Looking for a hearty Indian meal in Philadelphia? Indeblue, the best Indian restaurant in Philadelphia has creative options worth trying and great ambiance to match up.
INDEBLUE – THE BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT IN PHILADELPHIA
It was our anniversary and we wanted to go to a special place to dine in. My husband suggested Indeblue and I am glad he did. The moment I entered the restaurant, I was welcomed by enticing aroma and beautiful décor.
IndeBlue is one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia that serve both the traditional dishes and creative fusion stuff on the menu.
We started off with a new appetizer – Spinach chaat, as recommended by my husband. (Oh yes, my husband is a regular at the place and this time we ordered by his suggestion.) It was a very new version of the regular chaats that we eat and was amazing. Fried spinach leaves mixed with onion and tomatoes and topped with a tangy tamarind date sauce. It was so yummy that we just gorged onto it and even forgot to take a picture. Guess sometimes it’s more important to enjoy your meal and not think about anything else.
In the main course, we ordered a Vegetarian Thali, boneless butter chicken, and a basket of bread. The thali included small portions of about 3 curries/ veggies, appetizer, raita, bread, rice and a dessert sufficient to satisfy your appetite. All the main course dishes served with basmati rice or bread. The barbequed chicken, cooked in a non-spicy creamy tomato gravy was flavorful. The bread basket served 4 varieties of hot bread. Apart from the regular plain and garlic naan, the basket included cheese spinach stuffed naan and naan with herbs. We relished our meal with these soft and warm naans.
Special day’s meal has to end on a sweet note. One of my favorite sweets is Jalebi, but since we are talking about creativity and fusion why would the desserts be left behind. The menu had ‘Pear Jalebi‘, which I had never heard or eaten. Even the server vouched for the delectable jalebi which he even dreamt about. After the bar set so high it was time to indulge into. The warm jalebi was partnered with cold ice cream and was a treat to eat. My kids loved it.
They serve brunch also on weekends. We missed eating it as reached almost at closing time. Hope to have it the next time.
INDIAN TERMS USED AT INDEBLUE
- Chaat – It is a savory snack with a mixture of different ingredients which usually is tangy and a bit spicy.
- Thali– It is an Indian style meal with a variety of dishes served together on a platter.
- Raita – It is a name of Indian condiment made with yogurt mixed with raw vegetable or fruits or a savory snack. There are a lot of variations of raita.
- Jalebi – It is a yellow/orange color sweet made by frying the flour batter in a spiral shape and then dipping it into the sugar syrup. It is similar to funnel cake.
INDEBLUE FOR KIDS
The restaurant is child-friendly. The food is non-spicy which the kids can enjoy. I loved seeing my son loving the meal and enjoying it. There is no specific kids menu, but they can share the dishes.
205 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Indeblue is set in the midtown village close to Chancellor Street. You can reach here by taking Patco to 13th/Locust or SEPTA(Broad St. Line) to Walnut/Locust.
Indeblue doesn’t have its own parking space. It offers discounted parking (USD 10) to its guest at The Holiday Inn, 1305 Walnut St.
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Lunch – Monday to Friday: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Brunch – Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dinner – Sunday to Thursday: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday to Saturday: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Happy Hours – Daily: 5:00 pm till the restaurant is open.
THINGS TO NOTE
- The restaurant isn’t handicapped-accessible. Bathrooms have wheelchair access though.
- Visit on Tuesdays has a plus point that you get to witness the soothing live sitar music.
- Crispy spinach chaat, dahi avocado chaat, paneer tikka makhani, mango pannacotta and fig duo are some must try.
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