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For $15 today’s Groupon gets you $30 worth of curry and coconut-milk cuisine at Heritage India, the Indian restaurant Washingtonian magazine called a “paragon of quiet elegance and fine cooking.” Heritage India’s menu is stocked with classic Indian dishes prepared so perfectly they taste totally unique. The palak makai (creamy spinach and corn in fresh herbs) might be the best in town, according to The Washington Post. Or try the lamb vindaloo and juicy tandoori chicken and quail—Indian food enthusiasts say Heritage’s tender meat sets it apart from scorched-and-spicy competitors.
The Dupont Circle location’s menu is slightly different from the Georgetown menu. This Groupon is good during lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch at either place; you can’t use it during happy hour at the Dupont Circle bar, but you can use it for the Dupont value-priced buffet. Both restaurants are fine-dining spots with chandeliers, stone floors, high ceilings, starched tablecloths, and wood trim. Servers are prompt, professional, and proficient in amateur wrestling holds. The owner, who ran a successful chain of Indian restaurants in Germany and the Czech Republic before he came to the States, rented an apartment, opened Heritage, and knows what works: attention to detail—in the food and in the décor—that makes Heritage a fine-dining experience.
Heritage India is a Washington Post Editors’ Pick, and it was named a Very Best Restaurant by the Washingtonian magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007: > * [Heritage India] gets my nod for Indian cooking that is as sophisticated as it gets in Washington. There’s much to compete for your attention, from delicate vegetable fritters to juicy chicken tikka, from zesty strips of grouper blended with tomatoes and peppers to velvety baby eggplant draped in a creamy sesame sauce. Herb-laced spinach, possibly the best palak makai in town, reminds me that the menu welcomes vegetarians with open arms, while the lamb vindaloo beckons (and satisfies) fire eaters. The sauces are distinct, the tandoor-baked breads hot and tasty. And the setting is at once rich and comfortable. – Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post > * Lovers of complex Indian cooking gather at this elegant second-floor aerie with its burnt-orange walls, vivid textiles, carved wood benches, and a photo gallery of bygone Indian princes for some of the best Indian food in the city… Dishes that warm the palate rather than singe it–though when appropriate, as in the fiery vindaloo, the kitchen isn’t spice-shy. Stylish touches–shiny copper bowls and a ceramic mini-tandoor brought to the table–make you feel like a Raj. – Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, and Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian magazine > * You won’t find rosewater martinis, a high-style lounge, or vindaloo small plates—but this dining room, appointed with gold-threaded silks and carved wooden doors, has been a paragon of quiet elegance and fine cooking for two decades… What separates Heritage from the competition? A lot. The slowly stirred curries match tender meats to velvety gravies that are spicy but never assaulting. We’ve yet to see anything emerge from the tandoor dried out, whether it’s yogurt-marinated quail, lemony prawns, or saffron-scented chicken. – Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, and Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian magazine
The Dupont Circle location has an average of 3.5 stars on Yelp; the Glover Park location has four: > * This place is as good as it gets. Tasteful aesthetics, elegant decor, and prompt service with a smile give your dining experience a unique pizazz [sic]. It’s not all show. The food is very well prepared, too. – Saurabh G. > * Heritage is the best Indian restaurant I have discovered in DC as of yet. Not only is the food excellent and prices reasonable, the whole airy atmosphere is much less claustrophobia-inducing than some cramped, low-ceiling places… this is definitely a place you could go on a business lunch or for a special occasion. – Megan S. > * One of my favorite Indian restaurants in the world… Every single dish was excellent… The staff is very friendly. – Carolina V.
Heritage India received culinary acclaim when the restaurant was named a Very Best Restaurant in Washingtonian magazine. The magazine was not so kind to other DC eateries that were deemed some of the Very Worst Restaurants:
- Caleb’s Food Hat
- Pizza Food Why?
- TGI Not Mondays (Where Every Day Isn’t Mondays!)
- Wilston’s Uncomfortable, Silent Eating With Distant Relatives Food Experience
- Wendies, Borger King, and McDonalts (tied for 5th)
A palate-friendly palace in gold and green, Heritage India is the latest outpost of owner’s globe-spanning career in the hospitality business. Past ornate artwork and an elegant dining room, the head chef draws on the culinary styles of his birthplace. The influence shows in menus of flavorful fusion cuisine, including calamari sautéed with curry leaves and coconut milk; hyderabadi murgh haleem, a dish of chicken, barley, lentils, and spices; and golgappas, a popular street food made of puffed wheat, potato, and chickpeas.
- The Washington Post's editors picked Heritage India for its "rich meats, luscious veggies, creamy lentils and warm and wonderful breads."
- The Washingtonian named the restaurant one of the city's 100 best in 2010, lauding its atmosphere. "With carved wooden screens, British Colonial furnishings, and vintage sepia photos of Indian princes, the main dining room channels the days of the Raj."
- Fodor's praised the eatery for its authenticity. "There's incredible attention to detail in everything from the tapestried chairs to the paintings of India and the traditional tandoori and curry dishes."
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