Fellow Hound Louise and I dined at Indique for lunch yesterday, and were distinctly, and disappointingly, underwhelmed. The menu (see link) is much more limited at lunch. Many of the more delicious items that I had recalled from prior carry-out dinners were not available. And there were no more than 10 or so diners present at any time. It's a very calm lunch scene -- which is to say there's not much of a scene there at all (especially compared to the dinner scene). That's fine -- we weren't looking for a scene. But as the meal went on, we wondered whether the reason Indique is so quiet at lunch is that lunch is not the restaurant's strong suit.
A salmon tikki appetizer was undistinguished. A chicken oothapam was much better. The lamb korma and Saag Makai were perfectly ok, but standard-issue. A kidney-bean soup was fair-to-good.
The best items, frankly, were the dal and naan that were served with the entrees -- very, very good.
This meal did not hold a candle to the carry-out meals that I've had from Indique, and from Bombay Bistro, for dinner, when both restaurants can hit real highs of creativity and distinction. I get the sense that the kitchen at dinner is simply a different operation altogether.
I'm really hoping that this was merely a case of a restaurant that does not focus on lunch, rather than the sign of a broader slippage. Has anyone else been for lunch? Or *recently* for dinner?