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Looking for great Indian in DC for large group

xtatika Jan 22, 2008 02:36 PM


Rasika was recommended, and I really wanted to eat there...but for my birthday I'm expecting a party of 11 and Rasika requires a group menu which is too pricey ($55/person before tax and tip, without wine). Plus I think my friends will prefer ordering for themselves.

Can you recommend Indian food of similar caliber in DC where a large group can be comfortable without needing to have the group menu? A similar price range for entrees is fine (seems like $15-25 or so).

Thanks so much for recommendations!

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    rappel75 RE: xtatika Jan 22, 2008 06:13 PM

    Heritage India near Dupont is slightly cheaper and probably has the space you need. It is not quite as good as Rasika but is still pretty solid. Indebleau also has an Indian/French menu and changed its menu to be a bit cheaper than it used to be (I have not been there since they did that, though, so it may not be as good). Good luck!!

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      HSBSteveM RE: rappel75 Jan 22, 2008 06:32 PM

      Indebleu serves its purpose as a trendy fusion restaurant, but if your heart is set on a good Indian meal, I would steer away from it.

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      MakingSense RE: xtatika Jan 22, 2008 07:37 PM

      The White Tiger on Capitol Hill is an often overlooked treasure. Better known for its bargain lunch buffet, The Tiger serves from a terrific a la carte Indian menu that attracts folks from the Indian Embassy and local expats, World Bank types, etc., so they must be doing something right. The prices are comfortable as well so you should come in under budget for your friends even with wine. Neat decor and very pleasant atmosphere.

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        elizzy RE: xtatika Jan 22, 2008 07:50 PM

        I have been to Heritage India in Glover Park (across from Whole Foods) for a large birthday dinner and it was really good. Also, what about Bombay Club? Pricey, but good and the dining room is elegant.

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          Elyssa RE: xtatika Jan 23, 2008 04:38 AM

          I highly recommend Heritage in Dupont Circle. The food is very good and within your price range. They can easily seat 11 peoplem, since the dining room is large (and pretty).

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            dcandohio RE: xtatika Jan 23, 2008 05:21 AM

            Indique Heights, while not in DC proper, is just above the metro at Friendship Heights. I'm sure they would have no problem with a group of 11.

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              gatorfoodie RE: dcandohio Jan 23, 2008 05:59 AM

              There's Indique (not heights) in Cleveland Park. It is excellent and they should be able to accomodate you.

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                Elyssa RE: gatorfoodie Jan 23, 2008 08:33 AM

                Really? Because I was very unhappy with my meal at Indique. I thought it was over priced and only so-so. I prefer Heritage personally.

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                  gatorfoodie RE: Elyssa Jan 23, 2008 08:38 AM

                  oh that's too bad. I've been to Indique 3? times now and had a great meal each time and was actually happy with the quantity of food for the price. I have been eager to try Heritage though.

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                    xtatika RE: gatorfoodie Jan 24, 2008 08:52 AM

                    Thank you for all the suggestions!
                    I think we're going to go for Heritage, though will keep all the others on my list for the future.

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                      tastytamarind RE: xtatika Jan 24, 2008 11:48 AM

                      Let me make one final plug for Indique. I've been a long-time fan, and I've learned over time what to order. Samosas: no. Papri Chaat (or chaat papri, whichever): YES. amazing app. baigan bartha is great, as are palak paneer and gobi masala/chana masala. lamb roganjosh is pretty good, though I've had better. they've got a great $20/3 course choice that's good for parties, and they accommodate large groups very well. give it a second thought! :)

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                        hamster RE: tastytamarind Apr 20, 2008 08:20 PM

                        I agree with you, I really didn't enjoy the food at Heritage but have liked Indique in CP. I also thought the ambiance and plating was way too fussy at Heritage -- all the trendy-shaped plates just got in the way of actually chowing down. I was totally turned off. Different strokes...

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                    Jacey RE: Elyssa Apr 20, 2008 12:02 PM

                    I'm surprised--you're about the only person I've heard who was "unhappy" with their meal there. I really don't think it's overpriced in comparison to Heritage. The ambience can't be beat too.

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                zinfandel RE: xtatika Jan 25, 2008 07:28 PM

                I'll second the recommendation for The White Tiger. One of my favorite Indian spots in DC, with a very relaxed atmosphere. If you don't use it for your group dinner this time, make sure you have a meal there sometime during the summer when you can sit on the patio outdoors. Great for a long, relaxing meal with wine in the warm weather months.

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