Short Review: The LibertineAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
38 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
I am calling this a short review because my memory got a little dicey after a bender. I was on double date and they have no clue that I write this blog, so I didn’t want to be snapping a ton of pics. Plus, it was pretty dark in the joint, so I didn’t want to bring more attention to myself in addition to my baby face and chiseled physique.
I ran through the three Tequila drinks on the menu. I apologize for the lack of description, but again…bender, lack of notes, etc.
*Paloma Smash; $10. Sold by our server as “if you like a Margarita, you will like this.” Not the case at all. I love Margaritas (not from a mix type) and I hated this drink. The worst of all the drinks I had (over six drinks tested). None else at the table liked it either.
The other two tequila drinks were very good. The Nouveau Carre ($11) and the Gringo Reform ($11) were both winners. The one with the egg yolks was my favorite. The Pimms Cup ($10) was a favorite at the table and I was fond of it as well. I drank most of my date’s order here.
A little bit of this and that. Some really good bites in here.
*Hamachi Carpaccio; $11. Held over from L’exploutour, I am glad to see it again. As good as I remember it.
*Deviled Eggs; $8. Didn’t love any of these, but I like the idea of them on the menu.
*Porchetta Sandwich; $13. Get this and…you’re welcome.
*Sloppy Joe; $9. Sloppy in execution. Nothing special, but on a pretzel roll. I liked that part of it.
*BBQ Ribs; $10. Three bones and an awesome cole slaw with it. The ribs were tender, but the sauce could’ve used a little heat. Cole slaw should be added in some additional places on the menu.
*Tomato Terrine; $8. By far my favorite thing on the menu. Great presentation and horseradish with tomato, who knew?! It was really really good. I mean, really good.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes. A pretty much pointless post here, but I have heard from friends that they wait to go to places until I post it. Go figure? For the record, go and try it. I really liked a few items here and there were a few that I didn’t care for at all. However, the presentation and originality were kept at a high level.
This is the first week and the servers didn’t have a tight grasp on some of the drinks, though they were proficient. I would like to for the menu to help pair some of the food and drinks together. Also, the food menu is a bit over the place. While I appericate the opportunity to put a sloppy joe right next to beef tartar, there is a touch of “jack of all trades, master of none” going on.
Overall this is a good concept, good location and a very solid start. I’m looking forward to seeing Libertine hit full stride.