During a recent trip to Indianapolis, Indiana we had the opportunity to try a few new things. A new hotel, a new brewery and a new restaurant, Tiger Lilly Restaurant. Mr. Money Saving Parent will share the beer review over at Great Beer Now, while I get to enjoy the restaurant review with you here at Money Saving Parent.
Just the facts . . .
Tiger Lilly Restaurant is located at 1146 W. 86th St. Indianapolis, IN and is their hours are 11AM- 8PM. Now on the good stuff, like food, service, selection, seating.
When we arrived, they had just opened, which was a good thing because we found out later that at lunch time the line can go out the door. That’s how good the food is. Located in a strip mall it’s nice to be able to pull right up and even get a few other errands ran, but there is also additional parking not just in front of the building.
Worried about my gadgets, we took a seat along the wall where they graciously allowed me to set up a charging station. Our server was ready to go, even though as I mentioned they had barely opened the doors. She was gracious and offered up the daily specials with a smile as well as answered all our questions knowledgeably.
We selected from the lunch menu from the children, because honestly they prefer the adult “dinners more and with this type of food we find ourselves eating family style with everything in the middle and sharing. As soon as the 8 year old saw steamed dumplings and crab rangoons there we no doubt how we would start our meal.
The children ordered Orange Chicken and Chicken Lo Mein. Let’s start with the Orange Chicken, The meat was cooked to perfection and tender. Sometimes it can be over cooked and the breading almost burnt and crunchy but not so here! There was a cool zest of orange a little bit of spice (You can order it hotter if you like) and steamed rice on the side. We found that every lunch menu meal comes with a crab rangoon (she ate hers and her sisters) and an spring roll (okay I admit it I ate one of those, Mr. Money Saving Parent took the other). Pictured below is the lunch portion of Cashew Chicken. Look at the carrots and Broccolli and I loved the the sauce was not overwhelming. Just enough to add flavor but not drowning out the tastes on our vegetables and chicken.
The dinner portions were just the right size and just as delicious. I think what really stood out to me at this restaurant was that I could actually taste the flavors of the food. Not just the seasonings, but I could taste the meats and vegetables too and they were not “smushy” vegetables. They were cooked, but crisp and very fresh, and that’s important to me. The meat was tender and flavorful, and I didn’t even need a knife to cut it. The rice was fluffy and flavorful and disappeared as quickly as the food did.
We have quite possibly done all the damage we can do here and we actually have a little bit to take with us on the road but I do want to mention their signature dishes Korean Bulgogi (I must have this recipe -it’s too hard to travel to Indy just to get this dish) and the Tiger Lilly Chicken Salad. If you don’t care for spicy foods, then you may want to stick with the Tiger Lilly Beef, Mr. Money Saving Parent very much enjoyed his. The chicken salad was wonderful, with fresh crisp vegetables and the flavors were from the foods and seasonings, not from a salad dressing. Nothing “hidden” about this salad. I recommend it as a starter.
There was no room for dessert and for drinks we stuck to the basics of iced tea. It was a pretty warm day and hot tea was just not appealing to us. Apparently we brought the heat from Houston with us.
Overall, this family owned restaurant with it’s professionally trained chef maybe small on the outside but it’s big on taste and exceptional service on the inside.