What's In Store at Indigo Landing

At a press dinner last night at the new Indigo Landing, I got to sample some of the low-country cooking that chef Bryan Moscatello (pictured) has created for the revamped restaurant.

But to start, let me say that if you've never been to the marina where Indigo Landing is located, you should go. The view, especially as the setting sun turns the skyline pink, may be one of the most tranquil in the area (between the rumble of jets departing National Airport that is). The fact that there's now a worthwhile restaurant on the premises as well makes it even easier to justify a trip.

Whether you're parking your sailboat in the free slips or coming out for a special occasion, here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to: a rich and creamy she crab soup topped with sherry crema, fluffy hush puppies studded with foie gras and perfectly grilled black grouper with vidalia onion rings and a mussel barbecue sauce. A few preview-sized portions of other dishes also indicated good things--a sample of the oyster cobb salad offered a nicely fried oyster, still plump and briny on the inside, and a spoonful of shrimp and grits was enhanced by bacon, leeks, mushrooms and sage jus.

For dessert, we had banana pudding, a down-home Southern staple often served out of Styrofoam cups, that Indigo Landing takes uptown with a lightly browned meringue topping and a smooth texture with nary a Nilla wafer in sight.

The outdoor bar seats caught my eye, and I made a mental note to come back this summer for a leisurely afternoon snack of pimento cheese sliders and fried green tomatoes.

You can check out Tom Sietsema's take on the new restaurant here.


Rick Davi said...

Had dinner at Indigo on Saturday. Between the gray hairs and the prom crowd, and "Dancing Queen" by Abba blasting in the bar area, Indigo does not seem to know what it is or who it wants to attract. It may be a new restaurant but clearly it's getting the same tired crowd of boat owners and first daters, with a sprinkling of the hipper Zola crowd wondering what kind of place they stepped into. Kudos to the food, however.
I'd go back, but for drinks and appetizers on the deck.

Amanda said...

Yeah, I think it's challenging for a place to reinvent itself, but I think if the food is good, word will spread. The location/view will always attract people who may not care all that much about the food, but I see the view being a bonus for the people who are interested in the new chef and what he has to offer.

Anonymous said...

i haven't gone yet, but i look forward to checking it out. i have been to the space when it was something else, and it was horrible, but it should be nice to have the view and good food too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for post on Indigo Landing. I checked out the place this week. The service and food were both off. Our server was a klutz incapable of apologizing for his sloppy service and the shrimp of the shrimp and grits were hard. Despite that, I still might come again for drinks at the indoor/outdoor bar.

Amanda said...

It's still a very new restaurant, so hopefully they'll settle into their groove soon. What else did you have?

Moyey said...

I had dinner there last month. I thought it was really outstanding. The "tower" of seafood was really wonderful.

We also found the service to be exceptionally professional. (There are detailed comments on my blog: moyey.blogspot.com)


Anonymous said...

Very best site. Keep working. Will return in the near future.

Anonymous said...

This place has more attitude then the White House. Don't waste your time or money. Everyone must have worked at Cafe Milano even if it was only for a week.

The only good think I can say about Indigo is about the view, but even the view is not worth being told when the place is absolutely empty you can't sit where you want to sit and two hours later the restauarnt is still empty. This was my expierence several times (I am not a glutton for punishment just optimistic.) I watch the same thing happen to many parties.