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Indique in Cleveland Park, DC--review

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Indique in Cleveland Park, DC--review

Smokey | Mar 2, 2003 04:53 PM

Went to Indique on Saturday night with four others. With tax and tip, the per person price was $26. We ordered 2 beers, two perriers, two appetizers, five entrees and one dessert.

The appetizers were a salmon tikki (frankly, a salmon patty) and aloo tikki (surprise! a potato patty!). They were tasty, not great. I think most folks at the table agreed that the aloo was better than the salmon. The aloo came with a little bit of a chickpea dish and the salmon with a lightly spicey tomato-ey relish. I almost always go the veggie samosa route, but after talking with the waiter it appeared that one was charged $4 for one samosa, which just seemed a bit exorbitant to me (so instead I chose to pay $6 for two salmon patties!).

I got the bengan bhartha (eggplant) and naan. Thought the eggplant was great (spicey, as I asked for it), the naan was good, not at all greasy, but somehow, not great (can't put my finger on it, maybe I just miss the grease!). I tried some of the paneer makhani (cheese in tomato-ey sauce). It was wonderful. Clear, distinct flavors and a nice complement to the eggplant. One person had the chicken biryani. She seemed to like it, but didn't have much comment. I never think much of biryanis, so didn't try. Another person had the chicken a la indique (if I remember name correctly). Nothing but rave review from him. Another got the chicken appam, which he seemed to like but didn't love. There were also orders for garlic naan and onion kulcha. I heard nothing good/bad/indifferent about the other breads and didn't try them.

For dessert, a kulfi with orange sauce. Didn't try it, but it looked nicely flavored with cardamom, and the orange sauce was a nice touch.

I would definitely go back, not sure about the others I ate with, but they are much more bargain hunters. Cleveland Park is certainly not the place for bargains. It was PACKED (clearly, reservations necessary unless one wants to wait in the small bar. The wait-staff issue still needs to be worked out. There appears to be one, maybe two, gentlemen who take your order. All those other folks you see standing around chatting? Appparently, they're just there to fill up your water glass (which they do do a good job of!). I finally had to flag somebody down from across the room to get them to take our order, as the one gentleman who seemed charged with the duty had completely disappeared after taking our drink order.

All in all, pretty good, not great. It's convenient for me, however, so I will almost certainly return.

Smokey

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