Indigo

Modern Indian cuisine that’s missing the kick 19 Reviews

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With such a large Indian community, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of small curry houses in Abu Dhabi, serving up spicy, creamy dishes in exchange for a handful of dirhams. But if you want more upmarket decor and higher quality ingredients – and are willing to pay for the privilege – there are a few high-end places lurking within the city’s hotels. At Indigo, you certainly get what you pay for in terms of decor – think delicate lighting, bubbling water sculptures and elegant carved wood screens. What a shame, then, that, like the decor, the food also seems to have been catered to suit western palates. The butter chicken tastes mainly of tomato sauce, lacking the hearty creaminess and sweet spices that make it such a popular dish, while the lamb nehari is heavy and underwhelming. It’s not all bad: the naan is crispy and without the slick of grease that so often accompanies, while starters are imaginative and flavourful. If you want friendly service, high-end surrounds and nonthreatening Indian cuisine (and it seems many do – the restaurant is pretty difficult to book into), then pay Indigo a visit.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9000
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Payal on 12 Oct ' 14 at 09:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Hi, we visitted this restaurant over the weeked & were completely disappointed. Had ordered for a Soup, followed by Chicken tikka masala (which turned out to be a) paste of tomato with chicken pieces in it & an average biryani chicken. Only things that was a relief was teh gulabjamun in the end. extremly disappointed.

Posted by: Bianca on 09 Jul ' 12 at 14:04
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mai Momani on 31 Dec ' 11 at 08:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

it was great experience having dinner at Indigo, perfect service with perfect food ... the only problem for me that i thought it would be more romantic, but actually it was crowded and there were a lot of kids , then we had to set outside which was really good !
but difinitly i would go back to this restaurent, i cant forget the taste !
it was amazing !!

Posted by: Michelle on 09 Dec ' 11 at 06:41
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This restaurant is probably my favourite in the whole of Abu Dhabi. Have been around 6 times now and have always had a faultless experience. I highly recommend the Chaat starter to share...it is devine!

Posted by: Anand on 10 Nov ' 11 at 04:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best indian food in town and for people who havent been should not miss it. The food, ambience, service etc makes it this place even better for the visit. kudos to chef gaurav and his team for it.

Posted by: uzi on 22 Sep ' 11 at 05:59
  • Best for: Romantic

Can someone tell me the bill for 2 for a get together of total 4 friends???

Posted by: Jon Willis on 30 Aug ' 11 at 21:08
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I dined at Indigo last night. and i beg to differ from your review of the restaurant. it is by far the Best Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi. It is indeed very romantic but the food is far better than the decor of restaurant. The lamb nehari I had last night was superb with fork tender lamb shank in a extremely flavorful sauce (very close if not better than what i had in my visit to Delhi 6 months back)

Posted by: Beena on 25 Aug ' 11 at 13:01
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

By far the BEST INDIAN restaurant in Abu Dhabi. will go back again, and again, and again,,,,

Posted by: shivani rai on 24 Apr ' 11 at 16:49

Guys! I am really impressed with the reviews and am gonna be there next week end! Hope they have a great Veg Menu!!!!

Posted by: Rotona Customer on 06 Mar ' 11 at 08:24
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Great service, Great food, Great environment, I absolutely enjoyed the fish curry, I will be going back often. With sensible pricing for superb food, this place is top on my list for a silent getaway with a special someone.

Posted by: Naser on 08 Jun ' 10 at 09:29
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is fabulous, the venue awesome, and thanks for the nice evening.

Posted by: mohamad on 09 Apr ' 10 at 23:06
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

beautiful ambience.
friendly staff.
exceptional food.
chief gaurav explained the menu very well especially the Nehari dish, was very interesting.
keep up the good work. will see you soon..

Posted by: christophe Perringerard on 07 Apr ' 10 at 15:59
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Just perfect,

Chef Gaurav is a master! Thank you for the culinary experience.

Posted by: Ms.Gargee Toraskar on 07 Apr ' 10 at 09:45
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

food is fabulous... so is d ambience...its so so v romantic.... head chef...chef gaurav is amazn... the presentation of food is out of d world...

Posted by: Dhammika wanigasekara on 07 Apr ' 10 at 09:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Xof on 07 Jan ' 10 at 13:41
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

There is not enough superlative to describe this place. The food is amazing, the venue awesome, and the value for price is actually quite good.

Sure, if you want to taste the real indian food, we are far from a street restaurant in Bombay... here it's so much delicate, subtil and flavourish... The chief (which i met) is an artist, and to hear speak about his menu is also poetry.

Worse a visit, then another, then another... etc!

Posted by: Ahmed on 04 Jun ' 09 at 13:47
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Indian resturant in the UAE. food is great so is the service .

Good Manager very friendly , great work Jojo.

Posted by: Saba on 08 Apr ' 09 at 05:32
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Oh my God! This article does not do justice to this superb restaurant! I have tasted many a Indian curries in my lifetime, and never, I repeat never have I fallen so in luv with a curry house. These people do something special, I don't know what it is, but their silky curries, melt in the mouth meat/chicken, and velvety naans leave my family and me speechless (and quite full) every time. I met the Chef the last time I was there, and I could tell what great care is taken to perfect the contents of every cast iron pot that leaves that kitchen. Such great skill, combined with many, many years of experience gives for a great result on my table every time I dine there. Trust me, this is the best Indian food around in this city, attentive friendly service, and a great ambience. Not to forget, good value for money. I HATE only one thing about this restaurant. They do not allow kids after 9pm, so you have to make sure you're having an early dinner if you're out with your lil'kiddies. My daughter who generally can't deal with curries, adores the Butter Chicken Morsel (almost as much as me)on the menu with the Saffron Naan. Yes, a 6 year old will eat a curry-it's that good! They also have a Paneer Butter something or the other, which is to die for. Ok I have to stop now, but I could go on forever. If you haven't been there, GO!

Posted by: Aditya Shah on 27 Jan ' 09 at 12:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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