Tandoor ovens were originally designed in the likeness of Mount Everest, which reaches a core temperature of 900 degrees and erupts steaming streams of tikka masala lava. Toast tandoor ovens with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Himalayan cuisine and drinks at Himalayan Heritage.
Himalayan Heritage titillates taste buds of all types with a menu amply stocked with authentic Indian and Nepalese plates and tandoor-baked dishes.
Inaugurate a meal with friends or craft a jaunty bread cap with a piece of garlic naan ($3.25) over a Himalayan herb-marinated jir lamb ko appetizer ($9.25). Vegetable-laden dishes abound for those who prefer their meat herbaceous, offering platters such as paneer masala, cottage cheese cooked in a fresh masala sauce ($12.95). A triumvirate of garlic, coriander, and ginger ordains kadai chicken with stomach-satiating supremacy ($13.95), and the chef-recommended Nepalese duck dream masala makes teeth howl like a feral pack of incisors ($16.95).
Amid walls dappled in fiery hues, sumptuous coral table settings, and illumination supplied by suspended lanterns, Himalayan Heritage offers an atmosphere as welcoming as a hospitality-covered hug. Between forkfuls, patrons can excite their mind muscles by admiring the cultural artwork on display or swap stories over libations from the full-service bar.
The Washington Post has reviewed Himalayan Heritage, and it has been featured in the Washingtonian. Zagat rated the food and service as "very good to excellent." Seven OpenTable reviewers give the restaurant an average of 4.3 stars, and 122 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.
- The food is sumptuous—excellent breads, marinated meats, and spicy vegetarian dishes for Adams Morgan diners seeking something fancier than empanadas or falafel. – The Washingtonian
- "Even the timid” find fare to savor at this “affordable” Adams Morgan trailblazer serving up “intriguing” Indo-Nepalese dishes “bursting with exotic flavor” and prepped with a “wide range of spices" – Zagat
At both of Himalayan Heritage’s locations, chefs pull marinated chicken and lamb from charcoal clay ovens. The tandoori dishes are a staple of Indian cuisine, but Indian is only half the story here. Much of the menu is dedicated to Nepalese food, which, as Tom Sietsema explains in his glowing Washington Post review, is similar, but not the same. For an introduction, he recommends the momo—dumplings made of spiced minced chicken or vegetables that are steamed inside flour dough and served with aachar or chutney sauce.
Diners enjoy their meals at white-linen covered tables in a dining room with bright orange walls and a golden ceiling from which intricate lanterns hang. The space is flush with cultural artwork, including a large thangka painting that acts as a blimp in an emergency if you add enough balloons.
2305 18th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20050Get Directions