I enter Indigo Deli and the vibes here already tell me that this is the start of something beautiful! The 11 year old brand from Mumbai renowned for comfort food with creative twists enters Pune to give you an enthralling experience.
I was recently invited by Carpe Diem for an exclusive tasting at the Deli. A huge thanks to Svetlana Savant for being a great host for the evening and Chef Tushar Deshpande for delighting my senses with his culinary finesse.
A high-end restaurant with a classical setting and alluring food at its disposal, this place has carved a niche of its own in the city. Indigo Deli should be on your list to celebrate your favorite days or just the joy of great food. Experience it and you know that the buzz about Indigo Deli is all verity and not mere puffery.
The Deli Ambience (4/5)
The restaurant expands over 3200 sqft and can accommodate upto 90+ Patrons. The innovative concept of the ‘Open Kitchen’ is delightful and satisfying at the same time. The mix of wooden and dim lightings sets the mood for that ‘peaceful dinner’ with meaningful conversations. An impressive collection of wines and collectibles is on display, now that’s some view!
The Deli Menu (4/5)
The menu is colossal and inviting. The menu is inclusive of VAT yet the bill does burn a hole in your pocket. Although the quality offered justifies the pricing to a considerable extent, please expect ‘Fine Dine’ in the literal sense here!
They have a very expansive menu, vast enough to surpass the dictionary meaning of a Deli. From great breakfast options to salads, sandwiches to mains and a bevy of interesting beverages – Indigo Deli serves it all. Also, they excel at “Italian” cuisine, a great option for those who dig pastas and pizzas. The Dessert Menu is extraordinary – in appearance and taste. The variety is large enough to spoil as well as bewilder you, choosing the dessert pick for the night is not just another decision at the Deli!
3 smoked pepper & 3 cheese pizza
Truffle Eggs Divinity
Saffron Pappardelle with Lamb Bolognese
Chermula marinated Grilled Tiger Prawns
Strawberry & Mascarpone Tart
Dulce De Leche Ice Cream
Here’s a look at what dining at the Deli was like –
Smoked tomato, herbed croutons & chive sour cream (4/5)
A perfect appetizer to begin with. Loved how they used chives to lend a subtle touch to the good old tomato soup! Also, I am a big fan of anything ‘smoked’, that rustic odour is to die for!
BBQ Chicken & 3 Cheese Pizza (4/5)
There are pan pizzas, deep dish, thin crust and then you have the Indigo Deli Pizza. The pizza crust is literally as light as air! Though it tends to crumble a little, the pizza tastes magnificient. The Three Smoked Pepper & Three Cheese Pizza was scrumptious beyond words. Getting scamorza, mozzarella and cheddar on a single plate makes you swoon. It definitely outdid the BBQ Chicken version. A Must Have Option when dining at the Deli. #HighlyRecommended
Risotto of wild mushrooms (3/5)
To be honest, the risotto wasn’t ‘wow’! The overly creamy base feels a little ‘blah’ after a few helpings. The mushrooms had a great flavor which was not truly in sync with the dish. A satisfactory item when compared to the other offerings at the Deli.
Truffle Eggs Divinity (4/5)
One of a kind preparation. Scrambled eggs layered with creamed spinach, potato roesti, & shaved truffles. The mornay sauce, which is a version of the cheesy béchamel adds the zing to this piece of culinary art. A great option for breakfast or brunch. This version of scrambled eggs is truly meant for royalty #HighlyRecommended
Saffron Pappardelle with Lamb Bolognese (5/5)
Star dish of the night. One of the best versions of lamb bolognese that I have tried in the city. Combining it with the pappardelle, it makes an impressive combination. #HighlyRecommended
Deli roast chicken (2.5/5)
Served with mashed potatoes and roasted onions on the side, the dish failed to leave a mark. The roasted chicken was slightly overdone making the meat dry and elastic. A minor let down amidst the other glorious dishes served.
Chermula marinated grilled tiger prawns (4/5)
Plus One just for the humungous sized tiger prawns which were cooked to perfection. The dish was exotic to look at. Although I am not a fan of couscous, the combination game was on point in this dish.
Teriyaki glazed salmon (4/5)
A huge chunk of salmon perfectly cooked and served on a bed of saffron pilaf and roasted vegetables and topped with plum sauce. It’s the perfect answer to all your seafood cravings. Go for it, salmon lovers.
Seasonal Strawberry and mascarpone tart (4/5)
The strawberry was so ripe and fresh that they seemed right off the farms! The tart had the perfect crumble and the cream cheese whip was so balanced, your palate’s scale can’t deny it! #HighlyRecommended for those who like the fruity touch to their desserts.
Hazelnut crouqant with Nilgiri vanilla Ice cream (4/5)
Croquant is french for ‘crunchy’ and this dessert was all of it- to the core. A very unique combination and a beauty to look at. #MustTry
HomeMade Icecreams (5/5)
Indigo Deli makes their ice creams in-house and the flavors that they spin can give a lot of ice cream parlours a run for their money. The ‘Dulce De Leche’ is an incredible version of the caramel flavor. Also, the ‘White Chocolate & Cherry’ and ‘Blueberry & Mint’ are not to be missed!
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Carpe Diem on behalf of Indigo Deli. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.