Indigo Deli – Dial ‘I’ for an Incredible Experience

Launched in 2005, Indigo Deli has defined the quintessential deli experience in India over the years. With accolades and awards, and many a ‘firsts’ along the way, a tradition of over 11 years of delighting patrons, now finds its home in Pune’s shopping and entertainment hub, Phoenix Marketcity at Viman Nagar.

This 92 seater, sprawling across 3200 sq. ft. is divided seamlessly across the bar and dining spaces with a show kitchen, as an interactive focal point. Precision of geometry has always been a consistent feature across the restaurants and this theme is re-interpreted to give Indigo Deli, Phoenix Marketcity, Pune its own character and sense of place.

The mood and the ambience of the restaurant is enhanced by the warm material palette which is a combination of rustic browns with warm lighting. Known mainly for its delicious wholesome food, innovative beverages and warm and friendly hospitality, the Deli will now have a new dimension of a lively bar laced with weekend live entertainment.

So when #TheBTeam got a call to cover their menu, it was a unanimous yell of “Let’s Indi-Go!!!” ;-)

Soup

Corn and Potato Chowder – The plate was served to us with the chowder made with potato, oats and crushed corn already plated however the hot soup was poured right in front of our eyes. Portion size looked quite tiny but was filling – after all, corn, oats and potatoes are all starchy. Delicious flavors too!! #DeliciousDelicious

I also tried a shake – Cookies, Vanilla Ice Cream and Oreo [Rs. 225] – which had some good flavors of Oreo and nice crunch of the cookies. Deliciously thick and creamy!! #YumYum

Salads

In salads, I tried the Red Wine Poached Pear Salad [Rs. 485]. Made with arugula, caramelized gorgonzola, spiced pecans and wine reduction, it looked pretty as a peach. Er, pear. However the cheese flavor was overpowering and kind of off-putting.

The Deli House Salad [Rs. 545] consisted of house cured salmon, poached lobster, green beans, baby potatoes, caper berries, olives, boiled egg, lettuce, plum tomatoes with oregano vinaigrette. Phew, what a long list of ingredients. Was a bit skeptical about the taste, considering there were ample opportunities for the flavors to conflict but rather loved the fresh greens and the poached lobster was delicious!! #YumYum #HighlyRecommended

Wafer Thin Pizzas

Since we had quite a list of dishes yet to try, we opted to sample both pizzas half-and-half. The 3 Smoked Pepper and 3 Cheese [Rs. 545] with red, yellow and bhavnagari peppers and cheddar, scamorza and fresh mozzarella cheese was absolutely delicious!!! The BBQ Chicken and Cheddar [Rs. 625] too was a good preparation however I would highly recommend the 3 pepper and cheese pizza!! #YumYum #HighlyRecommended

And the pizzas were exactly as advertised. There are regular crust pizzas and thin crust pizzas and then there is the wafer thin variety. Have never seen a pizza base this thin and yet sturdy enough to hold all the toppings without crumbling under the weight.

Middle Course

Next up were the Beer Battered Cajun Prawns served with apple cilantro dip and scallions [Rs. 385]. Nice crunchy exterior – thanks to the beer batter and such perfectly cooked prawns. Quite literally an OMG moment!! This sits right up there on my list of kick-ass prawn dishes along with the Prawns in Mustard Sauce at Effy. #YumYum #HighlyRecommended

The Tossed Mushrooms with Basil too had a nice crunchy exterior and was soft inside. The use of soda in the batter gave a nice effervescence to the whole dish but overall was too salty for my palate.

Mains

For mains, I opted for the 3 Cheese Risotto with wilted spinach, grilled squash and spiced pecan crumble [Rs. 465]. Nice al dente Arborio rice, good flavors of the 3 cheeses (mascarpone and parmesan inside and crumbled feta on top). Lovely crunch of the candied pecans. Polished the dish off within minutes. #DeliciousDelicious

Desserts

It is said that “Life is too short, eat desserts first”. Well, we should have followed that adage at Indigo. Coz by the time the desserts rolled in, we were already too stuffed [like a turkey on Thanksgiving!! ;-)].

But after all, we are dessert people, we have an image to maintain. No dessert shall be deserted if served to us!!

The Whisky Pate was a dense chocolate cake soaked in whisky [Duh!! Didn’t the name give it away??]. The use of dark chocolate gave it a strong bitter taste which I personally loved!! #DeliciousDelicious

Also tried a bite of the Chocolate Almond Layered Cake [Rs. 385] which was as sinful as expected.

The Kinky Suzette [Rs. 495] was a sundae made with French toast doused in dulche de leche, caramelized orange, dulche de leche and vanilla ice creams, hot fudge, fresh cream, spiced pecans and bitter orange marmalade. So much going on in one plate yet could make out almost all flavors distinctly. However couldn’t find [or taste] the French toast in the melee.

But the winner for me was the decadent Black Forest [Rs. 485] which had chocolate brownie, vanilla and chocolate ice creams, sour cherries, duo of dark and white fudge, Oreo cookies, marshmallows and maraschino cherries. #ChocoHeavenInABowl

The chef also insisted we try some of their homemade ice creams [Rs. 150 each]. Belgium Chocolate Truffle, Blueberry Mint, Roasted Hazelnut, Dulce de Leche, Mocha and Caramalized Banana were some of the flavors I spooned. While I rather enjoyed the caramelized banana flavor, the Belgium chocolate truffle was hands down the best!! #ChocoLover #YumYum #HighlyRecommended

A unique feature at the Indigo Delis, including this one, is the daily changing specials menu, which will be curated and designed by the head chef at the outlet. Chef Tushar Deshpande, Sous Chef – Indigo Deli Pune says, “It’s an honour and a challenge to represent this heritage of Indigo Deli, which has been a culinary power house for over a decade, now in a city full of foodies. Absolutely excited about this journey commencing.

So whether they are leisurely weekend family meals, quick afternoon work catch-ups, or an evening of romance for two, even a power-packed night with friends – Indigo Deli, Pune offers a revived dining and bar experience catering to all moods and reasons. So go ahead, #DiscoverYourDeliFavourite

Sure, this place costs a bomb – no doubt about it. But considering the ambiance, the overall experience, which includes top-notch service and usage of the highest quality of ingredients; the price is definitely worth it. #ExperienceItToBelieveIt

The parting gift hamper, comprising of a couple of jams and a bar cake was a surprise and highly appreciated.

A big shout out to Svetlana from Carpe Diem for inviting us and Chef Tushar and Team Indigo for hosting us.

Indigo Deli is located at Phoenix Market City, Viman Nagar.

Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event.

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