We reach Indigo Delicatessen at Colaba. The reason why we chose this place is because I heard so much about the steaks and the beef burgers and that the beef there is awesome and that I had a crazy Beef craving and coz I love beef and many more reasons that revolve around 'beef' O :) Considering the price tag warning by everyone, I decided to go only after my salary backed up my wallet.
So yes, we reach the place. Had to search for the valet parking guy, gave off the car and the huge door was opened for us. 3 of us, in shorts, and metal tee shirts and so underdressed when compared to the rest of the people dining there. I had a weird assumption that we may get kicked out. Anyways, that didn't happen.
The guy at the entrance suggested us to wait for a while so that he could get us a booth to sit and gobble down whatever food we have, in comfort and with ease. I decided to make good use of the waiting time and started to explore the place. As soon as you get in, towards the left, there's this huge rack filled with cookware. I did wonder why they decided to stack up cookware out of all the things and then realized it was actually a wine rack. May have had at least 10 rows and around 8 columns! The rack was split into two with cookware on 1 half and wine on the other. There's plenty of wood in the decor. , Wooden seating, spacious tables, wooden walls, racks etc. etc. So much of brown and such relaxed lightings. Further inside towards the right side there's this huge cheese counter. Different kinds, mostly international and exotic (That's what they said; I know nothing hence I decide not to comment). Realizing that there's nothing to my interest there (except for the yummy looks of the cheese), I then walk towards the left side. This gave a complete bakery feel, Breads, muffins etc. stacked up in the racks. Super fresh. Opposite to this is another counter, filled with an awesome craving (no not beef), desserts! All such delicious looking pastries, cheese cakes, chocolate cakes, tarts and many more. Dammit, the shine on these cakes just make you drool by watching it. Anyways, the price tag helped me stop drooling. Prices beginning at Rs 285/- and going up to Rs 400/- per slice was kind of ridiculous. When I enquired about the reason why prices are so high, they mentioned that the cheese is exotic and the ingredients are 'gluten-free' etc. Again, kind of like Greek and Latin to me, and walked off. The place had a 1st floor too, maybe around 6 tables there. (Don't remember)
We finally get our booth. Seeing the cushions on the seat I decide to jump onto them. After moments of easing the pain that I experienced, I suggested the others to sit slowly. The waiter then served us water. Going through the menu was such a pain, because the prices did scare. We asked the waiter for suggestions for starters. He basically read through the menu card and we finally decided to go on with some prawns and chicken tikka in olive sauce. Also, he did mention that 'fillet' meant small portion of meat and not fish which kind of kicked us in the head.
Anyways, moving on, the waiter gets us a plate of freshly baked bread. So fresh that it is so soft in between yet you can feel the crunch as you press it. It was served with butter. While feasting that, we ordered 1 Beef Tenderloin burger and 1 beef steak in red wine sauce. Our aim was to try different varieties of dishes; mainly, steak, burgers and pizzas. Many suggested not having pizzas the crust and the toppings do not do justice.
I wanted the pork burger. But then it came with bbq sauce. Since I'm not a fan of bbq sauce, I asked if the cook could maybe substitute it some other sauce or give it without that, to which the answer was no (after checking with the cook). 15 minutes and a phone call later, the starters arrive. The prawns were brilliant. Priced at 600 bucks I was hoping that the portion size wouldn't disappoint, and it didn't. The prawns were nice and big, the perfect crunch and so was the sauce. The other dish, chicken tikka in olive sauce was pretty much a downer. Tasted like those frozen chicken burgers that you get at a store and then pan fry it also, no taste of olive sauce or whatever. Eventually decided to have the chicken with the prawn sauce which was a good choice cause there was then, some flavor.
The 2 main courses were then served (and that's when I realized that I didn't order a substitute for the pork burger). We also asked for an extra topping of bacon and the serving portion was awesome and priced at Rs 165, it wasn't bad at all just that it was surprisingly crisp like bacon papad!
So yea, I noticed that the burger that was served was basically just buns and burger with nothing else inside. No onions, no lettuce, nothing. Oh yes, there was mayo. The burger was served with 3 wedges, some veggies and this weird purple cabbage n raisins mix which is disastrously sweet and bad. The burger was well done and the steak was medium-well done. So the steak was basically the same burger patty but then without the bun. I had a bite of the steak and it tasted insane, the sauce and the mashed potatoes, all well blended in and yumm. I personally have a preference to tender kind of rare meat and hence ordered for a medium rare beef burger. And I did make sure that I got some onions some mushrooms and a sunny-side-up egg with it.
By the time the other two dishes were half done, I get my monster burger. I love to work on my burger and I hate using cutlery to dig in. "A true hard-core messy eater who is ready with a million tissues to wipe of every last bit of food off my face" That's me. It did look awesome. The egg was perfect, the shrooms, nice n soft and the onions caramelized to perfection. I place some of the veggies on the plate into the burger after which, I dig in. I must admit, it was insane. The flavors were all the way in and the meat was tender, brilliant!
After an amazing eat-athon, everyone suggested dessert and I suggested to have cheese cakes from the shop right next to this (saw it during the phone call) called Moshe's. I still regret that option btw. We then asked for the bill.
It was priced perfect except for the burger ordered. Little did I assume that they'd charge 'caramelized onions' at Rs 95/-, the egg at the same price, bringing my already expensive Rs 500 burger to Rs 800! I wouldn't mind saying that it was worth Rs 500, but definitely not 800 bucks. And you get a kilo of onions for like 20bucks. 95 bucks?? Seriously?! So after paying another 800 more as tax we leave to Moshe's for dessert.
So final verdict of Deli is yumm food and priced ok (considering it is not meant to be a middle class person's restaurant). But then charging onions at such a shitty price and serving just 3 wedges (I'm not kidding) was bad.
Would I go again? Well, I'm still exploring Bombay and as of now, the burgers here are the best, until I find the next, I may drop in during the 1st week of the month (salary week) to hog.