100 Best Restaurants 2008: Heritage India
No. 52: Heritage India
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Heritage India - Glover Park
Address: 2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-333-3120
Neighborhood: Glover Park, Georgetown
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Sunday through Thursday, dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Bhel puri; eggplant in sesame-cashew sauce; black lentils with cream and butter; yakhani gosht, a Kashmiri lamb stew with yogurt and saffron; prawns in green-pepper sauce; sag paneer; flatbreads.
Price Details: Lunch specials, $7.95 to $12.95. Dinner appetizers, $4.50 to $10.50; entrees, $9.95 to $23.95.
Special Features:
Delivery, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene:
Food Specials

Cuisine: Elegant Indian cooking that demonstrates the difference between heat and genuine spice and is done with flair—often in copper pots warmed over a flame at the table. The kitchen goes beyond the standards with vegetable stews and fish dishes rarely seen on local menus.

Mood: Carved-wood panels, luxurious fabrics, and twinkling lamps with beaded shades give the many-windowed second-floor dining room the feel of an Indian merchant’s home. The vested waiters, though sometimes almost curt, convey a sense of dining on the Orient Express.

Best for: Diners, including vegetarians, who savor the subtlety and elegance of refined Indian cooking.

Best dishes: Perfectly cooked shrimp in sesame oil; sautéed calamari with coconut and lemon; bhelpuri, a jumble of puffed rice, chickpea vermicelli, shallots, and chutneys; crispy okra with mango powder; baby eggplants in sesame sauce; luxuriant dal, a dish of lentils with cream and butter; rasmalai, cheese-and-milk puffs (think doughnuts) with pistachio sauce.

Insider tips: Meals can get overrich, so try for a mix of meat- and vegetable-based dishes and an assortment of breads, not just the fried kulchas. The vegetarian curries are available in half portions.

Service: ½

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