Indique serves up “unique” flavors

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Observer staff
Jan. 30, 2008

Since arriving in the District six months ago, I’ve heard my urbane roommate, Cindy, talk incessantly about local restaurants she wants to try. So, this past Saturday, she and I ventured out to Cleveland Park to try a new restaurant. We had a few places in mind as we hopped off the Metro Red Line, but explored Connecticut Ave. for a bit before settling on Indique, a charming restaurant next to the Metro that claimed to serve “unique Indian flavors.”

Observer photo by JODI WESTRICK
Aloo tikki – $6

When we arrived around 8:00 p.m., we weren’t sure how crowded the restaurant would be, but were immediately offered a table. The restaurant boasts two floors with a funky-looking bar just beyond the main dining room. A glass wall in the main dining room allows you to peek into the kitchen, where chefs are cooking and hand-making naan bread, roti and paratha.

Indique offers quite a few “small plates,” or appetizer-like dishes, that pack a lot of flavor. We settled on aloo tikki, which consists of two soft potato patties stuffed with spiced lentils and served with colorful chutneys. The dish was $6 and worth every penny. Each bite offered a different taste; the chickpea chutney it came with was the perfect accoutrement. There was an underlying citrus taste to the patties that we couldn’t quite place, but nonetheless, the dish was the perfect appetizer.

Observer photo by JODI WESTRICK
Chicken tandoori chops – $14

I consider myself an Indian-food novice, so Cindy helped me pick out my main course. I settled on the tandoori chicken chops and she ordered the chicken tikka makhani. Each dish was served with basmati rice and dal; a lentil soup that was good, but didn’t offer much by way of flavor. Both dishes were $14.

My tandoori chicken chops were delicious; having been marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices before grilled, they were tender and the flavor was appealingly powerful. With two pieces of chicken, I left the meal feeling full and satisfied.

Cindy’s chicken tikka makhani, a curry of marinated boneless chicken cooked in a tandoor and served with in a tomato-based sauce, came loaded with a punch of seasoning that left your mouth watering. Paired with naan and basmati rice, it was the perfect Indian dish.

Observer photo by JODI WESTRICK
Mango and cheese flan – $6

To cool our palates after the main course, we ordered the mango and cheese flan – a surprising combination that had graceful subtle taste. The flan came with a side of superb mango ice cream and a type of raspberry-mango syrup. The flan and ice cream were light and airy after consuming the large main course; while slightly expensive at $6, it was a nice ending to a delicious meal.

There were several other dishes we were tempted to try, so we will most likely be headed back to Indique for another round. It wasn’t the cheapest meal we’ve had, but for $24 each, we ate three courses and left pleasantly content.

Indique is located next to the Cleveland Park Metro stop on the Red Line. The exact address is 3512-14 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The restaurant is open daily for lunch from noon to 3:00 p.m., and for dinner 5:30 to 10:30 Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 to 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Carryout options are also available. Call 202-244-6600 to order.

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