(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

The waiting is almost over, folks. Rasika West End (1177 22nd St. NW) is scheduled to officially open on March 30, and very limited reservations are available beginning March 23. When the new Rasika location opens, the original four-star Indian restaurant will adopt a different name, Rasika Penn Quarter.

The interior of the Martin Vahtra-designed space bears no similarity to its more demure older sibling. Diners will immediately notice the space’s most dominant feature: A rippling interpretation of India’s native banyan tree springs from a support column and envelops the space with overhead pockets of warm magenta lighting. The banquettes are a shade between cool cerulean and turquoise; combined, the palette recalls Holi, the Hindu festival of colors.


The main feature of Rasika West End’s dining room is a central embellishment that mimics the banyan tree. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

Books line the walls of Rasika West End’s private room. (Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)

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(Alex Baldinger/The Washington Post)