A D.C. restaurant group has cooked up its Richmond debut.
Kismet Modern Indian opened Thursday evening at 2918 W. Broad St., a spot on the edge of Scott’s Addition that was formerly home to the restaurant Perch.
The Richmond outpost is the second location of the Kismet concept from Karma and Kismet Food Group, which operates restaurants in Alexandria and D.C. Managing partner Sachin Mahajan said the group was attracted to Richmond for its dining scene and a belief it could bring a different take on Indian food to the area.
“Richmond has a good up-and-coming dining scene and nothing of this sort exists. I think it’ll fit well not just from an Indian cuisine experience, but also as a dining experience,” he said.
Dinner entrees range from $22 to $38 and appetizers cost up to $15, while lunch menu items are priced up to $20, according to the restaurant’s website. Entrees include chingri shrimp curry and tandoor grilled lamb chops.
Mahajan used to live in the Richmond area and said the group had weighed a Richmond expansion prior to opening Kismet in Alexandria about a year ago. The restaurant group felt Scott’s Addition was a good fit for what it’s going for, and Mahajan said the group made only slight tweaks to Perch’s buildout to make it their own.
“Scott’s Addition is where I wanted to be. We’re more an uptown, downtown concept, not a suburban concept,” he said. “Perch built a very beautiful, modern restaurant and the aesthetics worked really well in our minds.”
The 4,400-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 120 people and a patio that seats a dozen people. The restaurant also includes a bar. It is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
Kismet had a soft opening last weekend in which it offered takeout and delivery service, a strategy Mahajan said allows the kitchen staff a chance to work out kinks and give customers a chance to sample the menu.
“I like to do that to get the kitchen more consistent and customers have an option to try the food,” Mahajan said. “It gives people an opportunity to try one or two items without a big check.”
Mahajan said the group isn’t planning further expansion in the Richmond area, but could look to push further into Virginia in places like Charlottesville or Virginia Beach.
“I look at it more like a Central Virginia expansion with (opening a restaurant in) Richmond. We could possibly look at another restaurant once we’re settled,” he said.
The group opened Karma Modern Indian in D.C. five years ago. Karma is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. Ajay Kumar is the group’s executive chef.
Perch shuttered in May after a four-year run in the space near the intersection of Broad and Sheppard streets.