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Indique - A review

Tweaked | Feb 21, 2003 10:08 AM

I checked out Indique last night, my conclusion is that it is a solid neighborhood Indian restaurant, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Heritage India. But I'm sure it will do well in Cleveland Park and with the pre/post Uptown crowd.

Most of the menu follows your Indian restaurant standards...curry, biryani, tandoori, veggie dishes, so no real surprises. The First Taste section of the menu (small plates, appetizers) offers some more unique offers like tandoori quail. Here's a review of what we tried.

We started with Mini Dosa, Indian crepes stuffed with vegetables and served with coconut based chutneys, and Aloo Tikki, potato patties stuffed with lentils. The dosa was excellent, but I found the Tikki bland, although the accompanying curried chickpeas where excellent.

Next we moved on to Chicken Tikka Makhani, tandoori cooked chicken in a buttery tomato sauce, this was a very good makhani, smokey flavor and rich sauce. We also had Saag Makai, spinach and corn kernals cooked with spices and a Dal, basically a lentil stew. I thought the Makai was nice but lacked flavor and the Dal was rich and creamy but also lacking a certain depth of flavor. We also had an order of naan, which at $2 for one piece was a bit disappointing. The presentation of food was excellent, large square plates, funky bowls, and each table had the Trinity of Indian chutneys, the familiar green coriander, brown tamarind, and lemon pickle. The lemon pickle was excellent.

Since I have a good friend who lives in Cleveland Park, I'll definately go back to explore the menu further. Oh they also have Sam Smith Indian Pale Ale on the beer menu, a very nice beer indeed.

Here's a link:

Link: http://www.indique.com

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