Favorite Restaurant: Indigo Restaurant
Reviewed Indigo Restaurant: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Indigo is a neighborhood gem, owned by its Chef, Michael Whang. Indigo offers consistently well-prepared food for a moderate budget in the Civic Center area. It is ideal before theater, opera or symphony, where you can rely on outstanding dishes and efficient gracious service that will get you out in time for your performance. The 3 course before-theater prix fixe menu is great deal. Alternatively, later dining is relaxed and homey and a wine-paired prix fixe offers a sumptuous evening of dining with Chef Whang occasionally serving and talking with customers.
The dishes created by Chef Whang are truly outstanding. For starters, the grilled day boat scallops are a don't-miss dish and the plump flavorful mussels in a wine broth flavored with spring onions are the best I've ever had. The braised duck leg with mushroom risotto is rich and succulent and perfect with a Cotes du Rhone.
The pan seared pork tenderloin in a zinfandel reduction, with Swiss chard and an herbed polenta cake is spectacular. The meat is rich, the chard is nutty and provides great contrast, and the herbed polenta cake is to die for—rich, creamy, and light all at the same time. The blue nose bass is another excellent main course. The bass is seared to give a firm texture and preserve its delicate full flavor. It sits on nutty farro grain surrounded by the lightly browned butter sauce with flavors heightened by caramelized fennel and grilled green onions. Small pieces of still-crisp red pepper dotted the presentation, adding color, bright flavor, and an additional texture.