Indigo Grill revisit for Cohn Anniversary Week

It was Cohn anniversary week so we couldn't help but take advantage of the super pricing! Dennis really wanted Indigo Grill so we made a reservation at this southwest fusion restaurant.

The special anniversay pricing is $20.14 for a 3 course meal with a shared dessert.

For one of the appetizers, we selected the Spinach Salad. The salad dressing was very bland and there were crunchy pepitas on top which made it taste like an everything bagel. The corn fritters were lukewarm, softer and a bit dough-y.

The Roasted Butternut Squash Soup on the other hand was a really good curried squash with some "dangerous" beet sauce (as our waiter proclaimed it). He said "Don't get that stuff on your clothes because it will stain!" The thick puree gave us that nice warm toasty feeling (like on one of those cold days) and the seeds complimented it with a crunch. The corn on its own had a flavor that I wasn't particularly fond of, maybe like a chile influence, but mixed in the soup gave it a nice chew.

For our main course, I ordered the Alderwood Plank Salmon. We were near the brick ovens and every time salmon was being cooked, we could really smell the smoky plank. I dove into the thin side of the salmon which had a delicious sweet seared section but as I got more into the thicker parts, the flavor did not penetrate as much. Overall, it was relatively moist for salmon but not a standout dish. The ink squid pasta was not seasoned well either. It tasted like a big gritty cheesy mess. I seem to remember a much better version from a few years ago but just haven't had it since. In the middle was pico de gallo which I usually dont eat.

Our one upgraded dish was the Kaffir Lime Duck (for an additional $10). It was very succulent and moist throughout the cut. It went well with the cheese and glaze too. There was a side vinegar based dip that helped minimize any of the salty glaze (when alone) but gave it a new flavor bearing at the end of the dish. There was also plenty of duck meat on the platter. The battered baked goat cheese risotto cake on the left was very salty on the outside, even when mixed with the creamier chewy inside of it. The spinach salad was similar to the appetizer but without the onions so I thought it was a little better.

Last of all was the Rainforest Sorbet. It's a very standard dessert they serve here which is a great finisher following all the rich foods we had earlier. We decided to pass on the heavier chocolate pistachio torte option.

The portions seem to have shrunk a little from the previous years but they are still ridiculously filling. I did a little googling and found a news article that confirmed the smaller size portions. I think I read somewhere that they might be changing the menu too, so we'd be curious to come back to come back to see what has changed! I'm sure we'll be visiting at least two restaurants during next year's anniversary week but I'm considering branching out from our staples of Indigo Grill and The Prado!

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Indigo Grill
1536 India St
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 234-6802

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:20am

I love the presentation on all of the dishes you tried - especially the soup! That line of "dangerous" sauce is very striking! It's also a great price for a three course meal, that's for sure.

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:29am

i love it when restaurants have beautiful AND tasty food! that's the way it should always be. the anniversary week price is also better than the san diego restaurant week prices ($35) so this is a steal of a deal!

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:07am

That is such a great deal for $20.14! Do they also participate in Restaurant Week or was the $20.14 earlier this year? I always think they 'sucker us' with the upgrades. But the duck does look delicious. I'm not surprised by the smaller portions though :(

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:50am

Cohn anniversary week is around the first week of January. They also participate in San Diego Restaurant week starting mid january but with higher prices per SDRW. Since it is so close to anniversary week, we save at least $10 doing this one and explore other restaurants during SDRW.

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