I dined at Indaba a few weeks ago with a few friends. Having read the reviews on here, and living very close we had to give it a go. We booked the day before (for a Wednesday night) and glad we did as it was completely full when we got there.
Its in a very unassuming location, right on Toll Cross, with nothing really around it, but don’t be fooled, what it lacks in ambiance of the surrounds it makes up for in charm, cuisine and service.
Arriving we were seated at a very normal sized table for 4 people. Don’t believe the reviews that say these are small tables, I mean, come on, who really complains about the size of a table? We were quickly served by a lovely waitress who brought out a specials board and took us through the mouthwatering culinary delights they had to offer. We asked how many we should choose for 4 and was told around 12 dishes. Given many of the dishes were in the £5 range we thought this was quite reasonable so got to ordering.
We chose a bunch of staples for Spanish tapas (Spicy potatoes), such as patatas Bravas, Chorizo al la Plancha (pan fried chirzo), Croquetas
and went a little adventurous with some slightly different options such as Caraotas Negras con Pollo y Arroz - black beans, chicken and rice, Arepa – A south american corn patty thing that sort of resembles a mini burger, the Ribs and some of the specials such as a sweet lamb stew and an aubergine salad.
As with all good tapas restaurants it was not long before the delights started to hit our table. One after the other we devoured the delicious treats that came out. The ribs, most peoples fav on our table, were HUGE with the meat falling off the bone. Each dish that had a sauce was a triumph of flavor and spice levels, showing the care and attention of a great chef.
Lastly we ordered dessert. Two of use went for the “crying cake” and the other two shared the mixed dessert. When the crying cake came out, I instantly knew why it was called a crying cake, as my arteries were crying at the thought of all the yummy, gooey chocolately delight that was about to hit them. Imagine a lava cake, with 90% gooey chocolate center, only 3 times the size of a normal lava cake. I think a straw would have been a better way to eat it!!
All in all we loved the food and experience of Indaba. The service was first rate with friendly, passionate staff, wonderful imaginative food and a reasonable price to boot (Around £100 for four people including mains, dessert and two bottles of wine). We will be back for sure……if only for the crying cake….what’s that arteries, I can’t hear you, I am going back anyway!!
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