Casual Dining at Fancy Restaurant prices. Note we have the lunch menu; dinner is largely the same at higher prices.
I hadn't been to Indigo in over 3 years, which seems impossible. I've thought about going there for lunch or dinner, but the prices are outlandish; I know what I'm getting there and I know it's not worth the price. But options are limited for breakfast, and this time of year is the perfect storm of comfortable morning weather and a lack of tourists; so it's a good time to take advantage of hotel dining. I remember being turned away once from a half-empty restaurant as they were holding the tables for guests.
An advantage of waking early is getting out before 8am when Las Olas is sleepy and even the breakfast restaurants are empty. The hostess who has been here forever wasn't here this morning; a dude just pointed indicating that I could sit where I wanted.
I ordered coffee; they don't give you the big $4 pot anymore; they've moved onto dainty little cups, which a finger hold so small that only tiny women could get their finger through it.
I'm not sure if the coffee was Cafes Richard coffee or they just use the cups, but the coffee was lousy. I ordered 2 over easy with pork sausage and rye toast; my regular breakfast. They have chicken sausage also so I made sure to specify that I wanted pork. It took about 10 minutes to come out.
They still haven't mastered the concept of over-easy as these were steamed in a small skillet; but they still have the good pork sausage. The potatoes are "Roasted", which is "healthier" but not as good as sauteed. Good rye bread. A perfectly satisfactory breakfast.
Service here continues to be professional but Barney Rubbleish; the same dude brought me 2 checks; apparently forgetting that he already has dropped one off. Harmless, if not entertaining.
They're not charging $4 for coffee anymore, which is a good thing. The bill came to $13.26; not diner priced, but at this time of year, a delightful spot for breakfast on the Boulevard.
Indigo is a restaurant in the Riverside Hotel with an indoor dining room as well as tables on a large outdoor patio. When you're on Las Olas, you might not even realize that this is part of the hotel. The Las Olas entrance to the hotel sits between Indigo and the Golden Lyon, which is the bar in the Hotel that also has a small outdoor area.
I haven't been to Indigo for breakfast in over a year. I wouldn't eat lunch or dinner here, mainly because their execution is so spotty and prices too high for what you get. It is, after all, a hotel; the difference with this one is that there are many better restaurants just steps away. Their lunch and dinner menus have changed; they've moved away from their previous Indonesian fusion in favor of some more traditional and more palatable choices, such as salmon.
For breakfast on Las Olas, your choices for outdoor dining are limited, and this time of year its real nice in the morning. Before 10am there's limited traffic on the Boulevard, the the view is quite nice.
They've changed the menus and added some interesting items, but they've also raised their prices. The price raise isn't apparent initially; there's apparently a trend in restaurants to not mention the price of coffee on the menu, and then sticking you with a $4.00 charge on the bill. Luckily you're reading this so you can just pick up a superior Illy coffee at Gran Forno Pronto next door before sitting down.
For breakfast I ordered 2 over medium with sausage and Rye toast; my usual.
Since the last time I was here, they've change both the sausage and the potatoes. They used to have skinny sausages reminiscent of Jones links; they now have large, plump sagey sausages that are much better. Their potatoes used to be a dice with onions and peppers; now they serve red potato wedges with skin on simply cooked with onions. They're good, but its a measly portion. As usual their eggs are a bit wonky; I'll guess that they cover the eggs rather than flip them, but you really can't ruin eggs as long as you don't break the yolk.
Service seemed a bit better than last time; they come by regularly to ask if you want more coffee and they seem to have someone watching the outside to see if anyone needs service. Previously if you had a late breakfast you could sit there until lunchtime waiting for someone to process your check.
On the surface the $12 for eggs with sausage doesn't seem that bad, but when you add $4 for pedestrian coffee it really begins to resemble the gouging down by the beach. Breakfast at Steak 954 was only $1 more. So Cafe Le Bonne Crepe remains a superior choice if you don't mind walking a block and a half.