Quite the ‘Indulgence’ - Enjoy big taste from small restaurant

Enjoy big taste from small restaurant

The adage that good things come in small packages certainly applies to Indulgence Restaurant.

Tucked in the rear of a shopping center anchored by Hi Nabor, the eatery offers just 11 tables for four, with a couple more tables outside. Decor is modern and stream-lined, with gray and cream-colored walls and black floors. Five vertical abstract paintings dominate one wall, and upholstered stools line the small bar.

Assata, our server, promptly took drink orders and gave us time to look over the varied menu which fuses cuisine from the Caribbean, Louisiana, Asia and Mexico.

The jerk chicken Cobb salad ($13.90) was a massive bowl of field greens tossed with red onions, beans, bacon, boiled egg, peas, tomatoes, carrots and red bell pepper. Atop the mix were strips of jerk chicken confit, the chicken juicy and infused with traditional, slightly spicy Jamaican seasonings. A spicy ranch dressing finished off this quite fresh and flavorful salad with, of course, plenty to take home for later.

Indulgence’s spin on chicken and waffles ($15.75) was likewise a hit. The large Belgian waffle was sprinkled with herbs and topped with a delicious, juicy chicken breast with jerk seasoning in its crispy, slightly blackened coating. The chicken was topped with a mound of chopped pecans and two small containers of homemade syrup were served on the side.

We took home a sandwich called The Priestess ($12.50). Served with a pile of fries, the hoagie style bun held strips of lean, grilled steak, bell peppers and caramelized onions, topped with cilantro, blue cheese and a chipotle remoulade. The cheese really added to a distinct flavor to this sandwich, which held up well in travel.

The bread pudding of the month was apple caramel ($9). The dense pudding featured chunks of apple and a sweet caramel topping. Tasty, but a tad dry, it really wasn’t worth the price.

Before we left, the chef stopped by our table to see how we liked our meal — a small gesture, but another “good thing” about Indulgence.