Udupi Cafe

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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I like it. It is delicious. Unfortunately, it's not closer to my house. My favorite bread is the Batura.


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I am a regular at this cafe, and I love both the food and the service. Their assorted appetizers served with a variety of dipping sauces are a great start for a dinner party. The gobi manghuriani is magical, and the dosai are done to perfection.

The staff is conscientious, respectful and friendly. The manager Ramesh has only one desire - to serve his customers best by discovering their personal preferences, so he can guide them through the extensive menu to their most satisfying dishes. When you leave this restaurant he actually cares that you had the best meal possible to your tastes.


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*Note* I am changing my rating rom a 4 to an 8. The last time I was here, it was nothing remarkable, and even a dissapointment. However, we ended up going back and I am so glad we did. Knowing ahead of time that they want you to spend a lot of money made it easier to be more firm up front. I didn't know what a lot of the menu items would be, so I decided to just order random vegan food and be surprised. We got Iddly and samosas for appetizers - both were excellent. My husband got Aloo Gobi, which was very very good. I got something that started with a 'U', it was like a pancake (editor's note: utthapam) - a little like the spongy bread you get at Ethiopian places, but seemed to be fried - it came with really good sauces/chutneys. I ordered the plain, and would reccomend against the plain - it was good, but could have been better, and it's not really worth $5.50 for the plain. I think the 'extras' or 'toppings' would have been well worth the .50 cents extra. We also got the garlic bread and while it was pricey, it was very very good.

The Iddly with spices was good, and the Tomato Utthapam was alright, but seemed more greasy than it's plain counterpart - I'll have to remember to ask for very little grease next time....


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For Minnesota this is great Indian food. However, as far as South Indian food goes, the food is really only adequate. A lot of traditional spices are omitted and/or highly rationed, such as urad dal. Every dish I have had at Udupi Cafe, I have found better at every single Indian resturant in the Bay Area (California). Nothing at Udupi can compare. For example, the potato sabji is overcooked, has too much water, and lacks urad dal and curry leaves. It's like eating mashed potatoes with onions. Also, on another note. I refuse to go back to this restaurant because of the manager, Ramesh. He has rudely and rather creepily/disgustingly hit on me every single time I have been there and will not take "no" for an answer. If you go, beware.


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Absolutely amazing food. This place stands head and shoulders with some of the best Indian restaurants in the greater NYC area. The lunch buffets are a good deal. Saturday lunches can get really busy. The place was swamped the last time I went, with a line out the door when I left. Note: this is Southern Indian food (land of the dosas...), not the Bangladeshi fare a lot of places call Indian. For what it's worth, a friend mentioned that Udupi hired a new chef several months ago and that the food has improved dramatically since then. This may be why I was so impressed when I went (after the new cook arrived), while some of the older reviews on this list rate the food lower.


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This is definitely one of the BEST restaurants in the Twin Cities! This South Indian restaurant consistently serves up interesting and delicious food. The appetizer sampler platter and the channa batura are my favorites - very filling. I've been there at least 10 times or more and I've always found the service to be excellent. No one has ever pushed food or drinks on me and I can barely take a drink of water without someone coming over to refill my glass. This is very important when eating spicy food! Try their lunch buffet sometime which has a seemingly endless array of choices for a taste adventure. The prices are reasonable considering the food and service.


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The atmosphere is so cute and quaint. The staff is really nice, and there is a fire place in the dining room. Everything I tried was excellent (Assorted Appetizers including Medhu vada, masala vada, vegetable samosa, vegetable cutlet, and pakora. We also tried the vegetable korma, nauvatan korma and bisi bele bhath. All items are vegetarian so there are no chicken stock suprises or anything like that, and all the vegan dishes are labled right in the menu to make it simple and fool proof.


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The foods here are excellent, though a bit oily as many others noticed. I love the distinct taste my curry dish compare to other Indian restaurants. However, the service was just pure hilarious. The waiter didn't jot down our order (table of 3) and appeared professional enough not to forget our order. Unfortunately, he did. If I didn't ask again, I would have never had my mango juice, which seemed to come from a can (I noticed this because my body had a weird reaction - as if a muscular fatigue - usually when I drink juice from concentration with preservatives. However, I could be totally wrong) I also observed the bossiness to the point of hostility of the waiter staff toward a single busboy, a scene which didn't sit well with me.


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I love Udupi! Great food, great service. Mostly India people here - "authentic" and Hindu. Excellent, and reasaonble price. Go for the one of combinations, and come hungry!

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I always order something that I never eat otherwise (that I would have no idea how to cook at home) and everything I have had here has been very good! And the vegan items are really well-marked! The waiters have always been very nice. I didn't think they were pushy at all...maybe because I'm pretty firm about what I want and what I don't want. The only reason why I don't eat here more often is because it's too expensive for my budget and too far away from my place.


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I have not found another restaurant that is as adept at using spices as Udupi. The food is soooo flavorful and there are so many vegan options. It's slightly oily, but it doesn't bother me and I don't have an iron stomach at all. The staff is so friendly. Only one waiter pushes drinks/appetizers and you just have to say no. I recommend the baigan bartha (an eggplant curry), chole peshawari (chickpea curry), Gobi Manghuriani (breaded cauliflower - I would NEVER have ordered this because I'm not big on cauliflower, but someone suggested I just try it, and it is sooooo awesome), the chutneys, batura (huge steam-filled puffy bread), and the mixed vegetable pakora appetizer (I ask for it without the chilis). I do request everything mild, because the mild stuff is still quite spicy. They have a website you can look at: http://www.udupicafemn.com
My husband and I wish we'd known about them when we got married because they would've been our caterers for sure.


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Remember, this is a personal review!

The only thing I can eat without getting ill is the mango lassi. Yes, it is sad. Even the biryani gives me problems.

Typically, I have an iron gut, but my kryptonite is grease. I find Udupi to be very oily. You're forewarned.


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The food at Udupi is great...it's fragrant, colorful, spicy, amazing and SO MUCH to choose from from the menu but the staff tends to push the food and drinks. I've been there several times and it seems you have to remain pretty assertive or you can end up with a huge bill and way too much food with no clue how it happened. I highly recommend the appetizer platter. This is definately a place to bring a group and to share because there are so many flavors to taste. Big, puffy fresh baked breads, rice dishes, curries...yum! I'd avoid the desserts because they haven't been that impressive. This place is a treat. Check out the website because there is a menu with pictures of most things they serve.


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I really enjoy the food at Udupi. The owner and staff are a bit over-zealous about pushing bread and drinks - but when did that become an offense in the US of A? Just say no.

Plus they have an okra dish - scarce in the Twin Cities. Not as good as I've had elsewhere, and it is a freakish red color, but good none the less.

P.S. They won't spice the food unless you ask. The food is much better if you ask for more heat!


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Udupi is my favorite indian restaurant in the twin cities, and i think a lot of people consider it the best in the area. although the lunch buffet is good too, i'd recommend ordering off the menu, as your food will then enjoy a much more careful artistic attention, which is where indian food can really shine. and here it does indeed shine, down to the tamarind and mint sauces on the table -- even the simple condiments stand out as superior, and are delightfully varied. the servers do get a bit overzealous in wanting to order 'extras' like breads, pachadi, etc, for you. the restaurant overall may deserve an 8 or 9, but i am giving it a 10 because it is so distinctly eminent over the other boring indian places in the twin cities, and also because it is entirely vegetarian.

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Udupi is not the greatest Indian restaurant in the world, but it's definitely the best in the Twin Cities area. I've been there many, many times and the food is consistently rich and flavorful, but not too greasy. The service is always attentive, though it sometimes veers towards pushy.


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The food here gets a big OK from me. It's Indian, and thus good, but it's not the greatest. They also score points for being all vegetarian, but I don't really think it's worth the drive, and the expense to go there more than very occasionally.


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(As much as I love Udupi, be warned that their service isn't always the greatest.) The appetizer platter has lots of nummy choices on it. The dosai and batura are very good also. Vegan choices are pretty well marked.

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