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Posted by anonymous on 04/18/2011
This food may be expensive, the place may be packed and the food may take a while to come out. But there are reasons for these things. The food is made with the most high quality ingredients (expensive), everyone enjoys the atmosphere and loves it there (the place is packed) and the fact that the food takes a little longer to come out is only because the cook puts so much love into it. My children only like eating chicken fingers, grilled cheese and fries so I was very nervous about taking them with my husband. I was surprised at the end of the night when my oldest daughter (8) said she wanted to go back. They didn't have good food, they had great food!
Posted by Liz on 03/09/2010
My best friend suggested we head to Indochine last night for drinks and dinner. Neither one of us have dinned at this restaurant before however she read about it recently and wanted us to try it. Upon arriving we were told by the hostess that there were no tables available (we did not make reservations). She pointed to a small booth-like table to the right of the bar and said that we can order drinks and food (from the bar) or wait an hour for seating (which she stressed was not guaranteed). Ok, this is understandable as we did not have reservations and it was a Saturday night. We walked over and sat down for about 15 minutes or so and realized that no one had payed us the least bit of attention. As a result we flagged down a waitstaff in order to get a menu. We proceeded to order drinks from the bar while we perused the menu. While doing so, we noticed that a couple was escorted to a nearby booth behind us, by the hostess, given menus, and told that there was no tables available however she will try her best to secure one for them as soon as possible. Apparently they did not have reservations but clearly they received much better service than we did. To make a long story short, we ordered our appetizers and entrees at the bar. My salmon was a bit cold when it finally arrived but for the most part the food was acceptable. The bartender was the only saving grace, He was very gracious and pleasant. Suffice to say I will not be dinning at this restaurant ever again nor recommending it to any friends. I believe the management staff at Indochine clearly does not believe in good customer service for ALL their customers.
Posted by anonymous on 02/05/2010
I went to Indochine for Restaurant Week. It was an amazing dining experience. From the moment we sat down the service was perfect. The entire staff paid attention to every detail (our water glasses were never empty). We did not feel rushed at all--in fact after two and a half hours at the table, we had to ask for our check. Oh, and the food--simply fantastic. Inventive ideas presented beautifully and prepared exactly how we ordered. We each got the crab cakes, and then the salmon, flank steak and Cornish hen..each were delicious with an abundance of veggies! Oh, and the drinks...amazing. I cannot even tell you how many Blood Orange Cosmos I had but each one was great!!! The ONLY negative thing about this dinner was that it ended! I highly suggest this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience..I will certainly be returning!!
Posted by seasoned NYC diner on 11/29/2009
just ate there for the umteenth time. the consistency is amazing and the service was provided by an atractive, pleasant and attentive staff. there was people watching to be done at this place but it was a good eclectic mix or new yorkers - not skewed on the "yuppi" side.one can't really go wrong with almost any of the dishes. my favorite app is the ravioli or the summer roll, grilled eggplant is great too.salmon and the amok stand out. all the rice dishes are good but i prefer the house rice. i cant understand how a previous reviewer spent 150.00 per head! a bit of an exaggeration and complained about re using perfectly good chop sticks throught the meal --save a tree! as for a good Australian wine at 49.00. stay at home. screw tops are common and work better than cork. I disagree with the two sour grape reviews that are listed on the same date 3/15/09. sounds like they were the same table.off night for the patron or the restaurant. nothing that i ever experienced there over the many years....
Posted by Andy & Elena on 03/15/2009
A cross between an overpriced, deafeningly loud, Yuppi restaurant and a Mott street basement chop suey house. Once you get past the average food, overpriced wine (a 2008 $49 bottle of South African chardonnay with a screwtop) you get to the heart of the matter. Why would a restaurant that charges $ 150 for dinner use wooden chopsticks (the kind that come in a paper sleeve and you break apart) and why would the wait staff not replace the wooden utensils between courses? Rather the same chopsticks are removed from the appetizer plate and placed on the table for use when the entree arrives (one of the 8 entrees for our party never arrived). Only young, foolish, need to be seen New Yorkers could love this place.
Posted by TW on 03/15/2009
First things first. When you are paying $20+ for an entree they should provide you with chopsticks worth more than 2 cents. Packaged wooden chopsticks? Good job management. All the food is extremely salty and many of the dishes are not prepared like the description on the menu . Ordered the seared lamb loin appetizer which came out cut into shreds and completely cooked through. had so much salt that it made my mouth dry. Ordered the spicy shrimp entree which was $25. I go to a local thai restaurant and get the same thing which more shrimp of the same size for less than half the price. And lets talk about the service or lack there of. When you order an entree you expect it to come. one of the people oredered a cornish hen entree which they apparently forgot and came out 15 min after the rest of our meals. Wouldnt you offer to take that off the check ? Nope...nothing was said other than sorry and it will be out shortly. I'm still so pissed about this experience that i cant even write a decent negative review. Just an overpriced Thai infusion BS restaurant.
Posted by JD on 02/23/2009
Consistently good... amazing food, beautiful crew, great service and atmosphere. Chill yet a-list crowd every night. Can't go wrong with Indochine.