100 Best Restaurants 2009: Indique Heights
No. 66: Indique Heights
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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Indique Heights
Address: 2 Wisconsin Cir., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-656-4822
Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Tapas/Small Plates, Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday noon to 3 PM. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 11 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Vegetable samosa chaat with tomatoey chickpeas; crab tikki; cayenne-rubbed tilapia with lemony rice; Malabar shrimp curry; chicken chettinad; shreekand brûlée.
Price Details: Starters, $8 to $9; entrées, $15 to $20. Weekday lunch buffet is $10.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4:30 pM to 7 PM, discounts on select drinks and appetizers.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Cuisine: Glammed-up Indian—anise-spiced crab cakes, cardamom-scented profiteroles, sweet mangotinis. But you’ll also find plenty of nods to tradition at this maze of a dining room: velvety curries and stews, Southern-style street snacks, and the best tandoori meats around.

Mood: Color-drenched silks and brocades, a turquoise-lit fountain, a stunning marble lattice in the lounge, umbrella-topped tables on the patio—the varied settings pull in Indians longing for the flavors of home, families out for an easy dinner, and happy-hour revelers.

Best for: A bountiful meal likely to yield leftovers; a leisurely shopping-day lunch; outdoor dining in summer.

Best dishes: Papri chaat, a cool potato salad with yogurt, tamarind, and cilantro chutney; fried samosas; paani puri, crisp shells to be filled from a beaker of tamarind water and eaten in one bite; miniature dosas stuffed with potato and served with five chutneys; tandoori chicken and lamb chops; shrimp varuval over lemony rice; chicken tikka makhani in tangy tomato sauce; ultra-fiery chicken chettinad; lamb biryani; layered bread called paratha; gulab jamun, puffs of pastry steeped in honey.

Insider tips: The excellent weekday-lunch buffet—all you can eat for $10.95—offers ten or so stews and curries plus freshly griddled dosas.

Service: ••

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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