100 Best Restaurants 2012: Indique
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Reviewed By Rina Rapuano, Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
100 Best Restaurants 2012

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.


We've long been fans of the color-splashed Chevy Chase branch of this Indian-restaurant duo, but there's also new energy at the prettily latticed Cleveland Park original--it's serving one of the best renditions of veal cheeks we've had this year as part of a new small-plates menu. At both locations, the thick, aromatic gravies--from a standout tomato-based chicken makhani to the peppercorn-heavy chicken chettinad--share the menu with modernized creations such as mini-dosas and pappadam cones filled with crab and coconut. Both restaurants have good deals. At Indique Heights, a $4 small-plates happy hour runs on weekdays, and there's a bountiful weekend brunch buffet. Sunday through Thursday, Indique offers a $22 pre-theater menu for date-nighters headed to a movie at the nearby Uptown Theater.

What to get: The tangy potato-and-chickpea salad called papri chaat; salmon sliders on miniature pancakes; lemony tandoori mackerel; Malabar shrimp curry; tandoori chicken; orange-scented gulab jamun; Ginger Passion cocktail with vodka, lychee, and elderflower.

Indique open Monday through Thursday for dinner, Friday through Sunday for lunch and dinner; Indique Heights open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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