New! Customize your Chowhound profile with social links, a header image, and more! | Set Up Your Profile Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Washington DC & Baltimore

Yet Another Indique Review (Long)

Share:

Restaurants & Bars

Yet Another Indique Review (Long)

Amanda | Oct 23, 2003 10:59 AM

If you search the page, there are several reviews of Indique, but I thought I would add my two cents worth.

My spousal unit (henceforth SU) and I went to Indique last night for the first time. The place was quite busy with reservations, but the hostess said she would work us in if we would wait a few minutes at the bar. So, SU took that opportunity to try a Kingerfisher. I'm not a beer drinker so I tried a Tamarind Margarita. The tamarind flavor was quite nice, but the drink was overpowered with too much tequila so I couldn't finish it (yes, I know - alcohol abuse!).

About 20 minutes after heading to the bar, we were seated at an upstairs table - a wide table with big chairs. It was crowded and quite nosy so SU and I spent most of the meal hunched over the table trying to hear each other. That could explain the sore back this morning!

The menu has your basic Indian offerings: curry, tandoori, biriyani, several vegetarian offerings, and several types of breads and other accompaniments. After deliberating the menu's offerings, we started off with spiced papadams and three Indian chutneys: green coriander, brown tamarind, and lemon pickle. Neither of us was overly impressed with the papadams, but we decided to keep snacking on them and forego appetizers.

For entrees, SU ordered chicken biriyani and garlic naan (and a Taj Mahal to drink), while I ordered Vegetable Jalfrezi and regular naan. Food was served relatively quickly. SU, who is used to Indian food in his native UK, was surprised to see his biriyani presented in cubed shape that he called "dry." He was looking forward to using his naan to "sop up the sauces" as he would do in the UK. Once he got over his initial disappointment he said he enjoyed the dish (but this morning he said he changed his mind on that); I didn't try it so I can't comment. My Jalfrezi was quite nice; the veggies were cooked through, but still had a crunch to them and they were suitably spicy. SU's garlic naan was very good - puffy and chewy and crisp all at once. Our server neglected to bring my plain naan so we ended up ordering another garlic naan halfway through our meal.

We ended up skipping dessert as we were just too full.

All in all, it was a good Indian meal. I've had better Indian food, but considering the location, atmosphere, price and offerings we'll go back sometime.

Total price of meal (1 Taj Mahal, papadams, 2 pieces of naan, Chicken biriyani, Vegetable Jalfrezi and tax/tip): $40.

Link: http://www.indique.com

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound