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Indique review

smokey | Mar 29, 2005 08:00 AM

Had a great meal at Indique ~2 weeks ago on a Sat. night with three others. Arrived on time and were promptly seated.

Ordered apps while considering the rest of the menu. Three definite winners--crak tikki (Indian-inspired crab cakes), Calamari Ullarthiyathe (spicy calamari dish, not like anything I had had at an Indian restaurant before, very little sense of how 'authentic' it was, although that's clearly not the goal of Indique's food), and one other dish I admit I can't remember now (apologies). One good, but it was something I've never ordered before (here or otherwise), so very little to compare it to--chaat papri. One dud--aloo tikki? The menu description from the internet doesn't even sound like what we received--leaden, not very flavorful potato pancakes.

Entrees were well received, although I can only comment on mine specifically because i didn't try the others. I had the Meen Porichathe. Tender, flavorful fish-o'-the day cooked in a banana leaf with a yummy, gingery topping. Not very exotic (I've made something very similar at home), but nice flavors. SO had Chicken Chettinad, which was described by all as *very* spicy, great flavors. Somebody else had the tandoor lamb chops, which were also much lauded by all (very good spicing, perfectly cooked, enjoyed even by SO who generally doesn't like lamb). Finally, somebody felt we needed to have an order of Chicken Tikka Makhani as a sort of standard bearer, a baseline through which to judge an Indian restaurant. Per the reports of others, it was a competitor in that category, full flavored and enjoyable.

Two beers and three glasses of wine later, the total with tip was basically $50/person. Certainly more expensive than your average Indian restaurant, but also much better than your average Indian restaurant. The menu has more than just the N. Indian or S. Indian standbys and I thought the spicing was really good throughout. Service was better this time than the last time I went, although it continues to be below the level one might expect for the prices charged.

All in all, a very good meal.


P.S. Went across the street for dessert (I love Ann Amernick's desserts!). If you're a cakey brownie fan, her brownies are right up your alley. I still love the chocolate demayo cake, it's probably my favorite.

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