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23.04.2010

We never thought Indigo could give us the blues, especially on a sunny afternoon. But the new Indigo Deli at Palladium during Sunday brunch was - to put it mildly – a mess. Resentful patrons waited endlessly for tables, orders got mixed up, and members of the harried wait staff looked like they were about to burst into tears.

We hoped our experience would be better, but no such luck– our server warned us that the food would take at least 45 minutes to process. “The kitchen’s in a mess,” he confessed miserably. If it wasn’t for this review, we would have left too.

Hell’s Kitchen

We were seated in the outdoor section and promised an inside table “as soon as one opened up.” As we waited – over fifteen minutes – for menus, the nearby table erupted in a fit of indignation. Hotdogs for the kids had arrived slathered with mustard, despite strict instructions. Irate mums staged a dramatic walk out, taking their brood to McDonalds instead.

We hoped our experience would be better, but no such luck– our server warned us that the food would take at least 45 minutes to process. “The kitchen’s in a mess,” he confessed miserably. If it wasn’t for this review, we would have left too.

By the time we scored a table inside, we were seething. Our chilli cheese toast, however – made sunny and flavorful with Cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeños, bell peppers and onions – went a long way in lifting our mood. 

Better Late…

All the reasons why we love Indigo Deli came flooding back as we dug in: an awesome beef burger and a newly introduced salmon version, lighter and lemony, topped by coconut and cucumber slaw; a burly sandwich of roast vegetables, Swiss cheese, spinach and tomato paste; thin-crusted signature pizzas; silky mushroom risotto.

We also liked creamy chicken and tuna fish tartlets that were served at a pre-opening tasting last week, along with refreshingly cold gazpacho and passable ravioli. Stay away from the potato and jalapeno burger though, with its overwhelmingly crusty, corn-studded exterior.

The dessert selection is sweet, including homemade ice cream and cookies, pucker-ish lemon tarts and a mean whisky-infused chocolate pate. We suggest though, that you get the peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead: two sinful slices of eggy French toast slathered with chocolate, it’s the best kind of Sunday dish.

Keeping Score

So yes, the new Indigo Deli, manned by chef Rodney Kabral under JD, is as good as the first one. In fact, with its larger space, swooping wooden ceilings, open kitchen and expanded menu (incorporating popular dishes from Deli and Indigo Café in Andheri), it might even be better. Just remember not to go for Sunday brunch, and you’re golden.

Getting there: Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, call 24986262, Rs 1,500 for a meal for two without alcohol.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

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