Indigo Deli Comes To Koregaon Park
The Caption might dazzle you a bit, but the next two lines are here to justify my statement.
Why Closer? Indigo Deli has a new address which is now in Koregaon Park, much closer than the previous one at Phoenix. Buh-Bye Nagar road traffic, I am literally hitting this outlet every single time henceforth.
How Better? I have never been a fan of dining inside a Mall. The food at Indigo Deli is class apart and an improvisation there is definitely not called for. So the word ‘Better’ essentially signifies the ambience. The new outlet is one multiplied by two times better. The walls are no more brick but lined with French windows. With the sun shining bright and a cup of their Single Origin Brazilian Coffee, I’m much happier.
The menu remains pretty much on the same lines but here’s a list of dishes that I have grown fond of post my recent stint.
1. Crispy Chicken with the Works and Wicked Sauce (4/5)
The burger of the Kings I say, both in terms of taste and pricing. The dish is a mélange of perfect midnight cravings – chicken, onion rings, french fries, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar and fried onion. Finishing this whole burger is a feat and comes with an underlying warning that you MAY not be able to gorge on anything else. So sharing is highly recommended.
2. Lasagna (5/5)
One of my favorite forms of Pasta and there are very few places which do justice to this. If you can feed me eggplant in any form, you are already a winner. The vegetarian dish is layered with pasta sheets, eggplants, tomato with basil pesto and oodles of Scarmoza (Italian Cow’s milk cheese). Adequately cheesy, creamy and yet not bland.
3. Wafer Thin Pizza (5/5)
This is not new but will forever remain on my list of recommendations at the Deli. The pizza at Indigo Deli has an identity of its own. That crumbly crust gets me everytime, one of the only pizzas which you can never consume by slices. The Three Cheese and Pepper Pizza continues to rule the vegetarian front while the BBQ Chicken is equally good to experience some meatiness.
4. White Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream (5/5)
Homemade icecreams at the Deli are my second most sought after dish after Pizzas. There is a huge range for you to pick and this time I experimented with white chocolate. This one totally nails it for a non dark chocolate range. You can’t miss this people.
5. Blueberry Cheesecake (4/5)
All those who are always prowling in search of the best cheesecakes in the city, you could definitely hit this place. The dessert spread at the Deli is equally commendable and the cheesecake lives up to the brand.
Here’s a dose of all the other yumminess that we gorged on –
1. Curried Lentil Soup with an Emmental Melt
The soup is just soup, nothing exceptional. Emmental is a form of Swiss cheese which is a yellow semi-hard swiss cheese. Ditch the technicality and do not judge. No cheese is bad and especially if tucked between warm slices of bread. Gooey much!
A refreshing fruity salad for a change. An exotic array on the plate with kale, fennel, apple batons, dried cranberries, feta and candied walnut. The dried cranberries in particular lend a sweet touch. A good try.
3. Spinach Risotto
As much as I dig Lasagnas I avoid risottos. The concept of this form of pasta has been difficult to digest over a long period of time. Many stints, but none have impressed me enough. The risotto here at the Deli could have been better – loaded with charred corn, crumbled feta, spiced candied pecan and caramelized onions. A little creamier or perhaps more focus on the caramelized onion was needed.
4. Crispy Chicken Chimichuri in a Chive Waffle
Firstly I am a sucker for waffles and nothing excites me more than a savory one. The crispy chicken was one of the best that you could have, simply marvelous cooking. The chive waffle has enhanced flavors and great texture. The chimichuri sauce however fell short, and that was meant literally. The dish overall seemed a little dry and you will need some sort of dip to finish this. But this one can be tried just for that delicious chicken.
5. Lemon Oregano Spiced Black Seabass
A good dish. The fish chunk was high on flavor and had a very earthy touch. However, that on a bed of saffron barley and grilled beans does not add much to the dish.
6. Lemon Meringue Pie
A pretty dessert highly recommended for those fond of the sour touch. This one is not for my palate but I did try like a few spoonfuls just for the sheer beauty it exudes.
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Carpe Diem on behalf of Indigo Deli. A huge shoutout to Svetlana Savant and Chef Tushar Deshpande for always being such warm hosts. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.