Indigo Rich Mix Shoreditch

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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If you wish for icecream for dessert, they have a good selection of Movenpick icecreams.

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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.

Twitter: @Indigodining @RichMixLondon @Movenpick_Ice @DhabaLane @Dishoom

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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