We were keen to check out Indigo, a bright and cheerful restaurant that has opened up next door to Rich Mix cinema. Rich Mix is one of our favourite places, with a great line up of comedy, music and independent cinema.
First impressions of Indigo were good, loved the light and airy space.
We kicked things off with a mango lassi. Our first ones were a bit pale and anaemic, but our second ones seemed to have about 50% more mango which was better.
Starters came from the street food section. I went for pav bhaji which is a spicy vegetable curry served with toasted bread. I found the curry to be a bit too tomato-ey which made it a bit one dimensional. I would have liked it if they had served it with the butter on the side so I could determine how buttery my bread was and also if it had more fresh onion on the side so I could pep it up.
J had ordered the Aloo Tikki Ragda, crisp potato cakes made with ginger, onion, cumin and coriander and served with a tamarind sauce, but ended up getting a mishmash of two dishes of Aloo Tikki Ragda and Channa Poori. He was expecting crisp exterior and soft centre potato cakes, but instead got soggy potato cakes as they were smothered in chickpeas curry. Not sure what possessed the kitchen to do this. Each of them would have probably been good on its own but not together. Also, the channa masala had a strong bias towards tomato and could not taste the traditional spices and chilli notes. It was pleasant overall to eat with the tamarind sauce but nothing to write home about.
We thought we would try the Bindi fries, expecting them to be crispy and have a nice balance of spices in the batter. They sadly were greasy, and had a chewy batter not crisp, and was bland as there were no cumin or spices in the batter.
For mains we both opted for curries, I had the Kashmiri lamb, which had tender chunks of lamb and good spicing. J got the Adraki chicken, which again had a good quantity of tender meat. However both curries suffered from being too oily, which I was surprised by, as Indigo bills itself as being healthy Indian food. The standout dish was the peshwari naan, naan stuffed with sweet coconut, that was deliciously moreish. I could have had another portion for dessert!
If you wish for icecream for dessert, they have a good selection of Movenpick icecreams.
Sadly for us, Indigo didn’t quite live up to expectations. For good Indian food in Shoreditch, I would check out Dhaba Lane or Dishoom instead.
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