eating indie in indy

Courses Restaurant 2820 N. Meridian St.

The summer session for the culinary School at Ivy Tech started a few weeks back. Their first offering was a Spanish tapas buffet. I had plans on going but I was unable at the last-minute. So when I saw their Southeast menu online I knew Pat and I had to go.

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One of the reasons this place is so unique is that you can get a 3 course meal for $12. That is what you would pay for a burger and fries at a lot of restaurants. Pat opted for the spring roll appetizer and the stir-fry entrée, and a cup of Cherry tea; in his own little teapot.

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For the sake of presentation they abbreviated the dipping sauce by making it a concentrated squiggle. Pat even got a choice of shrimp or pork in his roll.courses 128

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I decided on the Pho appetizer and the Pad Thai as my main course.

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This was a nice bowl of beefy broth filled with meat and noodles. The aroma was a good indicator of the taste to come, even though the presentation made the eating of it a bit problematic.

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Notice the 2 spoons. One was filled with Hoisin sauce,the other with Sriracha. You can see the predicament. They decided to condense the presentation by replacing the traditional “toppings” with the 2 sauces. A bit awkward at first but everything worked out.

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This was such a fun dish.Loaded with vegetables and noodles each bite was a tasty surprise.

At the end of lunch they gave us a choice of deserts. A dish of fresh mango with whipped cream or sweetened black rice with coconut cream. We got one of each.

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Notice the eatable flower. Now many joints do you go to that use eatable flowers for garnish?

This was nice and light,and I am sure it is healthy as well.

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The rice dish was really good. It had a slight tooth and very reminiscent of rice pudding, a dish I really enjoy. I think that was my favorite of the two,and the grilled pineapple slice was a nice touch as well.

I am not sure how long the summer session runs but they serve lunch Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 12:15. They also have a dinner service on Thursday nights. Something I have not been able to get to yet. After their Southeast Asian tour they go back to Classical French. And as always any tips go to a general scholarship fund.

One more thing that is special about this place is the view of Indianapolis.

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4 responses

  1. Good heavens, Benson, what a phenomenal feast the two of you had! With each consecutive description and picture, I was drawn more into the time and effort of the meal. The school appears to be ticking off all the boxes – lovely presentation, great taste, and a wonderful price.
    I would have loved to have seen what they did for the tapas meal. I hope the opportunity comes around again to give that menu a go.
    Now craving Pho …
    Cheers

    July 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    • Well I was told next year they would have the same opportunity. Alas I don’t plan ahead. Hell I don’t even buy green bananas

      July 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  2. You ate art! What a feast (literally) for the eyes. And what great, sharp pics this time!

    July 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    • Thanks.Those guys at the school do work hard on their presentation. So I try to do them justice.

      July 8, 2015 at 10:09 pm

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