We had a wonderful meal at Indigo Indian Bistro earlier this evening. Many of the staff -- a most welcoming, polite and professional group -- hail from Utsav, in Vernon, and the Bistro opened just last Saturday. The restaurant is located in the ShopRite Plaza on Spencer Street in Manchester, Connecticut, next to a pizza shop, and while IndiGo awaits its exterior sign, it is well worth seeking out.
After a warm welcome, we started out with the Gobi Manchurian and Tandoori Chicken (though the former is listed as an entree). The Gobi Manchurian complemented the chicken beautifully, featuring a nice blend of sweetness and a hint of follow-along spice, and will make a cauliflower lover out of anyone! The Tandoori Chicken, in turn, was probably the best we have had (among many, many examples through the years) -- flavorful, juicy and meaty.
The entrees were similarly terrific, with a rich Chicken Tikka Masala and piquant Aloo Gobi pleasing all. The Chicken Vindaloo, meanwhile, was particularly stellar -- impressively hot and spicy with a hearty, flavorful base -- setting off the Aloo Paratha and basmati rice wonderfully.
Finishing up, the desert highlight was an artful confection called a Chocolate Somosa, which disappeared quickly under an assault of spoons and forks.
We will be back soon and hope to see our fellow chowhounds embrace another worthy addition to Northern Connecticut's collection of eating venues.
IndiGo Indian Bistro
232 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040
391 Main St, Hartford, CT 06106