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3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, #14 (Porter St.) Send to Phone
202-244-6600 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Stylized Indian décor, stylish nouveau Indian food.
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Indique Restaurant Review

: A member of the Bombay Bistro group of Indian restaurants, this flashy and upscale eatery, Indique (unique Indian), puts a contemporary spin on traditional Indian cooking, using arty ceramics, stylized food presentation, and minimalist portions, some offered tapas-style, yet its downstairs open-air kitchen promises something earthy and abundant. Even the décor---an upstairs dining room with tables arranged around an open central well in the floor for an upstairs/downstairs effect---is understated and almost stark. Its menu is equally minimalist, with only six entrées at lunch. Of these, we can point towards the unusual Gujarati specialty of steamed lentil cakes, or dhokla, which though bland, come with several successful chutneys. Lunch entrées also come with a soup, and ours was a bitingly sharp rasam-like liquid (a South Indian soup) that needed a gentler hand in the kitchen. Is it too sour, asked the waiter? And indeed, it was. If lamb is your preference, you may opt for the very mild lamb Nilgiri Korma, but you may find the Malai chicken more of a taste challenge. Or pick up an order of the lamb vindaloo for a real jolt to your palate. Dinnertimes call forth an enlarged menu, yet at either lunch or dinner, your best bet may be to order carry-out. That way, not only can you hunker down to an Indian splurge on your own terms, but also you can sidestep any delays that occur as waitstaff run upstairs and downstairs with orders.

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