Disclaimer: Indie's is neither officially nor unofficially related to that beloved Indiana Jones film series.
The modest facade, obscured by dark, half-drawn curtains and only a disk of light inscribed with the cafe's name, makes it easy to overlook the Indie Cafe. But the high quality, low-to-moderately priced sushi/Thai restaurant is worth a trip inside.
Though the interior decor is equally minimal, with a sparse line of paper lanterns leading you to the back like E.T. and Reece's Pieces, you'll find a serene, sophisticated ambiance settling into the small rectangular space. The detailed artistry that goes into the meal presentation, from ripples of sauce on the edge of a plate to black sesame seeds sprinkled atop single mounds of white rice, is a pleasant surprise. However, beware the nice, chunky silverware that has a tendency to slip off the table. Other than that, only the hit-or-miss music selection, ranging from smooth jazz to Liz Phair, can detract from Indie's overall composition.
First, pop into Dominick's a few doors down to take advantage of the BYOB option ($2 corkage fee per wine bottle, $1 per person if drinking beer; stemware provided). In terms of Thai, popular dishes include Drunken Noodles, flat noodles served with fresh basil, hot chili, broccoli, tomato and bean sprouts; a sweet, simple Rama Chicken, steamed rice topped with tender chicken and broccoli in creamy peanut sauce; Indie's Signature Mussamum curry with onion, peanut, potato and fresh herbs and spices; and for seafood lovers, the spicy Seafood Madness served in a light chili and wine sauce.
Indie spices up the sushi selection with a few unexpected maki combinations, such as Metallica, with scallops, spicy mayo, masago, avocado and black roe, and the V-Tempura, with sweet potato, asparagus tempura, mayo and eel sauce ($12 each). For dessert, clean your palate with some green tea or red bean ice cream. Indie Cafe does not take reservations.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman