Heritage India, a pretty swanky looking restaurant with one location just south of Dupont Circle and a second a few blocks north of Georgetown, is not a place you’d expect to find cheap food. A quick look at the menu confirms this: chicken tikka masala will run you $16, lamb vindaloo costs $18. But on my visit to Heritage India last Friday, dinner for three cost about $30, or just $10 a person. The secret–just like for sushi– is to go during happy hour.
From 5-7 o’clock each day, Heritage India offers 2 tapas for the price of 1, cutting the price in half from the original $5-$7 per plate. The restaurant features an extensive tapas menu, with both a traditional-Indian section and an east-meets-west variation, meaning you’re unlikely to run out of new plates to try after only 1 or 2 visits. These aren’t tiny portions either: 6 dishes were more than enough for the three of us. You won’t get a better value at many places in the district.
Our advice: favor the vegetarian options over the chicken tapas. We tried a number of vegetarian dishes, including the old standbys of samosas and pakoras, and they were delicious, often with a good amount of spice. The chicken, on the other hand, tended toward the bland side. The dishes weren’t bad, but your money is definitely better spent on their large variety of veggie choices. So grab a couple friends, head on over after work, and take advantage of one of the better food deals in DC!