The old Deli has moved to Cyber Hub
Atmospherics: Walk down the length of Cyber Hub and you just cannot miss Indigo Deli, now with prominent signage and an attractive patio area. In that respect, it is as far removed from the dark corner it used to occupy in its previous location in a mall where it is no longer present. Looked at dispassionately, it is a long, train-like space, but the restaurant has made changes by visually breaking it up into three sections, where the ceilings are dramatically different from one another. There is also a bar area at which you can sit: Indigo Deli is still a deli, but the bar pays homage to today’s customer who cannot think of a meal without adequate libations. The best option for health beverages is the freshly pressed juice that cost Rs 285 each and is made with a slow juicer whose revolutions per minute are 80, compared to the conventional sort with 15,000 rpm. The difference lies in the taste: I could taste the beetroot, carrot and tomato individually. Being located in a major office area, the Deli is going to be open for breakfast too.
Table talk: Order just about any meaty dish and you won’t go wrong. From the Reuben (Rs 715) to the Deli roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy (Rs 695), it is the best in its category and identifiably New York style. Where the Deli is on shaky ground is on some of its newer vegetarian options, especially the healthy choices. The great news is that the Roasted Cauliflower, green peas and baby greens with toasted almonds (Rs 345) and the cheese soufflé with paprika (Rs 385) are excellent: the latter would do a French specialty restaurant proud. That particular soufflé was the soufflé of the day when I visited. Other flavours include pumpkin, asparagus or charred corn. Plum and soy confit duck (Rs 645) is a masterpiece of slow-cooked, juicy, tender duck. Not gamey at all, and with a hint of cinnamon, it is not to be missed.
Plus and minus: The too gluey Deli falafel wrap (Rs 425) and a seared peach and sago fritter burger (Rs 425) that tasted as if it had originated from a van in Karol Bagh were horribly out of place in the hallowed portals of Indigo Deli.
Must have: Caesar salad, filet mignon, chocolate ganache.
Food: 3.50, Service: 3.50, Décor: 3.50
Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
Telephone No. 0124 4528999
Open from 8 am to 12 am
Alcohol licence expected shortly;
Meal for two: Rs 3,500