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Wandering Philadelphia – Indeblue review – Surprisingly good!

Over the years, I’ve had the opinion that any restaurant that has XXXXX Fusion cuisine will be a shitty foodie experience. This opinion has been generally validated with a couple exceptions as outliers to the norm. For me, if you can’t master and cook one type of cuisine … what makes you think that creating bullshit like Indeblue review

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will ever make sense? This being said … Indeblue review

What does it take to get people to eat Indian food?

Living in Prince Edward Island … there is no fancy Indian food. There are satisfactory curries that you can get at Papa Joes, Churchill Arms or even the Factory Cookhouse – but they are perfunctory amalgams of what Indian food is about. Here in Philadelphia, there is no difference to the question. Indian food suffers from awful branding … in chatting with foodies of all ethnicities, the consensus is that Indian food is one of the most difficult to get a handle on … over the years, here’s a couple repeat opinions I’ve gotten on Indian food.

  • I’m amazingly open to new food myself, but for some reason, I just can’t do Indian food.
  • I’ve even had ‘good’ Indian food before, and still didn’t care for it too much — just me and my personal taste, not knocking those ethnicities or cultures of course.
  • I am really excited about the opportunity to try new things that I never had access to before.  I would love to try Indian food, but I find myself intimidated by my lack of understanding what anything on the menu is.
  • Indian food is one of those things that people either love or hate. not everything I’ve had I’ve particularly cared for.
  • I’ve always been weary of Indian food, just for the fact that I have no idea what is what when I go to an Indian restaurant. (not that often either, since I don’t know Indian food, yes a vicious cycle).

With this being said … I’m not a huge fan of Indian food on the open market because of the following irrational thoughts …

  • I think I can do it as well
  • I think it’s too expensive
  • I’m afraid of ghee or dairy in my dishes (completely crazy of me)
  • I think the service will be shit or the place will look like a scene from a Geethanjali movie.
  • I think that I’ll come out smelling like a curry bomb

Now opinions aside, I had the opportunity to try one of the fancier Indian restaurants in Philadelphia : IndeBlue. This was through

Where is IndeBlue and what are their opening hours ... click here for more information

Where is IndeBlue and what are their opening hours ... click here for more information

Phone number Indeblue review

(215) 545-4633

Cost  Indeblue review

Average

$50 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

Lunch menu
$30 for two people (approx.)
Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours Indeblue review

Today  11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM
Happy Hours: 5 PM to 7 PM (Mon-Sun), 9 PM to 12 Midnight (Mon-Sun)

Address Indeblue review

205 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

It’s a beautifully appointed space. I was immediately impressed by the decor, ambience and the lighting.

They have an amazing happy hour from 5pm-7pm and then from 8:30pm till close. It is a phenomenal value. I ended up ordering everything off the appetizer menu (sans dairy) for less than 30$

The result was the following (from top left and coming down) : Drums of Heaven, Vegetable samosa chaat, Crispy Spinach chaat, Tikka naan pizza, Crispy Cauliflower, Shrimp Koliwada Soft Taco, BBQ Pork Samosa rolls.

My commentary will focus on the food itself

This dish is simply a world beater! The baby spinach was lightly coated in a fresh chickpea batter and flash-fried in soybean oil. This allowed for crispiness amidst the bite of onion, chopped tomatoes, and shallots. The sweet yogurt and tamarind date chutney dressed the chaat well. (crispy spinach | shallots | tomatoes | sweet yogurt |tamarind chutney)
The Crispy Cauliflower isn’t crispy by the time it gets to you … and it’s prepared medium spicy (tomato | red onion | chili | ginger |red pepper | soy). That being said … this is an excellent execution of a time tested Indian app. Another definitely must order!

 

These were huge drummettes . The chicken was nicely crisped in a spicy tomato chili sauce after being marinated. I was definitely impressed with the chicken and it definitely wins as an appetizer.
They have an fairly large menu but I ended up ordering the Chili Tofu (extra hot) … and it came with the heat, I had a fairly healthy glow after eating it. Definite recommendation also. Stir fry | red peppers | soy | onions | tomato | ginger | garlic | scallions (v)

I’ll give honorable mentions to the Shrimp Koliwada Soft Taco and the BBQ Pork Samosa rolls. They were very good … in fact, they were much better than I expected. I’ll make sure and take pictures when I repeat.

barbeque pork samosa rolls with housemade tamarind barbeque along with the Shrimp Koliwada Soft Taco (spiced shrimp | tava roti | kachumber | sweet chili) lime crema
barbeque pork samosa rolls with housemade tamarind barbeque along with the Shrimp Koliwada Soft Taco (spiced shrimp | tava roti | kachumber | sweet chili) lime crema

Overall, I thought that the unorthodox dishes worked but I’m very interested to try the traditional dishes to see how they do. I love seafood and rice … so if they can amaze me with a seafood biryani or spicy chicken/beef vindaloo – I’ll definitely be a convert.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a PeopleSoft HRMS Project Manager and Oracle Solution Architect. Over the past 10+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 2 major consulting firms. He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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