Their valet parking service is in disarray because the road outside Indigo Deli,Bandra,has been dug up. But that hasnt stopped Rahul and Malini Akerkar from throwing the doors open to the newest addition to their stable. The walk from Pali Naka to the property,which formerly housed Italian restaurant Da Vinci and burger joint Gostana,is one thats filled with rubble and dust. But once you enter,the décor,space and dining options are comfortable and familiar for deGustibus patrons.
The restaurant has an outdoor section with four tables that is enclosed with glass to offer air-conditioning in this sweltering heat. But the interiors of Indigo Deli are far more welcoming. To begin with,the design,layout and elements of the Bandra outlet are distinct from that of any other Indigo properties. The designers have made the most of the space to accommodate 62 seats. Most interesting are the circular booths,reminiscent of teacups,giving the impression that they will spin at the slightest touch. The glass enclosure and an open kitchen ensure a bright and well-lit indoor section.
The menu has much in common with the fare on offer at other Indigo restaurants. But Eggs on the Beach,a spin-off of Eggs Benedict,available at the Bandra outlet,has been an instant hit. There are no carbs to be found on this plate as the muffin has been replaced by a crab cake topped with a layer of crispy bacon,egg and Hollandaise sauce. Served all day from 9.30am to 12am,in time for the last orders it is a novelty item to rival the Benedict,but not strong enough to override it.
With Indigo Deli,Colaba,being the first to branch out in 2005,followed by Lokhandwala in 2008 and Palladium in 2010,it was an anomaly that the popular franchise had not arrived in Bandra earlier. Now,located off Pali Naka,the restaurant and retail chain has another convenient outlet to continue its 13-year-long affair with the city.