When we heard that Indigo Delicatessen had opened its sixth outpost in Malad, we could not resist dropping by. We headed there with great expectations. Accompanied by two foodies — one who swears by all things edible, but is not that easy to please and the other who is reluctant to appreciate anything that is remotely substandard in his discerning eyes — courtesy time spent abroad.
What we discovered?
Indigo Deli’s latest outpost has a 60-seater, all-day eatery has seating that features diner style booths and tables with a clear view of the spacious open kitchen. Guests can drop in at the Deli Shop and stock up on in-house baked goodies, meats and cheeses, condiments, coffees, teas and take-away salads. Baked treats including buttery croissants, bagels, tea cakes, baguettes, lavash and breadsticks for dips to tropical fruit pies and tarts, Danish pastries, gateaux and made-to-order cookies. Also, up for grabs are an artisanal range of jams, preserves and other condiments.
Food: Along with its regular favourites, the Malad outpost like its predecessors will also have a Daily Specials Menu which is unique to this outlet and will change everyday. We dropped by on a Thursday evening, and sampled a mix of both the specials and regular favourites. For starters we tried the Indigo Deli Reuben (Rs 585) which is prepared with an in-house-cured pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, grilled in rye bread with 1,000-island dressing, with a gherkin on top. This sandwich scores on taste and quantity. We also tried and polished off the Deli BBQ pork ribs with buttered cornbread (Rs 665). It’s rib tickling good. The cornbread was the perfect accompaniment to the dish, with its sweet taste and soft centre that helped you polish off the Bbq sauce and the ribs.
The Risotto of roasted garlic, creamed spinach and bhavnagri fritters (Rs 585) from the Day’s Specials was given an Indian twist, which actually complements the dish without taking away anything from it. The bhavnagri fritters give the creamy sauce that extra kick and heat that enhances the flavour of what would otherwise be a bland white sauce. The Mixed berry caipirojca (Rs 465) was refreshing while the Banana and cinnamon smoothie (Rs 315) was comforting. The Crème brulee...365 Flamed with Sambuca? (Rs 415) is a meal in itself and should probably be shared by more than four people. Also, the quantity of Sambuca should be toned down as it overpowers the subtleness of the Creme Brulee, losing its original flavour. The Pecan pie (Rs 415) is a perfect winter dessert that is definitely a must-try.
Ambience and service: This New-York Style eatery has IndigoDeli’s signature palate of wood finishes with copper accents and lighting. The staff is polite and quick with the orders.
Overall experience: Definitely, worth checking out. We will be back for the ribs. A word of caution, the portion sizes are huge so make sure you head there with a friend so you can do justice to it.
When: Mon-Sun, 10 am to 1 am
Where: Indigo Delicatessen, Inorbit Mall, Malad (W)