Great Food at Indigo. And Great View
|Clockwise from top: Skate, Fish Cake, Tiramisu, Beet salad, Lemon Tart.|
The view of the River Lee from the dining room at Indigo Brasserie is brilliant and so too is the food, as I found out on a recent visit. The Indigo restaurant, part of an aparthotel complex on a riverside site, is built to match the curve in the river just below St Finbarre’s Bridge and it would be hard to beat the location.
But, of course, the food is the important thing in any eatery and, make no mistake about it, the Indigo came up trumps. There is also some extra info on the menu, including portion weight and calorie count. The Brassiere is comfortable and service is friendly and efficient.
Indigo Fish Cakes (129g), With Tossed Greens & a Citrus Salad €8.00 (230cal/100g) was my starter. No shortage of fish in the cake and the salad, with that citrus twist, was a delight.
And CL also came up trumps with her starter: Roasted Beet Salad (CF) (261g), With Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Rocket & crushed Walnuts €8.50 / €14.00 (171cal/100g). Another top notch dish; the beets were done to perfection and the whole effort was so well balanced and tasty.
The Indigo are pretty strong on fish and my mains was the Oven Baked Skate (CF) (235g),
With an Orange Brown Nut Butter, Black Olives & Chive €16.50 (120cal/100g). Don’t think I ever had skate before but no bother. Found my way around it with a few tips from Maurice, the Maître d' and a keen Munster rugby fan. The flesh has good texture, not unlike chicken, and a lovely mild taste. Really pleasant and the sauce was light and perfect.
No heavy sauce either with CL’s fish dish: Roasted Cod Rarebit (CF) (335g), With Roasted Tomatoes €19.00 (151cal/100g). The tomatoes provided the necessary moisture and the topping (cheese, mustard seed and lager) was thin and tasty. Another winning dish where the main ingredient was given room to shine.
We weren't taking that much notice of the calories and they certainly didn’t stop us from moving on to Dessert. Tangy Lemon Tart €5.50 (160g), With a Lemon Curd Sauce & Candied Lemon (260cal/100g), was my choice. After the previous courses, I was expecting something good and, boy, did I get it. Loved every bit of it, especially that candied lemon.
Tiramisu €6.00 (155g), Made by our resident Italian Chef, served with a Caramel Sauce (395cal/100g) was the second dessert and that too was just fabulous, moist, sweet and entirely devour-able.
Their Italian chef is Giovanni. He works from a very small kitchen but sure comes up with some mega tastes. So grazie mille to Maurice and Giovanni for a wonderful meal. Highly recommended!