I’ve been a huge foodie for a long time. I used to keep handwritten lists of the restaurants I wanted to try. Indigo remained on my list and before I could get there are fire caused the Roswell restaurant to close back in 2011. Luckily for me, Chef Todd Hogan decided to re-open Indigo after a long hiatus. But the chef didn’t completely jump off the radar. He also owns and operates Branch and Barrel in Avalon.
The bar is cozy and the perfect spot to take in the live jazz music on the weekends. I enjoyed a perfectly made Manhattan (see picture below) and a signature cocktail, the Roswell Rickey. Since the bar is a lovely spot to perch yourself, we decided to enjoy appetizers there with our drinks.
The design of the new Indigo is gorgeous. And I love the unique layout – instead of one large dining room there are dining areas along each wall of the restaurant with the kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. If you want to see the action of the kitchen you can certainly request one of the tables that face it. Or if you want a more intimate experience, request one of the tables on the other side that are closed off from the kitchen. Want a special table for two? Ask for the two topper secluded in the back. There’s only one table like this at Indigo. It has the signature Indigo color. Plus, the flooring is a lovely herringbone hardwood design.
Start with the steak tartare or the pastrami cured salmon, or both. The prior is topped with a quail egg and served with a Cognac mustard. But don’t jump into entrees just. After you’ve enjoyed some jazz, cocktails and apps, move from the bar to your table. Then choose one of Indigo’s delicious salads. A Lyonnaise comes with a hearty and thick cut pork belly.
The Lobster and Scallops entree are a must for any seafood lover. The light sauce on top mixes well with the Gruyere Potato hash and mushroom with Cognac cream sauce served with the dish. Make sure to ask you waiter for a wine recommendation as they are very adept recommending excellent pairings.
Of the dozen or so menu items at Indigo in Milton, there are several others I would gravitate to like the Salmon with plum jam and goat cheese polenta or the Braised Veal Osso Bucco with white bean cassoulet. But the Beef Tenderloin isn’t, which is why I’m so glad our server nudged us in this direction. The beef was so tender, I think you could have cut it with a fork and while I thought the Duck Rillette seemed like it would be too much meat, it was actually a perfect topping. I’ve never had steak like this before and it is definitely not the last time I’ll have this dish.
Not only was the food the delicious at Indigo, but even with the live jazz band in the bar, the noise level was still relatively low, which is one peeve I have about so many Atlanta restaurants. It isn’t fun to scream to your fellow diners when trying to enjoy dinner. The smart layout of Indigo ensures tables have privacy for an intimate conversation. Desserts are pretty sensational at Indigo restaurant too, so save room.
Disclosure: My meal at Indigo was complimentary, but the opinions expressed are my own.