We took a group of eight to the new Heritage India in Dupont Circle last night. All in all, a good experience. However, for those of us who are regulars at the Wisconsin Avenue version of Heritage, be prepared for some surprises.
The room itself is beautiful with a very long and elegant bar along one side of the room and well placed tables through out the rest of the space. The plan is to also use the space for large events including ones involving dancing. So, the room has a great sound system.
The menu is "nouvelle" India a la Indique and a few other places. Generally, the food is very good. The pakoras and samosas are better here than at the other Heritage. The tandoori and curry dishes were all first rate. There are some oddities such as a section devoted to pasta (?!)and a format that ties rice and dal choices to a main course. In addition, the naan comes out sliced and somewhat thinner than the bread we are used to at the other restaurant. The goal is to make this restaurant very friendly to people who don't normally eat Indian food. Fair enough. I was a little put off by some of the accomodations but the food is still very good and, in some cases, better than the other restaurant.
A final note on service. Heritage Dupont has a largely non-Indian wait staff as part of the strategy to make it friendly to newcomers. It has also been open only a week. The combination of these two factors made for some odd service. We had a waiter who did not know much about the menu or the choices of beer and wine. The timing was off in terms of when dishes arrived. And, while very enthusiastic and nice, the staff did not have the same charm or knowledge as the Heritage Wisconsin staff.
We will go back again in the very near future. It is a great new addition to the Dupont area. But, be patient if you are a frequent diner at other Indian restaurants. This is not your typical place.