Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Indigo

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If you haven’t heard the buzz in the last week, Indigo — the Eurasian restaurant in Chinatown that had been closed due to a fire — has not just reopened, but has a new menu. When a locker room fire damaged the restaurant three months ago, owner/chef Glenn Chu wasn’t sure if he would re-open. Personal and financial challenges made him reassess his business, and he even had a bit of a garage sale where he sold off a lot of equipment.

Well, he’s back, now with the help of chefs Bob McGee (yes, that Bob McGee) and Dave Cruz (of the musical Cruz family, number three of 12). Their names are on the menu, but if you ask any of them if they’re the new/executive/full-time chef, they define Bob and Dave as chef consultants. They won’t admit to being there long term, as they have other projects going, but will say they’re committed, creatively, to Indigo for the long haul. Here’s a quick chat with them after lunch service yesterday:

Glenn took us through the restaurant to show us some of the new physical changes while talking about how he got to this point in re-opening. Visit HawaiiIRL.com to see more!

Indigo is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. The lunch buffet ($15.95) is still available, now in the Green Room. Most of the menu has been revamped, although Glenn has kept influences from the previous favorites, like the sauces and spices. Since it’s only been open for three days, the menu will probably undergo a few more tweaks — the lunch menu prices, in fact, are already changed — but you can get a taste of the direction they’re moving with the items we tried, below. Items are listed with the lunch price first, then the dinner price.

Indigo

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Look what's cooking at Indigo! From left: Glenn Chu, Bob McGee, and Dave Cruz talking story after lunch service.

Indigo
1121 Nuuanu Ave.
808-521-2900

5 comments
Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Are the changes for the better, i.e., the fuud is much better in taste and quality from before?  The ambiance appears much lighter and less congested which makes for a better dining experience.

Grant Shindo
Grant Shindo

Did they reveal details about the lunch buffet? Would be interesting to see what changes are made to that lineup.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave hmmmm depends on what you mean by better? Did you not like the taste & quality before? I liked before & after but it's like apples & oranges IMHO. The waitstaff is also really really good. I remember a long time ago—several years, maybe?—there was one really strange busboy. They are all normal now. LOL.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Grant Shindo I took a few shots yesterday here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27533018@N04/sets/72157634344641826/ but I couldn't get a good overall buffet shot because the lunchers were already attacking it! I only had the lunch buffet once (maybe twice) under the old menu and I could swear it was more vegetarian, whereas this one looks like there's more protein choices. 

Grant Shindo
Grant Shindo

@Melissa808 the buffet before was very vegetarian with a heavy emphasis on vinegar and fish sauce. it was a bright and tasty change to the normal downtown plate lunch. thanks for the gallery!

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