Indigo Deli-cious

by Khushboo on December 9, 2011

Although I’ve blogged about a few eating spots in Mumbai like the creperie Suzette or fine-dining restaurant The Table, I am yet to blog about one of my all-time favorites: Indigo Deli.  Don’t be fooled by the name: although they do retail cold cuts & cheeses from around the world, salads and freshly baked breads, Indigo Deli is a full-service gourmet hub.

It’s rare to find a restaurant which offers both more down-to-earth fare like burgers, all-day breakfast and pizzas alongside dishes which appeal to the more refined palate such as risottos, pastas, and grills.  Normally I hate extensive menus but Indigo Deli is one of the few exceptions.  Whereas restaurants that boast a huge array of dishes usually compensate with mediocre quality, Indigo Deli nails it on both ends.  I know I’m not alone when I say their food consistently serves fresh, delicious food.  In other words, Indigo Deli is reliable.  If you do ever get the chance to try Indigo Deli (Mumbai locals- you have no excuse) and you’re really stuck on what to order, here are some of my favorites:

  • Customised sandwich based on their meat & cheese selection
  • Fusili in a sun-dried tomato sauce with goat cheese & olives
  • Blackened Salmon Burger
  • Roasted Mushroom & Tofu Burger
  • Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

For what it’s worth, I would definitely recommend ordering off their daily specials menu.  The dishes always sound so elaborate and the waiters are more than happy to cater to the annoying customers like me make alterations.    A friend from high school was actually visiting Mumbai last week and there was no way she was leaving before trying Indigo Deli. We both decided to roll with the specials:

To share:

Mixed greens, cucumber, olives, grilled figs & chilli sambal in fruity balsamic dressing

Her order:
Green apple & mint slush


Lamb confit with cauliflower shallot mash, seared greens and pineapple apricot compote

My order:
Black salt & garlic rubbed grouper with tomato pilaf, grilled vegetables & cilantro cream

Given my aversion to cilantro, that chunk of fish quickly found its way to my friend's plate

 And if she didn’t have her heart set on some last-minute kulfi,  I would have ordered these for dessert:

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Their choc chip cookies are baked to order and trust me, the 20-minute wait is definitely worth it.  I’ve eaten many cookies in my day but very few warrant the description “insane”- these make the cut!

My only pet peeve with Indigo Deli is that the service isn’t always up to mark.  Fortunately their mouth-watering food and buzzing, yet relaxed, atmosphere more than makes up for it!  As much as I wish I was getting compensated for this review, sadly I am not.  So take my word when I say that if you want a restaurant that is casual yet delicious and worth every rupee, Indigo Deli is your best bet!

What is the “Indigo Deli equivalent” in your city?

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Parita @ myinnershakti December 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I want to visit Mumbai so badly! Next time I visit India, it’s on my must dos!

There’s a place in Atlanta that makes delicious smoothies, sandwices, and salads. I have to eat there every time I go home. :)

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Ohh you must come soon…I’ll be a great tour guide :D ! Do you have any family here at all?

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Parita @ myinnershakti December 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Not in Mumbai but that’s wouldn’t stop me from visiting! Most of my family is in Gujarat, and most of Vishnu’s is in Kerala.

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Sarah December 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Oh my goodness, those cookies look delicious! So disappointed to hear you didn’t order them this time but the rest of your eats look great!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Ohh if you think they look good in the pic, just wait till you try them :D

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset December 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Ahh those cookies look great, next time you must get them :)

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Oh I will…I don’t know what I was thinking last time :) !

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Gayatri December 10, 2011 at 4:31 am

You know Mumbai has changed so much since I left it 8 yrs ago. I’m so glad there are places like this. Everything looks and sounds delicious! Totally looking forward to my next trip!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Any plans for a trip here soon?

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Gayatri December 17, 2011 at 7:22 am

Maybe Feb. Will keep you posted :)

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Khushboo Thadani December 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Yes you must!

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jojo December 10, 2011 at 5:05 am

Hmm they all look great!
The cookies look amazing and I like the fact that it’s made freshly as ordered. The restaurant I used to work at had a made to order chocolate souffle, it reminds me of that. Dark, sweet, very rich and satisfies the chocolate cravings..

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Oh wow that sounds amazing..the only probalem with the ‘make to order’ is the waiting period ;) !

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Christina Does It All December 10, 2011 at 6:28 am

omg that all looks SO yummy!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm
Priyanka December 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

There is a food store where I live called Earthfare, that has the most delicious selection of vegan/vegetarian and meaty food fare. Even their desserts cater all diets.

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Wow that sounds great! Fortunately I don’t have any dietary restrictions but it’s nice to see that those who do still have the option!

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onehealthymunchkin December 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

Everything you’ve mentioned here sounds so good – especially that mushroom and tofu burger! I’m dying to try that combination now! But since I probably won’t be in Mumbai anytime soon I’ll have to see if I can find a recipe online that’s similar. :D

We have a restaurant called Garlic’s here that has such an amazing menu based off of locally available foods. It has very gourmet fare, but also thin crust pizza and sandwiches too. There’s ALWAYS something I want to order on its menu!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Garlic’s sounds great..I love thin-crust pizzas, and I bet the sandwiches/variety of breads must be amazing too!

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Tracy's Treats December 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Wow those cookies look so different from all other chocolate chip cookies! They seem like they have LOTS of chocolate in them!! Yum!!!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Yeah they really do! If my dining partner is okay with it, I sometimes request for ‘less choc chips’…who am I! ;) !

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Ameena December 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Mumbai has changed so much since I was there years ago! I can’t wait to visit again and have some delicious food like this.

Have a wonderful weekend my friend! Enjoy!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Yes you must visit sooon and hope your weekend was great :) ! Hopefully no more sandwich mishaps ha ha!

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Shannon (Healthiful Balance) December 11, 2011 at 12:52 am

Those chocolate chip cookies look good! :)

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

They sure were :P

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Tara December 11, 2011 at 4:50 am

Oh my gosh, those chocolate chips cookies are making my mouth water!! They look delicious!! I hate when restaurants have bad service. I hold a grudge… one bad experience and I’m not going back!!

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Khushboo Thadani December 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Haha I’m usually the same..so you can only imagine just how great Indigo Deli is :D

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Sara K December 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Indigo Deli! Haha so I have to completely agree that the service is not up to par at Indigo deli, but their slushies are SO good…and so was this aubergine sandwich I had at the one in palladium…yum!

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Khushboo Thadani December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Tell me it had some goat cheese in it? … or any kind of cheese for that matter :D

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Oliver Alexander December 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I kept looking at those Cookies for 10 whole minutes!

I need to get my hands on them!

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Khushboo Thadani December 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

If you’re ever in Mumbai, DO IT!

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