Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Upcoming Tastings: Raw Silk Indian Restaurant

Where: Raw Silk Indian Restaurant & Lounge, 719 King Street, Alexandria , VA 22314, 703-706-5701

When: Monday, July 27, 7 PM

What: 4-courses of Indian fare paired with Chilean & South African wines.


- CALCU ( CHILE ) - Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere & Cabernet Franc blend served with Papri Chaat & Chicken Wings

- ROBERTSON PINOTAGE PHANTOM RIDGE ( SOUTH AFRICA ) served with choice of Chicken Tikka Masala or Lamb Korma, with Basmati Rice, Lentil Daal & Tandoori Naan

- ROBERTSON ALMOND GROVE RIESLING ( SOUTH AFRICA ) served with Mango Kulfi or Rice Pudding.

- Tea & Coffee.

"Raw Silk opened their doors quietly on January 11th and have just completed (this week) the last stage of interior design in the dining room. Raw Silk offers Northern Indian fare moderately priced and an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. The name is representative of the core industry in India , one that is lively and vibrant. The lounge is inviting and cozy, similar to the modern lounges proprietors Jasmine and Tarun Chopra enjoy in New Delhi , India . They host private events in the “ South Beach ” like lounge, up to 35 people. While the menu is based on traditional northern Indian fare and cooking techniques, Jasmine adds modern touches to the menu such as street foods of India and signature martini drinks named "Seven Nights at Raw Silk" and Tango Lassi.

The intricate menu covers and silk panels were individually created by Tarun’s mother, Shashi Chopra.

Jasmine & Tarun Chopra were born and raised in New Delhi and met online in a chat room. They lived 10 minutes from each other - it was simply destiny. They were two of the early users of the Internet in India - very slow, dial up found at Internet cafes. They came to the United States in 2001 when Tarun got a job working for Whirlpool. Jasmine has a Master’s in Computers and Tarun is a MBA and Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent). The Chopra’s have had a dream to open a restaurant since they first arrived in the US and now it is a reality.

Jasmine, Executive Chef, creates the food they grew up with. All dishes are inspired by Chaiji (Jasmine’s grandmother). “She would make Rogan Josh and Kheema Matter to perfection. She was very deft in working with the clay oven and marveled at making Tandoori Kheema Naan with a tinge of Dahnia (coriander seeds). Baoji (Jasmine’s Grandfather) as well as the rest of my family would take great pride in her cooking skills and would continually invite friends over to enliven their taste buds.” said Jasmine Chopra.

In addition to their regular lunch menu, Raw Silk serves a modern “buffet” called Buffet Thali – samples of items brought to the table and served on to your dish, as opposed to walking up to a buffet. Refills are free. ($10.95 for non-vegetarian, $9.95 for vegetarian during the week, and a more extensive Buffet Thali is available on weekends for $12.95). "

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