Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon to Heritage India offers the best lead the world has had in centuries. This Groupon is valid at both the Dupont Circle and Georgetown locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine Sunday–Thursday.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Indian cuisine Friday or Saturday.
At Heritage India, passionate cooks create aromatic Indian dishes with exceptionally authentic flavor that won the hearts and tongues of reviewers at The Washingtonian magazine. Heritage India's menu boasts classic Indian dishes such as palak makai—tender green spinach teamed with bright corn in a fresh, herby cream ($10.45 at Georgetown; $12.95 at Dupont Circle), hailed by the Washington Post as quite possibly the best in town. The Dupont Circle location's menu varies slightly from the Georgetown menu, but the attentive chefs at both locations simmer savory lamb chunks in spicy vindaloo sauce ($15.45 at Georgetown; $17.95 at Dupont Circle) and tandoori-baked chicken creations ($13.95 at Georgetown; $15.95 at Dupont Circle) juicy enough to shame a pool party's worth of navel oranges. Each location also serves a variety of savory veggie options, such as baigan mirchi ka salan, a palatable mix of baby eggplants and hot peppers in a sesame-flavored sauce ($10.95 at Georgetown; $13.95 at Dupont Circle).
Both eateries serve up their sumptuous curries in a fine-dining environment accented with chandeliers and elegant wood trim. The owner, the proud proprietor of a successful chain of Indian restaurants in Germany and the Czech Republic, knows that attention to detail—from the graceful décor down to the last spice in the korma—makes Heritage India a refined haven for human diners and sentient wooden boys alike.
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."