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/ Updated on July 22, 2017
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As predicted by the Rehoboth Foodie earlier this year (yet again scooping everyone else, thank you), Indigo Indian Restaurant has opened in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The sister restaurant to the very popular India restaurant in Annapolis (presently closed and possibly in transition to a new location), the new Rehoboth Indigo offers all the traditional favorites we’ve been craving here at the beach.

Suraj Kumar came to Washington, D.C. from Punjab, India, first working in restaurants in New York, Austin, and Denver. Mr. Kumar and his wife Sudesh have been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, 12 of the most recent in Maryland. The Kumar family came to the Annapolis area in 1992 taking over the Indian restaurant on Main Street. Mr. Kumar’s son, Raghu, is the prime mover Indigo to ensure that the food and service is up to their stellar Annapolis reputation. However, DO engage Suraj Kumar if he is not too busy. He is an absolutely delightful person who will have you smiling instantly.

Listen to the podcast of Suraj and Raghu’s appearance on the Sip & Bite Show!

We did our third visit just last night and I have to say that each and every time – even considering they have only been open for a couple of weeks – the food and service has been spot on. Mr. Kumar’s son, Raghu, is supervising the kitchen and Mr. Kumar glides quietly from table to table, adjusting plates, asking if all is OK and being generally charming. In fact, if you engage him you will discover that he’s a pretty funny guy!

They have an authentic tandoori oven where they bake the naan (stuck to the sides of the oven – see the gallery). They have a large selection of naan – I suggest the onion kulcha and the garlic naan (see the gallery) – they are delicious. We started with a colorful combination appetizer with lamb, tandoori chicken and veggies. Then we did a family style combo of plates with a tikka masala-style preparation of chicken, beef and lamb. All served with savory basmati rice, of course. And don’t miss the warm and soothing dessert!

See the menu HERE.

Last night I tried the Lamb Vindaloo (an Indian restaurant go-to for me). The flavors were deep and rich. I asked for it extra spicy, and though it didn’t take my head off, it did certainly get my attention. The lamb pieces were lean and tender without a trace of fat or silver. We also got another go-to, the Chicken Tikka Masala (it’s amusing to watch Mr. Kumar frown when you order that… it’s sort of like ordering a burger at Ruth’s Chris – he wants you to order something more exotic). And there are a number of more exotic items on the menu there for the ordering. I do really like the basmati rice that comes with most of the dishes.

After several visits, we now leave the ordering up to Mr. Kumar. I think if we try to order chicken tikka masala one more time he’s going to smack us. (Yes, the tikka is absolutely delicious, but you need to branch out!) This decision has turned out to be an excellent one. A few nights ago Suraj introduced us to chicken jalfrazie. This complex, spiced dish consists of tandoor-broiled boneless chicken cooked in garlic, tomatoes, onions and green peppers. The sides of basmati rice and garbanzos are cooked baked-bean style (with an Indian accent, of course) and match perfectly with this chunky, satisfying dish. The second course marched out of the kitchen standing tall and proud on the plate. The chicken biryani is built around rice and formed in to a rectangular shape with fresh lemon and a bit of cilantro. Yet again, the spices are perfectly balanced. Rice lovers will go crazy for this one. We even departed from our onion kulcha/garlic naan rut when Mr. Kumar introduced us to Paneer Kulcha. Basically their signature fresh naan with homemade cheese inside. The cheese is not the gooey style – it is more like a grated halloumi-type cheese that stays chunky and unmelted. We will definitely order it again.

As you might expect, they have an authentic tandoori oven on the premises. Ask Rhagu to show it to you (unless they are really busy, then curb your enthusiasm). It also doubles as a 747 jet engine.

Keep an eye on RehobothFoodie.com for more details. Follow Indigo on Facebook HERE.

Check out their website HERE.

You can call them at 302-212-5220

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

44 Rehoboth Avenue

302-212-5220

Sunday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Monday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Tuesday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Wednesday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Thursday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Friday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
Saturday
Open 11:30 until close (around 9ish)
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  1. JayW says:

    Our first visit was ok. Flavors on our dishes were muted. Lamb was a little tough. We’ll try it again. Kumar IS a funny guy.

  2. Patricia says:

    We have eaten here several times. Food is delicious, good portion sizes, great value for money and attentive service. Really liked Khara Pasanda and Chicken Shahi Korma, but that list might change as we eat our way through the rest of the menu! As is, the flavors are spicy, but not too hot for novice Indian food diner. If you like more spicy, the chef is happy to accommodate.

  3. Marion Gentul says:

    Yes, they accept reservations, wonderful to know during the tourist season. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the food selections and impeccable service. All of the dishes ordered by our group were delicious and the portions were very generous. HIghly recommended.

  4. MJ Ostinato says:

    So glad to have an Indian restaurant, boohoo! Do you know if they will take reservations?

  5. a lindy says:

    Do you have a phone number for them? I cannot find one on line

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      The phone number is at RehobothFoodie.com, at the bottom of the restaurant review article and also in Indigo’s listing on the Cheap Eats/Specials list. Enjoy!

  6. Jan Perlman says:

    Yes! Now I’m happy!! Exactly what I’ve been waiting for!

  7. Jill Sage says:

    I’ve eaten at their restaurant in Annapolis several times- very delicious and very nice people. Their Chicken Tikki Masala is amazing.

  8. Lucia says:

    Any idea on when Indigo might open??

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      My guess is in about 3 weeks. Keep an eye on this website. We will break the news the minute they turn the key.

      • Lucia says:

        Thanks! I know you are on it. I did see on their Annapolis website that there was a number to call. Can you tell I am anxious? Thanks again!

  9. Bruce says:

    Always good to see a new cuisine added to the mix.

  10. Beatriz says:

    We are very excited about this. Looking forward to finally having a good Indian restaurant here in Rehoboth.

  11. Jan says:

    Warms the cockles of my vegetarian heart! Not used to having CHOICES when I go out to eat around here. We have a group in our community who would take trips north specifically for Indian food. Much excitement here!

    And yes, Trader Joe’s next!

    • Ron says:

      Yes! Trader Joe’s next!! Then Rehoboth can claim to truly be a Foodie destination with diversity in food choices.

  12. Patty Hartmannsgruber says:

    In the meantime, there is a fabulous Indian buffet in Dover, at Flavor of India, across from Kohl’s on Rt. 13. Worth a trip up from the beach!

  13. Brian HANCOCK says:

    At last, as Brit I grew up on Curry and Chapatis.
    Now I don’t have to make my own

  14. Karen Aszman says:

    Finally! We have been hoping someday we would have an Indian restaurant here. Lamb Vindaloo, please!

  15. Susan says:

    Wonderful news! Can’t wait to try it.

  16. Pete says:

    AWESOME….So excited but lots of pressure….People have literally been waiting years for a good Indian place to open in or around RB!!! Best of luck and can’t wait to try it 🙂

  17. Kathy says:

    Yeah !!! We were missing Indian food here ! Now we just need a Trader Joe’s and I’m good !

  18. Diane says:

    FINALLY

  19. Ellen C, Jenkins says:

    Dear Mr. K
    We are so excited that you are coming. No … that should be thrilled !!!
    What can I do to help you and your family get ready???
    Ellen

  20. Tina Lavenia says:

    As a New Jersey native I love Indian food. I have been in withdrawal for 12 years!!!!
    When are you opening???

  21. Bernard Reuter says:

    can’t wait…when is the opening?

  22. Bob Houck says:

    Our prayers have finally been answered! We’ve been craving a local good Indian restaurant ever since moving down to Lewes just over a year ago and leaving behind all the fine Indian places we came to enjoy in the Princeton, N.J. area. Let’s hope the community gives its full support to this new endeavor. It should be a welcome addition to local restaurants offering a unique cuisine.

  23. karenschneiderman@gmail.com says:

    We have been wait for this for long time! So happy to hear this!!

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