welcoming to everyone – those familiar with Indian cuisine and those new to the concept of modern Indian dining.
The notion of ‘Karma’ refers to the effects our actions have on our own lives and the lives of others, and ‘Kismet’ means your destiny – and your luck. Mahajan, Singh, and Kumar plan on fulfilling their destiny with this next venture.
“We’re delighted to be in a position to build on the success of our first endeavor and bring to Kismet Modern Indian the same commitment to excellence that our customers have come to know and love at Karma,” says Mahajan, “Kismet will allow us to reach more diners and broaden our influence while we continue to elevate the impression of Indian cuisine.”
Kismet will be the second restaurant for Mahajan, a longtime international financial executive who opened Karma in December 2017 to provide D.C. area diners with an authentic taste of contemporary cuisine with the goal of making Indian a top choice for any occasion – a casual dinner with friends or when celebrating a special event. He and Kumar, both New Delhi natives, along with their talented and dedicated team, both back and front of the house, are passionate about serving food that is unforgettably delicious in a stylish setting with food, drinks, and service that is not only outstanding but also memorable.
Like Karma, the new location aims to focus on fresh and high-quality ingredients, time-honored cooking technique, making Indian food more approachable, a long-time goal of both Kumar and Mahajan. The new restaurant, located just off King Street at 111 N. Pitt Street in Alexandria’s Old Town neighborhood, is planning a fall 2021 opening.
“We want to leave guests with a new understanding of what Indian cuisine can be,” says Kumar, “Whether that’s Lobster Masala with Beetroot Poriyal, Pan-Seared Scallops with Sesame Seeds and Red Pepper Sauce, Lamb Chops and Cumin Potatoes, or one of our unexpected daily creations, the food is intended to tickle your curiosity about Indian cuisine. We want to see our guests on a more regular basis, not just for special occasions.”
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