- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 19, 2004

Restaurant owners always send out too many invitations to their grand opening events because they’re afraid not enough people are going to show up. Such fears were once again disproved Saturday night when Indie Blue threw open its doors to more than one thousand guests.

The young, the trendy and the chic trekked downtown to 707 G St. NW to inspect the hot new eatery’s cabernet and ivory linen-covered walls, paprika and saffron leather banquettes and peek-a-boo rotating chef’s table as fan dancers, mimes and painted ladies traversed the stairwells connecting the main floor bar and lounge areas with the upstairs dining room overlooking the National Portrait Gallery.

Lilliputian towers of lobster and lump crab, roasted pork samosas and not-so-baby lamb chops kept the ravenous fat wallet set at bay in between cell phone calls and lengthy waits while overwhelmed bartenders struggled to shake, mix and stir all manner of exotic drinks.

“We want to be casual and formal at the same time,” managing partner Arjun Rishi said before explaining the restaurant’s high-end “French food with Indian accents” cuisine by master chef Vikram Garg.

Those cordially uninvited to the launch can sample foie gras with rose petal marmalade, shrimp beignet on red onion chutney and veal tenderloin with port-glazed madras onions when the restaurant opens tomorrow.

— Kevin Chaffee

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