Indianapolis has recently blossomed with new and exciting restaurants. Black Market is one of them. It is not a place to filll up on standard fare and starchy foods. You gotta go there when you want something special. The restaurant appears to satisfy the theater crowd (lots of people running around in black - lol). It is a trendy restaurant tucked away at the end of Massachusetts Ave. The building is a little small in comparison to the demand it requires. We were told that the wait was about an hour (Friday night).So...... my wife and I cozied up to their bar, ordered from their well-stocked wine and beer menu, and the time flew by.
The staff was very friendly and professional. Kirsten, our server, did a super job at describing the fare. My wife had the braised pork chop with a maple glaze and cheddar grits. She allowed me to sample them. Although I'm not a big grits fan, I was startled by the flavor (Fantastic Surprise #1).
Normally, I gravitate to the major steak dishes to satisfy my gastro needs. However, being in a special place, I decided to become adventurous and ordered a non-standard item for appetizer- Beef tongue and heart. Surprisingly, it did not have and overpowering taste like liver. It was offset by a salad (I think it was balsamic) that successfully balanced the experience.
One of the main reasons I wanted to write this review was my choice of main dish. I ordered the mussels in a currry sauce. Originally, this dish was described as an appetizer, but should be noted as a main dish.The blend of curry and other spices satisfied me better than a steak. (Fantastic Surprise #2).
By the end of the dinner, we were greeted by the main chef, who verified that our needs were met. The final bill was relatively smaller than we expected.
Overall, the experience was excellent. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something a little different.
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