Indigo Indian Restaurant Gets Spruced Up in NoMa – Any Fans?

by Prince Of Petworth June 9, 2014 at 11:55 am 25 Comments

3rd and K St, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Just walking by popular neighborhood Indian restaurant Indigo this morning (3rd & K St NE) and noticed a fresh coat of yellow paint (building used to be white). Perhaps in celebration of their one year anniversary? Certainly adds some much needed color to the neighborhood.”

Their one year anniversary is in Sept. but for whatever reason looks great! On June 4th they tweeted a photo of this menu – any must order items?


  • kbloomingdale

    The white was looking pretty beat up. Kudos to them for putting on a fresh coat! I dig the color scheme.

  • Anonymous

    I tried their food at the Eastern Market stand and couldn’t believe how bland it was. I don’t need Indian food to be super-spicy but it should have some flavor! A couple of my Indian friends who’ve tried it feel the same way. It’s really surpising because it always smells so fragrant. Maybe the brick-and-mortar turns out better food?

  • Anonymous

    Looking good, Indigo! I pass it almost every day, and it will brighten my walk home from work.

  • Anonymous

    The food at Indigo is fantastic. You also get a lot of food for your money. Service can be somewhat hit or miss. They have a tendency to forget part of your order.

    It’s interesting to see how this place has changed over the past year. When it first opened, they offered only a couple of different menu items (generic dishes like Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka) and now their menu is a million times bigger. There was barely any writing on the walls and now there are all kinds of quotes and pictures on the inside walls. It also used to be BYOB (so you can bring a six pack and drink on the patio)….I think this may have changed though since now they serve alcohol.

  • Looks good! We keep meaning to try this place and somehow always forget about it, d’oh. Chicken & Rice was our go-to spot for the neighborhood, but they’ve dropped off drastically in quality over time.

  • Anonymous

    It’s shockingly bad. Incredibly oily and devoid of flavor. I can’t believe people like this place.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m surprised anyone likes this place. I’m not much of a snob when it comes to Indian food, even love mediocre lunch buffet fare, but this food simply has no redeeming qualities.

  • Anonymous

    I love their vegetarian food. I’m wondering if the detractors are meat-eaters? I haven’t sampled that part of the menu, so maybe it’s not as good.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a fan of their meat dishes.

      On the vegetarian side, their roti is pretty authentic and the saag paneer is tasty.

    • Detractor at 12:22

      Nope, I’m vegetarian too. What have you gotten there that was good?

      • Anonymous

        They had a mushroom korma for a while that was amazing, and I find their daal, chickpeas, and saag paneer reliably excellent. I did have a truly awful eggplant dish there once that was oily and overcooked, though, so I won’t argue they never make missteps.

        • Anonymous

          I had the mixed vegetables and it was as if someone simply tossed frozen vegetables with salt in cheap oil. Next time I’m up there I’ll try one of the things you suggested.

  • Anonymous

    The saag paneer is the bomb. Best Punjabi food in DC.

  • Sunny Florida Avenue

    I think they’re really good all around, and they’ve really brought that corner to life.

  • Mya

    my colleagues and I used to like it but they got too expensive for some basic pre-made food. We go to Mint now and we love their buffet option.

  • kken

    I enjoy it *shrug*

    It’s priced well and you get a decent amount of food. At least it’s not an umpteeth small plate joint in this town.

  • Anonymous

    I live around the corner and visit a few times a month. Solid quality, good value for the money.

  • nc3

    I’ve had nothing but super flavorful and fresh food from Indigo. Ditto on the vegetarian dishes being great.

  • SF

    I’m a big fan of this place. It’s delicious, no-nonsense, easy and inexpensive.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so shocked to see all of the negative comments! I’m a big Indigo fan. The vegetarian options are great and the appetizers of the day (spinach chaat etc.) are always really good. I’ve had a few misses with some of the meat options but I find their butter chicken is so flavorful that if I’m getting meat that’s what I tend to stick to. And, to be clear, I’m not an indian food novice – i’ve lived in cambridge, london, and nyc (all with lots of indian food options – not to mention extended trips to India….). Anyway, I’m happy to see the update on the property and glad to have them as an option in the neighborhood. phooey detractors phooey.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, I guess I’ll have to give them another try! The food was honestly so bad when I had it I couldn’t bring myself to spend money there again. But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was just an off day.

    • MJ

      I tried their food cart and I got very bland food. The brick and mortar joint was much better, but the to-go portions were too friggin small for the price.

  • dcgent

    Huge fan here–surprised at the negative comments, especially about it being oily. Much less so than most indian curries. I do tend to stick to the lamb curry, which is addictive–but my wife has tried a lot and loved most everything. Pretty hard to beat the price as well–I will say the Eastern Market stand sometimes isn’t as spicy/flavorful, for whatever reason.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’d describe it more as watery than oily.

  • Cara

    This place is really really good and you get a lot of food for 10 dollars.


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