The Needle: Indique (December 2007)
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Address: 3512-14 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-244-6600
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Friday through Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Lychee Bubbles cocktail; Pomegranate Martini; crab cakes; mini dosas; deconstructed vegetable samosa; tandoori shrimp; tandoori lamb chops; Cornish-hen curry.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $4 to $8; entrées, $8 to $12. Dinner appetizers, $5 to $7; entrées, $11 to $21. Three-course pre-theater menu, $20.

This Cleveland Park dining room is a lovely retreat, with its pale-blue walls, candlelit outdoor balcony, and warm, knowledgeable service. But what’s going on in the kitchen? A Goan-style shrimp curry lacked any aromatic kick. A mini-uttapam, the South Indian savory pancake, tasted like something a McDonald’s in Mysore might conjure up—wet, spongy, and dotted with flavorless diced bell peppers. Dinner was a litany of disappointments: lumpy lentil cakes, pasty dal, weak tamarind margaritas. Only the tandoori quail was truly delicious—all four bites of it.

-This appeared in the December, 2007 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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