Monday, July 25, 2011

Heritage India, DC

UPDATE: This restaurant has permanently closed.

After a long day of shopping, we headed over to Heritage India in Dupont Circle for a nice dinner.  When I glanced at the website, it listed dress as business casual. Since we had spent the day shopping in the summer heat, we were dressed very casually, but once we were inside, this did not appear to be much of an issue.  This restaurant is very nice -- it has a fairly large dining area with servers who are formally dressed. The host sat us near the front of the restaurant and handed us a couple large menus.

We decided to order a couple of cocktails to start. I had a vodka-based one and Zach ordered one with bourbon in it. The cocktails were way too strong. Zach's tasted like it could have been purely bourbon and mine was lip-pursingly strong as well.

The menu is extensive and lists lots of options from full-sized entrees to street food-style tapas. I asked a lot of questions of our waiter about the vegan options and he was extremely helpful. He knew exactly which ones were vegan and which ones could be made vegan.  Zach and I finally decided to share two tapas and one full-sized entree.

The tapas we ordered were incredibly delectable. The first one was the Bhel Puri, which was described as the quintessential image of street food. It was served in a shell with a combination of puffed rice, chickpea vermicelli, diced potatoes, chopped shallots, and fresh cilantro. It was topped with sweet and sour chutney. This dish was a like a flavor explosion. It had a nutty texture to it because of the peanuts, which complemented the puffed rice and veggies. I absolutely loved this dish.

We also had the spicy tofu that was listed on the menu as a vegan's dream come true! And that it was. It was just tofu and plum tomatoes in a spicy chili sauce with black mustard seeds. I found it sweet, yet spicy -- a great combination.

Next, we had the entree. As we mentioned we were splitting the entree, they were kind enough to bring us separate plates with separate orders of rice and vegetables, which came with the dish. The entree was the Dhingri Mattar, which was a yellow curry with mushrooms and peas. It was pretty tasty though not as spicy as I had requested. But, they kindly brought me some fresh jalapenos, which fixed that pretty quickly.  The Roti was also vegan and very tasty.

Even though the drinks were way too strong, the service and food were great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Heritage India
1337 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3120

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