It was only two tables that filled the restaurant when we walked into indu restaurant, Amman’s InterContinental hotel in Jordan, one was about to finish and the other table for two was anxiously waiting for their order to arrive. The emptiness fills the Indian-Colonial’s style décor while we were waiting to get our table which was booked at 8pm. As there were only two staff on service, one of them was the “jack-of-all-trade” waiter dressed in traditional Indian’s butler outfit alike akin to one of the casted roles from a mid-century Maharaja movie who plays the role from the hostess to the runner as well as taking the order, serving and clearing. Since he was too busy running around and we were not within his eyesight and after a few minutes of waiting, we took the liberty to walk and sat ourselves down until he saw us and signaled he will be with us in no time.
The other ‘helper” was a gentleman in black suit who we assumed he is the manager of the restaurant or someone who is appointed to run around and look after the F&B outlets in the entire hotel as he was not there long enough to offer his service but disappeared in a blink of eye and left the other back to his solo role play. With the amount of diners in the restaurant, if Mr. Butler is capable in handling and controlling the flow and service of the restaurant, one-man-show is more than ideal to run the entire place without much flaws where such table service is straight forward and need not require any of those Downton Abbey’s meticulous service. Unfortunately to our dismay, indu clearly needs more than Mr. Butler to keep sailing smooth.
In indu, you will possibly find truly spicy flavor and appetizing aromas that promises a culinary adventure of traditional Indian food. Don’t you dare ask any Indian chef to cut down the spices used in their cooking as multiple spices (hot & spicy mainly) used in Indian cooking is the soul in their tradition to create such rich and sumptuous gastronomy. Indian food is quite rich in flavor and also can easily fill your stomach with a few good bites. After a fabulous afternoon tea at the InterContinental Club Lounge, we decided not to over indulge ourselves by ordering just four dishes to share from their well designed menu that tick all boxes.
Thin, crisp, disc-shaped and seasoned Papadum (lentil crackers) made from peeled black gram flour, fried to its light crisp are best dip with accompanied assorted chutney.
We skipped the appetizer despite Indian cuisine being known for its fried snacks to begin your meal and since Indian salads are traditionally served with main dishes, we picked the Aloo Chat potato salad marinated with tomato, onion and fresh coriander tossed in Indian dressing. When it comes to salad, simplicity is the best and it was quite tasty.
Seafood plays an integral role in Goan cuisine. Goa, located along India’s west coast, has been serving the best seafood recipes for thousands of years. This shrimp Masala presented in garlic, onion and tomato Masala sauce is our all time favorite and being one of the signature dishes in Goan’s cooking with a hint of Portuguese influence, this sensational rich dish is a must order in any good Indian restaurant that does Goan’s style cooking. This was a highlight for the meal for us!
Another triumphant dish that was prepared with finesse by their Indian chef to ensure that the dish was delicately seasoned. The boneless chicken and spinach cooked with Indian spices and herbs was rich and best to dip and round up the gravy with some good bread.
The word biryani is derived from the Persian word berya(n) meaning “roasted”. Biryani is one of the most colorful dishes in Indian cuisine and each region has a different recipe with unique spices and ingredients. Just like the Italian, everyone makes their best pasta with their very own recipe. Lamb is often the star ingredient in Indian dishes, where each region has adapted its own unique cooking methods including barbecue, slow roast, simmer, grill and much more. The boneless lamb was cooked slowly in thick gravy with biryani rice, which was simply delicious, and you can eat it with or without any other condiments added.
Four dishes for two people to share in Indian food is somehow plenty as the bread mostly comes with unlimited serving to compliment the rice gravy served in most dishes. If you were not to mind the slow and inattentive service, indu is still the place to go for a true and honest traditional Indian meal with authenticity to satisfy your craving. You would agree to the generous serve and the spice that tickles you from each dish especially finding one in the city of Amman, Jordan.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Islamic College Street
Tel: +962 6 464 1361
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