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Kismet Modern Indian named one of Southern Living’s best new restaurants of 2023

Dish at Kismet Modern Indian in Alexandria (image via Kismet Modern Indian/Facebook)

Kismet Modern Indian (111 North Pitt Street) won a spot in Southern Living Magazine’s The South’s Best New Restaurants of 2023.

The Alexandria location has been open since November 2021, but the restaurant made the list for opening a second location in Richmond last year.

The restaurant came in at the number 22 spot.

According to the list:

Pay a visit to the original Kismet in Alexandria, and take in the cozy, modern, loft-style restaurant. Chef Ajay Kumar draws a comfortable connection to Karma with reappearances of dishes that have left the D.C. menu, like the Paneer Lajawab (islands of stuffed cheese floating in a tomato-onion sauce) while also charting new territory with things like the Chingri Shrimp Curry with lemon rice. Presentation here is always delivered with a flair for the artistic. The Calcutta Jhaal Muri, a puffed rice with cashews and tamarind sauce, arrives in a golden paper cone, and the Tandoori Shrimp surround a small tower of mango salsa.

Chef Ajay Kumar said in a release that it was an honor to be included on the list.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Southern Living and to be ranked among the South’s Best New Restaurants of 2023,” said Kumar. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team who consistently strive to create memorable dining experiences for our guests.”

Image via Kismet Modern Indian/Facebook

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