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Indigma

What do you all think of this place? I only could find one short review on this board, which was very good. I LOVE Indian food, but am getting tired of my old stand-bys. Also, what is the atmosphere like? Is it good for a date or a group of friends? Thanks!

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Indigma
802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. Have been there several times -- very pretty on the inside. Last time maybe a year ago. The food is very good, I would say for comparison better than the Ambassador.

    1. The food is not authentic and really did not taste good. Very bland. Akbar is better right across the street if I were to choose.

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      1. re: soulseared

        IIRC, Indigma is not trying to be "authentic" (by whatever standard). I believe that the concept is a sort of Indian fusion or Nouvelle Indian cuisine - Indian concepts, ingredients and techniques taken beyond the normal bounds of what would be considered "traditional" or "authentic".

        Whether or not this is what the OP is looking for is for the OP to decide, I suppose.

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        Indigma
        802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        1. re: Warthog

          No, I'm not looking for it to be authentic, but the comment "really did not taste good" has scared me away! As we need to pay for a sitter to go out these days, I don't want to go anywhere that's not superb.

          1. re: stephanieg

            My point was that the "didn't taste good" was preceded by "not authentic". There's stuff that flat out doesn't taste good by any standards and in any context, and then there's stuff that we say doesn't taste good because we were expecting something entirely different.

            Never having eaten at Indigma, I can't say which might be the case there, but I did think that it might be worth pointing out that the poster who didn't like Indigma apparently went in expecting "authentic", which is not what the place is aiming for.

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            Indigma
            802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            1. re: Warthog

              I posted above, but perhaps should have been more emphatic in saying that the food is very good. The cooking is a half-step better than Akbar, and probably a little better than the Ambassador. My recollection is that half the table had dishes from the "traditional" side of the menu and half from the other and all went away happy.

              You could argue that Akbar has a slightly higher cost-benefit ratio because the food there is good, and slightly less expensive than Indigma. On the other hand, the setting at Indigma is far nicer, as is the wine list.

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              Indigma
              802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

      2. i just got a kick out of the name. sounded like "indignant"! ;-).

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          1. re: sweth

            either which might result if the food isn't up to snuff (which in this case, i have no idea).

            i wonder if they felt it might be like "enigma"?

        1. First, thanks to Lawhound's comments, which convinced us to give it a try. It was awesome!!!!

          The atmosphere was quite romantic-- beautiful room with soft colors and music that was light enough that I barely noticed it, but helped make the mood.

          We began with the tapas appetizer to try a range of dishes. We both fell in love with the "chicken 65"-- boneless, white meat chicken cooked with curry leaves in a fiery sauce. The chicken was amazingly tender and the sauce was so flavorful. It was our favorite! But the other tapas were also excellent. The most unique one was a mango paneer, which was a perfect complement to the spicy chicken. It was creamy and mildly sweet, and oddly enough, reminded us of a noodle kugel dish!

          The maitre d', who was also our waiter, was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. When he saw how much we loved the chicken, he helped us pick our entrees and said he'd adjust the spices to match our tastes. He steered us perfectly...For our entrees, we split 2 dishes-- one was a whole roasted pomfret fish. Wow-- it was delicious... we asked for it to be spicy, and it delivered a great kick! The fish itself was incredibly moist. Our second dish was called bengan ki sabji. It included thick chunks of eggplant and potatoes in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. Again, we both loved it! We also ordered the rosemary naan bread (to try something we've never had!). The bread was incredibly fresh and delicious. Rice also came with the entrees.

          The drink and wine list was very impressive. We had a delicious bottle of Tin Barn Zin, which rivaled some of the more expensive Zins we've had. The big, full-bodied fruits of the wine were a perfect complement to the spicy food.

          Overall, we were so impressed! In fact, my husband loved it so much that he made a reservation for next month when we left! We definitely would recommend it to others. This is a place that we both hope succeeds!

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          Indigma
          802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

          1. This was the third time we gave this restaurant a chance. The last time we were there, their waiter dropped a glassful of water on a perosn in our party and there were no apologies or even a comped soda. This time, it took them a good amount of time to seat us and then an hour till our order was taken. We found out the manager/owner is also the bartender and order taker. The reason he couldn't seat us right away even though 75% of the restaurant was empty was that he was making martinis. The ONE person they had working the floor did not understand any English. Then, they brought us the wrong dish. Our chai tasted horrible and trust me, I am Indian and make chai at home, so I know how hard it is to mess that up. The entrees came out lukewarm and the seekh kobab was downright cold. The lychee creme brulee had burnt sugar instead of caramelized. Overall, it was probably the worst dining experience we've had in years.

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            Indigma
            802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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            1. re: sylwill

              Wow! That's crazy! We've been there twice now, and had great experiences both times. Excellent food and service!

              1. re: stephanieg

                it is sylwill's only post on chowhound. so it is hard to compare notes from other places around town, huh?

                1. re: alkapal

                  good point! just always baffling when people report such polar opposite experiences!

                  1. re: stephanieg

                    Four of us went there a month ago, testing it as a potential chow outing.The food was iinconsistent, very disappointing, including a supposed Indian chili bread that had plain green peppers in it, and a shrimp dish that was too salty for any of us to eat. When the guest complained, the host (owner?) brought out the same dish but with no salt in the sauce. It then became clear that the cook had brined the shrmp for some bizarre reason. My chicken was very tough, and the Indian tapas appetisers were not very good.
                    The only consistent success were the desserts, that were unusual and good.
                    I had enjoyed a lunch there a couple of years before, and two in our party had eaten an excellent meal there a couple of weeks previously.
                    Go figure!

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                    Indigma
                    802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

            2. Went here with there other Indian-food-lovers - we were blown away! Had absolutely the best eggplant I've ever had - silky and spiced perfectly ( sorry that I can't remember the name - but you'll have fun trying to find it!) and the surprise of the evening was a terrific Indian shiraz - Sola '07 I believe. Go there!

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              Indigma
              802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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              1. re: adorefood

                adorefood - this looks like your fist post, so welcome to chowhound! Since you are an Indian-food lover, can you tell us how your meal compares to some of your other Indian restaurant experiences in Baltimore? Also, what other dishes besides the eggplant did your group try and how were they? Can you describe the eggplant dish a little better so it can be found on the menu?

                1. re: adorefood

                  Is Indigma really open again? It was one of the restaurants that was severely damaged in a fire about a month ago. According to its website, it's still closed for renovations....

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                  Indigma
                  802 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201