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Above-average neighborhood Thai and sushi spot, now with a full bar.

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Indie Cafe serves Thai and Japanese food above average in terms of quality, presentation, and value. The Andaman Salad, for instance—a substantial melange of steamed shrimp, succulent scallops, and calamari tossed with red onion, shredded carrots, and a sauce made with lemongrass, lime, and hot peppers—perfectly balances sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy. The richness of the red curry and the subtle sweetness of the coconut milk in the Indie Signature Curry are likewise exquisitely counterpoised—it's tempting to slurp the leftover sauce straight from the bowl when you're done with the tender chunks of beef and potato. The sushi is delicious too. The Volcano Roll is nori rolled tight around thick slices of smoked salmon, yellowtail, crab, and octopus, with a luscious spicy mayo and speckles of bright red sriracha hot sauce on top. The individual nigiri, two to an order, are fresh, generous cuts of fish on delicately seasoned rice pillows. Everything is arranged beautifully: maki slices stand in a circle next to tiny mountains of ginger and wasabi and swirls of spicy mayo dotted with black sesame seeds; curries have sprigs of greens jutting out at acute angles and frilly herb garnishes. While still BYO, Indie Cafe has added a full bar, with lists for wine and sake.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa

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