Review: Black MarketAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
922 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
With the addition of Mesh and Ball and Biscuit, Massachusetts Avenue has me making a few more trips downtown to get my eat and drink on. I was told by a friend that I should give it a try and that they really liked it. I was encouraged, approached it with high hopes and was ready to start a fun night out on the town.
Black Market is tucked in right against I-65. I am not going to say that it is difficult to find, but you will probably need to be looking for it. The décor is nice, very woody and comfortable. A long rectangular table is right in the center of the restaurant that probably holds twenty people, however, there are separate tables just in case you need a top secret conversation – 0r you are trying to spit some game at your date, I was trying the later of the two.
What I Ate: Trout and daily special Rigatoni. I don’t remember the exact prices, but my trout was around $20 and the Rigatoni was around $18.
The trout (served skin side up) was cooked well and a nice sized piece. However, I found it to be pretty bland as and could’ve used a salt and pepper shaker. I didn’t feel as if there was any creativity here. It was paired with an arugula salad, but again, nothing special.
The rigatoni had mozzarella cheese, basil roasted figs and croutons in it. I didn’t really care for this dish and my date didn’t love it either. I am more than content with a pasta that is lightly sauced, but this was kind of a brothy sauce that was bland and flavorless. The noodles were cooked well, the cheese wasn’t bad, but nothing really worked for me here. The croutons were good with a little crunch and a little give, so I will give it that. However, I didn’t feel like the croutons were a good match for the pasta.
Would I Buy It Again? I will give it another try, but it will be a while. I enjoyed the restaurant, the service was good, but the food wasn’t there. I really wanted to like Black Market, but I was disappointed and confused to see a mismatched menu that carried through to the plate. I walked away having very little clue on what they are trying to achieve as a restaurant. With a little more focus and execution, Black Market could easily be one of my favorite places in town.