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Indique is coined by combining India and the unique. The two-story courtyard is bordered by carved white marble railings. Bold colors and rich fabric lend a refined yet casual ambience to the inviting space. Stark white stylish tableware works as the canvas for the artful creations of the kitchen. Appearances and flavors are given equal attention and both excel. Appetizers, named First Tastes draw on traditional Indian favorites and contemporary innovations like tapas or meze and served on small plates. Tandoor specialties shine here with rare coastal seafood and regional dishes from the south of India. Attentive service complements the sophisticated kitchen.
**For parties larger than 4 people, please call the restaurant at (202) 244-6600**
Washington, DC 20008
Indian, Tapas / Small Plates, Pakistani
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full service catering (off-site) for parties from 75 to 1000
Cleveland Park Metro (Red line)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Indique Ratings and Reviews
Small spaces, but cozy. Service was very good from the bar to the table (offer to bring appetizer up to table, no problem using Groupon, etc). Food was good - I'm not an Indian fare wizard, so it is hard for me to say whether this is "good Indian," but everyone was pleased. The Chicken Tikka Makhani was very flavorful and tender. I'm not one to indulge on bread, beans or rice, and it was very pleasant to eat by itself. I'd love to go back and try more of the curries.
For all of the years I have lived in DC, everyone has raved about this Indian restaurant. Unfortunately, the wait was not worth it in my opinion. We were sat upstairs on their two table outdoor balcony, which was very special and charming. However, if felt as if the servers forgot about us being out there for most of the night. Our water glasses were often empty. Incorrect food orders were brought out for both appetizers and entrees. Then the food itself was nothing special. I have found equally or better tasting Indian all over the city, but was expecting more from Indique. My neighborhood Indian Place, Tandori Grill in Capitol Hill, offers more enticing food at a more reasonable price point.
The noise level was really impossible upstairs in the larger room. The upholstered banquets did nothing to absorb the truly horrendous level of noise. They need to do something (ie. hidden acoustic tiles in/around ceiling). We could not hear what the person next to us was saying unless they put their mouths to our ears. Otherwise a nice experience.
The Shrimp Varuval appetizer was excellent. Tamilnad Fish curry was disappointing. I expected a South Indian curry, and this certainly wasn't. Paneer Makhani was okay. The Malbec by the glass is pretty good. Mango cheese flan was excellent too. Service was okay.
As regular diners at Indique, my guess is that it's slipping a tad behind some of its competitors like Heritage. The dry poppadums come with a range of dips but not the usual mango chutney. By the time we had requested and received ours, 2 of us had eaten our poppadums. They took it off the bill, but it would have been better if it was offered instead. My sense is that the menu has been reduced and the price of wine increased considerably. Marietta zinfadel was a good choice with the food, but my lamb rogan josh included quite a bit of fat. My partner's korma also looked a little on the dark side, suggesting that the curry sauce had been used rather than korma. The range of naans is also limited to plain and garlic. Return to Indique? Hmm.
My wife and I love this restaurant, great place to send a romantic evening. Our reservation was in the early evening, and we saw a few families with small children... it was nice to see it was very kid-friendly and still quiet. Great food, and great ambiance!
I was disappointed in the service. The waiter was inexperienced and had some problems with his English. When my guest asked for a Sherry drink, the waiter did not seem to understand what it was. He was not very cordial and did not seem interested in giving us a wonderful dining experience.
Bombay Club is far superior.
Indique is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is exceptional, the atmosphere is upscale but still casual and fun. All things considered, including it's great Cleveland Park location directly next to the metro stop, it's a good value and a place I would go back to regularly. I've talen several friends and they have always liked it too - even people who usually don't seek out Indian Restaurants.
Okay, so I went here for DC Restuarant week...so it may have been a bit more noisy than usual. Also, the wait staff may have just been very busy...but our waiter just wasn't very helpful in picking a dish or making us feel welcome. The food was okay. I got the Curried lamb shank. It was really good. But the naan was dry and brittle and the Tandoori Tiger Prawn was very overcooked.I have to say thaat the variety of their dishes is unique, but I would be more satisfied with the food at a 7.95 Indian buffet. It wasn't worth the 25$ more per person for the food we got.
I told the hostess at Indique that I was expecting a young woman guest and to bring her to my table upstairs. The place was empty. The hostess failed to bring my guest upstairs to the dining when she arrived and let her wait for thirty minutes. At that point my guest insisted that she be taken to the dining to look for me. No apologies from the hostess. Then our waiter ignored our request to serve all of our dishes as soon as they were ready because we had only 30 minutes left for dinner. Instead he intentionally held back two dishes explaining that they were main courses. He also never brought us the bread we ordered. As a result of the all around poor service we gulped down some of the food and left much of it on the plate.
In D.C., Rasika often gets the praise for best high-end Indian restaurant, but I think that's all hype, where Indique is all flavor. I was underwhelmed by Rasika, but Indique never fails to impress. Even the basics, like veggie samosas, are almost stunning with their levels of flavor. Perhaps to the restaurant's own detriment, they don't sit folks downstairs, so don't be fooled when you walk in and the place seems empty--everyone is upstairs or outdoors, where the ambiance doesn't disappoint. I still miss the $6 curries of my college days, but when I'm down to splurge on nice Indian food, for my money Indique is the best Indian in town.
Service was a little slow (this was a Friday evening), but food was good and price (for D.C.) was reasonable. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Indian food. Location is easily accessible right at Cleveland Park exit on the Red Line metro on Connecticut Avenue near the corner of Porter. It is a more affordable alternative to Risika downtown.
On previous visits to Indique I was more impressed. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive - she gets 5 stars. The food, however, was only mediocre compared to other high end Indian restaurants such as Rashika. The Ippam/Iste combination needed more flavor especially the Iste stew which was watery and lacked the requisite creamy coconut flavor and spice. The Baigan Bharta was oily. It appeared to me that the cuisine has slipped and the prices are not commensurate with the quality of the food. Indique could use a menu makeover and a little more creativity with flavors, food combinations and presentation.
The air conditioning was *WAY* too cold - dress appropriately (or at least in layers) in the summer. They only seem to have four 2-person tables on their balconies, but they look like awesome places to sit. There was plenty of seating and the atmosphere was really nice. The service was a tad slow at times and water glasses weren't filled quickly. But the food was solidly delicious and I'd love to go back.
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