Concentrated Indian flavors require a palate cleanser

When I go out to eat at an Indian restaurant, I end up feeling very full and slightly amnesiac. There was probably a saag paneer here, a chicken dish there and maybe, just maybe, chai. I noticed that people might disagree with my experiences since this Slate journalist loves saag paneer.

Small plates are becoming more popular in Indian cuisine, including in New York City’s Little India with Graffiti (Thanks for the pointer, Eileen!). D.C. is a part of the bandwagon, too. I was worried that the small plates would bring similar flavors to my previous experiences, but the small plates couldn’t have been more different. That’s a good thing. I would recommend drinking tea to wash it all down, though. The flavors are really strong.

Indique Heights

The small plates option is available from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., every day of the week. I went there on a recent Saturday afternoon, and I found the place devoid of clientele. Hostess Jillian Justice said that the lack of patrons was because later times and weekdays invite larger crowds.

The Executive Chef, Silvaraman Balamurugan, was my bartender that afternoon, so I asked him about the pairings I could combine with the dishes I ordered. He suggested a tamarind margarita because it’s hot and sweet and would match the tamarind flavor in the dishes I ordered. He also suggested a drink called hot passion, which features jalapeño and passion fruit flavors.

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