1146 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260
Tiger Lily is new to the scene. It is in the same place as Hunan was, between Ditch and Meridian on 86th Street. Reviews on UrbanSpoon have been really solid and Indy Grub Review liked it as well. The interior was comfortable and the staff was very attentive and welcoming. So far, so good. The lunch menu was a nice mix of something new and something old. If you like Chinese food, you can easily find your favorites here and a few of their own creations.
What I Ate: Schezuan Beef; 7.00 Included is an spring roll and crab rangoon.
The crab rangoon was good, but nothing to write home about. The spring roll was interesting. There were very small pieces of veggies inside and it was a little doughy. I didn’t really care for it that much. Also, they appear to be full size on the pic, but the spring roll is two bites and the same with the crab rangoon.
However, the sweet and sour and spicy mustard were really good. They make the sweet and sour there and you can tell…probably the best that I have had. I would buy the sweet and sour if they packaged it. They do need to ditch the low rent ketchup and mustard bottles.
Next up was the Schezuan Beef. The veggies of celery,carrot, onion and mushrooms were fresh and delicately cut with very consistent slices. Notice that you do not see any oil on the plate, which I was glad to see. The beef was a better quality as well and it was really flavorful with almost a crispiness on the outside. I had one mushroom that was not cooked as much as I wanted it to be, but otherwise this dish was really good. It easily exceeded my expectations.
All positive so far….well, not so fast. If you read the blog, you know that I am not a light eater. The portion size is a lot smaller than any competition. I am sure that it is a portion that “we should be eating”, but I was starving and I was looking for a lunch that would fill me up. This will probably make you lose your hunger, but not fill up the majority of people…especially my friends.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes and No. Their food is good, really good actually. It was a very refined version of a classic, the service was awesome and this just tasted fresh. However, they need to revamp their lunch menu. Have the option to add on soup for $1-$2 or a larger lunch portion for $2.00 more. I don’t care how you price it, but they need to find a way to put a little more food on the plate. I can do two blocks away and get Sesame’s Schezuan Beef for $4.75 with a cup of soup.
With all that being said, I was surprised how good the food was. I would love for this place to do well as it is nice enough for a weeknight date and casual at the same time. I am going to go back for dinner and see what my wife thinks…