100 Best Restaurants 2010: Indique Heights
No. 65: Indique Heights
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 1, 2010
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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 to 2:30; Saturday and 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: 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: Weekday lunch buffet is $10.95.

Cuisine: Dynamic Indian flavors find their way into unexpected preparations, such as crabcakes (spiked with anise), Caesar salad with chicken grilled in the tandoor, and especially the lineup of chef/owner K.N. Vinod’s flavor-packed street-snacks menu. Purists can rest assured there are plenty of classic dishes, too.

Mood: A low-lit series of elegant dining rooms, outfitted with silk curtains and a gurgling fountain, is energized by brightly colored plates, glittering granite tables, and red-and-orange-striped booths.

Best for: An introduction to Indian cuisine; a filling meal after a day of shopping in the boutiques of Friendship Heights.

Best dishes: Vegetable samosa chaat, spilling with tomatoey chickpeas; crab tikki, anise-spiked crab patties with spicy coconut flakes; cayenne-rubbed tilapia with lemony rice; coconutty Malabar shrimp curry; a very peppery chicken chettinad; shreekand brûlée, a yogurt-based riff on crème brûlée studded with pistachios.

Insider tips: Midday deals abound. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet holds about ten curries and dosas for $10.95. Weekday lunch boxes come both vegetarian ($6.95) and meat-filled ($7.95 to $8.95) and include two curries, rice pilaf, and naan.

Service: ••

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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