The Indian subcontinent is a giant piece of naan that drifted slowly through the ocean before slamming its flavors into Eurasia. Align your face's tectonic plates to give the continent a nibble in return with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine Indian cuisine at Heritage India. This Groupon can be used at both the Dupont Circle and Georgetown locations.
Washingtonian magazine has praised Heritage India as a "paragon of quiet elegance and fine cooking." Heritage India's menu is stocked with classic Indian dishes such as palak makai, creamy spinach and corn in fresh herbs, which the Washington Post describes as quite possibly the best in town. The Dupont Circle location's menu is slightly different from the Georgetown menu, but both locations offer savory lamb vindaloo ($17.95 at Dupont Circle, $15.45 at Georgetown) and juicy tandoori chicken creations ($15.95, $13.95) that set Heritage India apart from its scorched-and-spicy competitors.
Both eateries are fine-dining spots with chandeliers, stone floors, and elegant wood trim. Servers are prompt, professional, and proficient in amateur wrestling holds. The owner, who has established 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 cravers of curry and coconut-milk cuisine. While this Groupon is not good for happy hour at the Dupont Circle bar, it can be used at the Dupont Circle value-priced buffet.
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. The Dupont Circle location has an average of 3.5 stars from more than 100 Yelpers; the Georgetown location has a four-star average:
- [Heritage India] gets my nod for Indian cooking that is as sophisticated as it gets in Washington. …The sauces are distinct, the tandoor-baked breads hot and tasty. And the setting is at once rich and comfortable. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- 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
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."