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Sunday's review is of Indigma, which was one of the casualties of December's Park Plaza fire. The move across the street to 802 N. Charles St. is meant to be a temporary solution, but Tony Chemmanoor has fixed the place up real nice. My Thai, by the way, which was also lost in the fire, almost landed in similar fashion at the Brass Elephant, but the deal didn't go through.
For the record, Chemmanoor formerly owned another restaurant, Bombay Grill, in the same building at 802, but that was on the lower level. On the upper level was Tony Cheng's. The restaurant that preceded Indigma in the Park Plaza was named Saffron, which was also owned by Chemmanoor. It had an Asian fusion menu by Edward Kim.
Nearly all of this was originally in the first paragraph of the Indigma review along with a labored allusion to Thomas Hardy's "Return of the Native."
I wonder if my frustration with Indigma's menu had to do with how difficult it was making my job at hand. I thought about that a lot, and ultimately decided that the menu would have driven my crazy even if I didn't have to write about a representative meal at Indigma. If I seem, in the review, to have dwelled too much on the menu, and what I perceive as its deficiencies, it's because I think it's the main think standing in the way of Indigma being a key player in the Mount Vernon dining scene. And, frankly, Mount Vernon needs it.