Thursday, December 29, 2011

Three-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Heritage India. Both our Georgetown and Dupont Circle locations are hosting a special three-course dinner with unlimited wine, beer, cocktails and a champagne toast.

The warmth of our dining room combined with the tantalizing complexity of our curries promise to create a most memorable experience for you and your special guests. Start the new year on a sumptuous note and call for reservations today. Dupont Circle (202) 331-1414, Georgetown (202) 333-3120.

New Year’s Eve Menu

Appetizer Platter
Cocktail Samosa, Chicken Tikka and Bhelpuri


Meat Eaters
Choice of:
Lamb Rogan Josh
Sag Gosht
Murgh Makhani
Dum Ka Murgh

Choice of:
Dhingri Mattar
Aloo Gobi Masala
Paneer Makhani
Sag Paneer

House Lentils
Navrattan Korma
Zaffrani Pillau Rice
Garlic Nan or Lacha Parantha

Choice of:
Shahi Tukra
Gulab Jamoon

The above menu also includes unlimited house red or white wines and a sparkling wine toast to the new year. For the non-wine drinkers, domestic beers, draft beers and house cocktails are available.

Buy tickets through the Capitol Deal for just $75 per person.

Dinner package price is exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Should you prefer a la carte selections off our regular menu, you are most welcome to that option.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life

For Appetizer Variety ...

aloo tikki


Almost everyone likes samosas, India’s best known street food.

For a variation on the theme, consider aloo tikki. These pear-shaped cakes are made with a spicy potato filling similar to samosas. They are served with curried chickpeas (chana masala) topped with yogurt and tamarind chutney.

Though not indigenous to India, calamari is another appetizer that Heritage India guests often order. We sauté this American favorite with tomatoes, coconut and lemon to infuse it with Indian flavors.

For Entrée Variety ...

If you like vegetarian tomato curries, you’ve probably ordered paneer makhani, fresh cottage cheese in a smooth tomato sauce. (Hint: it’s not printed on the menu at Heritage India Dupont Circle, but it is available by request.)

makhmali kofta

Guests at our Georgetown restaurant can try makhmali kofta for variety. Described as vegetable dumplings in a velvety tomato sauce, the dish is made with potatoes, cheese and raisins formed into balls. (This makes us trendy in a solidly traditional way. Our classic ball-shaped foods click with Zagat’s assessment of 2011 dining trends.)

For non-vegetarian entrées, most curries can mix and match with most meats. Pair chicken with the curried spinach sauce in sag gosht. Opt for chicken korma instead of lamb. Make it a shrimp tikka masala or a chicken vindaloo. Instead of Goa fish curry, order it with prawns. Let your taste buds guide you to a new flavor combination.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Don’t Drink and Drive. Call SoberRide.

We encourage responsible celebrations during the holiday season. If you overdo it, please don’t drive. Call SoberRide for a free taxi trip home. Phone 800-200-8294 or #8294 (TAXI) from AT&T phones. The service is available from 10 pm to 6 am through Jan. 1.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Hours (Timings)

Heritage India Georgetown and Heritage Asia
Dec. 24: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 25: Closed for lunch and open for dinner
Jan. 1: Closed for lunch and open for dinner

Heritage India Dupont Circle
Dec. 24: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 25: Open for lunch and dinner
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve three-course dinner
Jan. 1: Closed for lunch and open for dinner

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Full Bar Now Open at Heritage India Dupont Circle

The full bar at Heritage India Dupont Circle has re-opened as of Dec. 22. Our menu of wine, beer and cocktails is available during lunch, happy hour and dinner. We sincerely look forward to serving you again. At the same time, we reiterate our pledge to cooperate with the police department and city officials to ensure the safety of the dining public.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Indian and Tex-Mex Delivery from Dupont Circle

Heritage India now offers delivery from our Dupont Circle restaurant. Now you can enjoy all those Hawker Zone street foods and Spice Route fusion small plates from home, in addition to the entrée curries and Tandoori specialties. To order, view the Dupont Circle menu then phone (202) 331-1414.

Delivery is also available from our Tex-Mex restaurant, Fiesta. If your taste buds are asking for Southwestern flavors, Fiesta is the answer. Fiesta serves Latin-inspired and Continental tapas as well as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and other Mexican classics. To order, view the menu then phone (202) 659-1544.

Dupont Circle delivery service operates nightly during dinnertime hours.

When visiting the Heritage India website, please keep in mind that the online ordering system is only for our two Georgetown restaurants, Heritage India and Heritage Asia Thai Bistro. Georgetown-area guests who live within our two-mile delivery radius are encouraged to place online orders.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 17-24

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartender’s Specials

Pomegranate Champagne
Voted among the top 5 cocktails for winter, this blend of pomegranate juice, peach nectar, Grand Marnier and champagne invites you to sit back and enjoy the holiday season.

All our specials this week are from Nepal, India’s friendly neighbor.


Nepalese chicken momos

Steamed chicken dumplings with a spicy tomato chutney


Kukhura Ko Ledo
A traditional chicken curry, medium spicy

Rayo Ko Saag
A delicious mustard spinach dish tempered with roasted spices

Special Teas

Pomegranate iced tea
Nepalese green tea
- An organic green tea from the foothills of the Himalayas

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gift Certificates with Extra 20% Value

Heritage India and its sister restaurants, Heritage Asia in Georgetown and Fiesta in Dupont Circle, have a valuable gift for you. When you purchase a gift certificate, we’ll add an additional 20% to the value of the certificate. It’s our way of thanking you for sharing our restaurants with someone on your gift list. Gift certificates can be purchased and redeemed at any of our four restaurants. Heritage Asia is located at the same address as Heritage India Georgetown and Fiesta is located at 1327 Connecticut Ave., just a few doors south of Heritage India Dupont Circle. May you and yours have a delicious holiday season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trendy and Traditional

Zagat has posted a look back at the DC dining trends of 2011.

Its first observation is that DC is “still flippin’ over burgers.” Omnivores will delight in these must-try beef burgers popular with everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama on down. At Heritage India Dupont Circle, we’re into burgers, too. Our bar offers a special menu of desi-style burgers ranging from vegetarian creations to chicken and lamb burgers. Just add fries and friends for the perfect happy hour.

Dahi bhalle lentil balls are trendy

Then there’s the “having a ball” trend, as identified by Zagat. The Heritage India menu features several ball-shaped foods, such as dahi bhalle, pictured above. This appetizer-sized small plate is made with lentil balls smothered in yogurt sauce. At our Georgetown restaurant, you’ll find an entrée curry called makhmali kofta, balls of cheese, potato and raisins in a sweet creamy tomato sauce.

We’re unabashedly traditional in our approach to cooking, but apparently we’re of-the-moment as well. Trendy meets traditional on the Heritage India dinner plate. Who knew?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Full Bar Returning Dec. 21

The full bar at Heritage India Dupont Circle will re-open on Dec. 21, 2011. Our menu of wine, beer and cocktails will be available to accompany your meal. We sincerely look forward to serving you again. At the same time, we reiterate our pledge to cooperate with the police department and city officials to ensure the safety of the dining public.

Bread and Spice are Nice

Heritage India Staples Among 2012 Dining Trends


Open Table has forecast the Top Dining Trends for 2012. Trends #2 and #3 speak to the heart and soul of Heritage India:
2. Bread is back
3. Almost everyone likes it hot

#3 refers to spicy food. Yes, indeed, we have some expertise in that area. And, breads? Oh, yeah.

The world-famous Indian nan is crave-worthy, soul-satisfying comfort food at its best. We bake our nan in the traditional Tandoori oven until it reaches the perfect blend of crusty and chewy.

Plain and garlic are our most popular nans. Did you know we also make a variation called kulcha, stuffed with onion, cheese or minced lamb? Other options include a vegan wheat roti bread, a layered bread with butter (lacha parantha), a layered whole wheat bread with fresh mint (pudina parantha), a Peshawari nan with raisins and almonds and layered potato bread (aloo parantha).

Are you imagining that magical feeling in your mouth as you chew on a blissfully warm nan? We don’t blame you.

Click over to Open Table to read the rest of the 2012 dining trends.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 10-17

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Hennessy Ginger
This cool yet warming quencher is a mix of Hennessy cognac, fresh ginger, simple syrup and a splash of ginger ale.


Chicken Samosa
A triangular savory pastry filled with spiced minced chicken.


Reshmi Palak Kabab
Chicken and spinach kebab grilled in the tandoori oven and served with mint yogurt sauce and a small side of house special black lentils.

Vegetable Vindaloo
A traditional curry from Goa, vindaloo is renowned for its fiery heat and spice.

Special Teas

Cranberry iced tea
Hot oolong tea
- originally a Chinese tea and sometimes also referred to as the black dragon tea, oolong has a wonderful woody aroma. Best drunk without milk and with a dash of honey.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Your Generous Support

Heritage India is profoundly grateful to our friends, staff and especially the dining public for your support during these very challenging times. Needless to say, this has been a very draining experience, emotionally and financially.

On the one hand, we draw strength from the many Washingtonians we have gotten to know. It has been our privilege to welcome you into our dining room regularly and greet you by name. Through the years, we’ve had wonderful conversations about your lives, your families and your favorite dishes. We’ve shared graduations, weddings, retirements and seen hundreds of pictures of your trips to India.

We sincerely thank you for the steadfast loyalty and generosity you have shown in recent weeks. We appreciate every one of you who has come to our Dupont Circle dining room knowing the drink menu would be limited to non-alcoholic beverages. This didn’t stop you from filling our dining room with the warmth and camaraderie we have come to cherish.

Others of you have called to place delivery and carry-out orders night after night expressly to show your financial support. When we hear familiar voices making such a personal investment in our wellbeing, we are deeply inspired and comforted.

We couldn’t rebound in a matter of days and re-open to serve you without our hard-working staff. We thank our loyal employees who stood firm through an unforeseen reduction in hours and sprung back into action with the highest degree of professionalism.

Even as we come together and solider on, our business and our employees have been hard hit by the loss of revenue. We have lost income that we need to survive and thrive.

Your continued patronage is critical to our day-to-day finances. We look forward to meeting your special holiday guests and would be pleased to host your party of friends, family and business colleagues for lunch or dinner. Whether an intimate gathering of loved ones or a large office party, it would be our privilege to serve you. Thank you again for your invaluable support and best wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Specials for the Week of Dec. 3-10

Here are the weekly specials at Heritage India Georgetown.

Bartenders Specials

Autumn Sunset
Strawberry-orange iced tea, Grand Marnier, orange vodka and strawberry vodka blended together to make this put your feet up and relax cocktail.


palak ki chaat

Palak ki Chaat
Crispy fresh spinach leaves in a chickpea batter topped with sweet yogurt, tamarind chutney, diced tomatoes and spiced potato.


Mango Shrimp
Shrimp marinated in mango pulp and fresh herbs and spices, then grilled in the Tandoori oven and topped with a dusting of dry mango powder.

Hare Makhmali Kofte
Spinach and cheese dumplings in a lightly spiced creamy tomato sauce.

Special Teas

Mango iced tea
Lavender green hot tea

Friday, December 2, 2011

Heritage India Dupont Circle is Open

Doors open, diners seated for lunch on Dec. 2 .

Heritage India Dupont Circle is open beginning Friday, Dec. 2 and we welcome you to get re-acquainted with your favorite dishes. At present, alcoholic beverages are not available.

We invite you to explore a different pairing and consider options beyond wine, beer and cocktails.

  • Take a journey back in time and sip a classic masala tea
  • Enchant your taste buds and cool your palate with a mango lassi or our new mint lassi
  • Enjoy the delicate flavors of cranberry or mango iced tea

Especially during the holiday season, we cherish meals together with our closest friends, honored guests and respected colleagues. When we dine out, we share a personal experience that’s more memorable than the food and beverages on our table. Specific menu offerings may come and go, but Heritage India is always here to provide a warm, elegant setting for your special time together.

Dupont Circle is open daily for lunch and dinner. Please call (202) 331-1414 for reservations or book through Open Table. Our complete beverage menu appears in the blog post below.

New House Special Lassis and More

Heritage India Dupont Circle introduces a new menu of lassis, teas and non-alcoholic cocktails.

House Special Lassis
Lassi is a traditional chilled beverage from India which is made with yogurt or buttermilk and an assortment of flavorings. This drink is a popular accompaniment to spicy Indian food.

Sweet or salted
Fresh mint
Mango lassi
Pineapple/strawberry or blueberry

House Special Teas

Masala chai
An Indian tea spiced with roasted and ground cardamom, fennel, cinnamon and bay leaf

Green tea
Lavender green tea
Jasmine tea
Honey-pear tea
Sweet orange tea
Mango-peach white tea
Lemon-ginger tea (caffeine-free)
Peppermint tea (caffeine-free)

Water, Juices and Iced Teas

San Pellegrino sparkling water
Panna still water
Cranberry, orange or mango juice
Regular iced tea
Mango iced tea
Pomegranate iced tea
Green iced tea
Orange-lemon iced tea
Orange-strawberry iced tea

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Masala Bloody Mary
Tomato juice, lemon juice and tamarind pulp spiced with rock salt and Worcestershire sauce

Coffee Crush
Shot of espresso, chocolate syrup, milk and simple syrup, blended and dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar