"Let's stop in for a lamb korma before we catch the movie" may not be a proposal often heard by many American moviegoers, but it's a delicious possibility for patrons of the Uptown Theater on Connecticut Avenue. Indique, a stylish new Indian restaurant from the owners of the Bombay Bistro in Fairfax and Rockville, offers a menu of small plates designed for the tapas generation.
The "First Taste" section of the menu features some delicious and unusual dishes that can serve as first courses or as shared snacks–calamari ullarthiyathe, tossed with hot pepper, ginger, and tomato; mussels stewed with coconut milk and curry leaves; mini dosas, crepes stuffed with chicken or vegetables.
The part of the menu called "Indique platters" offers other unusual dishes–a very spicy Chicken Cheettinad from Tamil Nadu in southern India and Meen Porichathe, fresh fish wrapped in a banana leaf with ginger, tomato, and spices. From the curries section, the lamb nilgiri korma with cilantro and hot peppers is delicious. Breads are very well done here, especially the seldom-seen appams–rice breads served with a stew of chicken or vegetables.