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Jan 25, 2009 10:16 AM

Trouble finding good indian food

I'm having trouble finding good Indian food in teh DC/Alexandria area. Does anyone have a recommendation to pass along?

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  1. I really like Heritage India in Dupont, but I'm not an expert on Indian food - I've just really enjoyed my meals there.

    1. I really like Indique in Cleveland Park. If you want somewhere that's high-end and a bit more creative, I would definitely try Rasika in Penn Quarter. We did the tasting menu and everything from the cod to the curries were incredible. I believe they also have a three-course pre-theater menu for $30 (much cheaper than the tasting menu!!).
      For more low-key and casual, Mehawk in Chinatown is always solid.

      1. Bombay Curry Co. in the Del Ray section of Alexandria is very good across the board. One of the few places where it's hard to order wrong, but definitely take a look at the Tandoori wings, they are a perfect dish. The chaat here is all good stuff.

        In DC, the Street Hawker menu at Heritage Dupont is a real good choice.

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        1. re: Steve

          The hawkers menu is only offered at Heritage in Dupont? What's on the hawkers menu?

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            Bhel puri, chaat papri, gobi massalam, all kinds of chaat.

        2. The Fairfax area really has a lot of great Indian. There are many threads on it if you want to travel a bit search for the threads on Indian in the Fairfax area. Minerva I think is what I think my friends really like out there, although there are probably some others.

          1. Dito those on this blog.

            Heritage (Glover Park not DuPont) for most authentic, good indian

            Indique or Indique Heights for good mid range

            Rasika most creative high end Indian in swanky setting.

            Only one to add is Bombay Club in Farragut square (if it's still there) again very good high end Indian in a nice setting

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            1. re: foodie0807

              Yeah....I am with the Rasika train....if you can't get good indian there........I can give you a number for United Airlines for your flight....cause it doesn't get any better than in the states

              1. re: foodie0807

                Heritage for authentic? Last time I was there they offered not a single piece of meat still on the bone. All chicken is purely chunks of white breast meat. Unless they have changed their menu around. Do they even offer salty lassi? This is a place that has pulled its punches for a long time now.

                1. re: Steve

                  Okay easy there Steve--I switch the word authentic for traditional. Probably the only authentic you can get is in London or India these days (although I had fantastic indian in Africa this month--go figure)

                  1. re: foodie0807

                    Actually excellent Indian food is found in certain countries in Africa such as Kenya and Uganda, due to the large Indian population. While I haven't had Indian food in London, my favorite Indian restaurant in the world is in Kampala.

                    I've eaten in everything from truck stops to high end in India. To keep this on topic for this board, I have to say that I haven't found a place here that does more than just evoke the memory. I haven't eaten at Rasika, but places that I like are Indique Heights, Punjab Dhaba in Falls Church, and Passage to India, although it's been a few years for the latter.