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WHEN INDIGO, ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST NOTABLE FINE-DINING RESTAURANTS COMES TO DELHI
did go for the launch which happened over a brunch, some great company and
brilliant live music and I was pretty impressed with the space, so decided to
go back another day to try the food the way it’s meant to be in a restaurant,
sitting down and ordering from the menu, so between my travels I ended up going
there on a Saturday with my family, luckily I had made a reservation (making a
reservation is something that my travels has taught…but we will take on that
another day) as the place was packed…it seemed that Delhi’s new Food &
Nightlife destination had arrived!
the Indigo in Mumbai prospers on its old-world charm, the Indigo in New Delhi
is modern and generously spaced, with clean lines that stunningly blend glass,
steel grey, wood and green creating a place that is sleek. Options areaplenty one can either melt into a chair and
soak in the al fresco atmosphere offers striking views of the water fountain,
hang out at the tastefully designed trendy cocktail bar that also opens on to
the deck, with your favourite cocktail, or then settle down to a languid meal
in the area dedicated to dining. During the day, the large windows flood the
room with sunlight while the evening allows an ideal atmosphere for an intimate
candlelight experience. Here’s a space transformed and morphed so ingeniously;
the ‘out of city’ feel gives the space an edge over the others so as to embark
on a crusade to taste simple plates of food.
Shitake & Chestnut Gyoza with Seared Tofu
We settled in at the lounge bar
first with a glass of wine and some bar snacks before moving into the dining area.
Spinach & Cheddar Macaroni Lasagne
Menu celebrates flavours and styles of Modern European cuisine which are
modern-day in construction, bearing distinct Asian influences, interpreted in
an original and innovative way but never forgetting that good produce is at the
heart of the best food. Executive Chef Nitin Kulkarni amalgamates international
culinary trends and new style cooking marrying unique blend of ingredients with
an array of innovative creations. The chef encourages an improved lifestyle and
has established a network of organic and natural farmers to procure local
produce and meats with a strong focus towards what’s best , seasonal products
are given a new look, channelled by merging striking flavours and interesting combination
of foods rarely prepared together.
Potato crusted Rawas
favourites from Indigo in Mumbai such as the ‘Beer and cheddar soufflé’ and the
‘Chicken Caesar salad’ share space with the ‘Cinnamon spiced grilled quail with
quail biryani’ and ‘Potato crusted rawas with Kairi curry’ from the prized
menus that positioned the restaurant on the global culinary map. Yes there are
enough vegetarian offerings which are equally commendable.
Truffle mascarpone polenta
For example my ‘truffle
mascarpone polenta, textures of vegetables with arugula sauce’ was beautiful and
just the way it reads. I loved my Rawas, cooked to perfection and served with ginger
and carrot puree, crunchy baby spinach and delicious tangy sweet raw mango
sauce. My daughter settled in for a ‘tandoor roasted jerk chicken’, which I too
dug into …was perfect with fork mashed scallion potatoes, ginger broccoli and
jus! Hubby didn’t want to share his Medallions as he just loved the dish and
true enough; his plate had no morsel left. Share your desserts as all are gratifying. And
for someone like me who is always trying to lose weight (hazards of being a
food writer) there is also the ‘Warm sugar-free chocolate tart with orange
sorbet and orange butter’, which is designed to hit the spot. Sumptuous
offerings here focus on taste without forgoing the presentation. The inspired
fare is balanced and amplified by one of the best wine lists that I have seen. The
restaurant indeed has all perfect ingredients for a great dining experience!
One Golden Mile, Netaji Nagar, Bhikaji Cama Place.
Lunch 12 noon to 3:30 PM, Dinner 7:30 PM to 12:30 PM
for Two: INR 5000 approx.
the upper level is the grand private dining facility, open to sky, which can be
booked for banquets and private functions.