Kismet Modern Indian showcases the award-winning fare of Chef Ajay Kumar and brings to Old Town Alexandria Indian cuisine that is both memorable and approachable.
Diners discover foods that are unforgettably delicious – made with fresh and high-quality ingredients using time-honored cooking techniques.Chef Kumar has been recognized with a Michelin Bib Gourmand award for his cooking at Kismet’s sister restaurant, Karma Modern Indian, in downtown Washington, D.C.
Together with craft mixologist, Christian Richardson, Kumar and the team at Kismet elevate the concept of Indian dining.
Kismet reflects its name – the interior is modern with a chic welcoming vibe. The restaurant is located at 111 N. Pitt Street in Alexandria, Virginia.
Open for lunch Friday through Sunday and for dinner service Wednesday through Sunday.
At Kismet Modern Indian we mix traditional and new flavors for a novel approach to Indian cooking. We combine traditional time-honored Indian cooking techniques with unexpected ingredient combinations and forward-thinking flavor profiles – which are presented in a contemporary style.
The dishes at Kismet Modern Indian begin with fresh food sourced locally and incorporate high-quality house-ground spices. Our culinary team transforms these ingredients into unforgettable meals. Our food is our focus but so is our guest experience.
When you arrive at Kismet Modern Indian, you will be greeted with a friendly smile by welcoming staff who will treat you like family. A neighborhood restaurant, Kismet offers comfortable seating, indoors and outside on our private courtyard patio, in an atmosphere that is both chic and inviting.
Favorites, such as naan bread, palak paneer, and lamb seekh kebab are the foundation of our menu. Whether you are looking for a classic dish such as chicken tikka, or one of our new creations, like red snapper peri-peri, our primary aim is to make Indian food more approachable.
Executive Chef Ajay Kumar leads the culinary team at Kismet Modern Indian and brings with him the recognition of a Michelin Bib Gourmand award from our sister restaurant, Karma Modern Indian, located in downtown Washington, D.C. Kumar’s vast experience includes over 15 years cooking in New Delhi before bringing his talent overseas.
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 are fulfilling their destiny with Kismet Modern Indian.
We look forward to hosting you,
Sachin Mahajan and Ricky Singh
What Goes Around Comes Around
We believe that if we give back to the community – and build good Karma – our destiny will unfold pleasantly. To that end, Kismet Modern Indian is proud to donate a portion of daily sales to local and global charities, including DC Central Kitchen and Save the Children.