Modern Indian cuisine that’s missing the kick 18 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.
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