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 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, will be the prime mover Indigo to ensure that the food and service is up to their stellar Annapolis reputation.
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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!
Last night I tried the Lamb Vindaloo (and 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.
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. Meet Raghu and Mr. Kumar, on Saturday, 7/1 at 4 on the Sip & Bite show on 105.9FM.
You can call them at 302-212-5220