Namaste Cafe

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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A friend and I went to this cafe last week. The food and the decor are amazing!
We got there before dinner, right when a shift change was happening so I'm not sure if that is why the service was a little slow paced, or if that's just how it is in a nice relaxing place like Namaste Cafe.

The menu is very good, with vegan and vegetarian options clearly marked. All in all a great place to eat and relax, I'll be going back for sure! :-)

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UPDATE: Namaste has revamped their menu and added more than a few new vegan dishes (clearly labeled) with unusual flair. For example more than a few dishes seem to be more Chinese or Caribbean than South Asian.

I came here for lunch and had a "roti wrap" ($7) which was delicious and perfectly-priced for the size of the dish. It was a whole wheat wrap/roti filled with tofu, black chickpeas, onions and a variety of spices, as well as fresh cabbage and tomatoes. The dish is nicely spicy and feels both substantial, but healthy (I love that Namaste offers whole wheat and brown rice).

The service is friendly, but slow. Expect to wait a while for your meal.

Dinner prices are about double lunch prices, and the menus are extremely different as well. While I want to try some of their dinner dishes, the prices seem too high to justify (unless their portion sizes are huge, which I doubt they are, based on my past experiences).

All in all, Namaste is a great lunch spot and maybe a decent dinner one. The food and flavors here are fresh and unusual. Their chai (and large tea selection) is still easily the best in the Twin Cities and puts to shame places like Spyhouse and Tea Garden.

Previous review: Namaste now has outdoor seating and wine. It can get really hot if you're sitting inside during the summer (they don't have a/c), so keep that in mind. I still think it's overpriced, especially for the tiny portions they give you, but the flavors are fresh and light and they've improved the taste quality. Their chai is still the best in the Midwest. They have one excellent vegan dessert, the "carrots in coconut cream" which is deliciously sweet, smooth and creamy. Amazing, unusual flavors. Unfortunately, they only occasionally have the ingredients for it.


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My wife and I stopped by Namaste Cafe for the first time this week. The atmosphere, was very relaxing, and the space was cozy. The food was amazing, all vegan items were clearly labeled. We had the spicy fried potatoes appetizer, the kala chana and the tofu with potatoes and peas. All were amazing and they did spicy that was fairly hot and very flavorful. We will be returning to Namaste Cafe, soon!


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I loved the atmosphere of Namaste and totally appreciated that vegan options were marked on the menu. I ordered the red-hot stir fried noodles, which seemed a little bland but was good overall. I sprinkled the chili pepper over the top, which just made it spicy and bland. My masala chai (with soy milk) was also bland and left a lot to be desired. I finally ordered tofu mamacha, which was okay with the dipping sauce but was still a little off. I think everything would have been fixed with some sugar and salt on the table, but maybe I'm just too American. I'll come back another time and try it again.

All food issues aside, the service was a little strange too. My server was great and very friendly, but his shift was over and a new server never really came to take any orders for more chai or appetizers. Suddenly servers were running around asking people coming in if they had reservations (which nobody did), and the café wasn't even full. I felt like I was being pushed out because I had been there a couple hours, even though my intentions were to keep buying more food and drinks. Very strange.


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YES! I love Namaste. Every time I eat here, it is amazing. Delicious Nepalese food, with fantastic chai (and green & black) teas.

There are so many choices here for a vegan like myself, and everything is clearly labeled with a V (vegan) or CV (can be made vegan). All the dishes I have had have been insanely delicious--like "I don't ever want this meal to end" delicious. BUT, I would recommend not having the spice level above a 3, unless you like burning your face off. You can choose on a scale of 1-5, and the first time we went, my boyfriend (who loves spicy food!) ordered his entree with a spice rating of 4... He was sweating & practically in tears throughout the whole meal, and had to take a 5 minute break every two bites. That being said, once he learned his lesson & we went back again, he ordered his dish at a 3 & it was perfect. (2 is perfect for me because I'm a wimp.)

I love the Coconut Spinach (favorite meal here), as well as the Coconut Curry with Tofu, Eggplant & Mushrooms. Aloo Chop & Tofu Mamacha (appetizers) are AMAZING, and you can't go wrong with the Namaste Special Curry with Tofu. I also love the jasmine rice that comes with the meal.

The staff is also really friendly & attentive, without it seeming fake or like they're just wanting a good tip. Great, warm atmosphere, and I've never felt rushed to get out, even if it's really busy.


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Namaste was an okay place to eat. The portions seemed small in comparison to the price but the food was good and the waitress was very nice. They were out of like every wine I tried to order though.

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I dined here for the first time with my girlfriend on Friday night. The staff was very nice and quickly accommodated our desire to sit outside. We shared the coconut spinach entree, the paapri chaat and I had bhatura fried bread. Ummm. It was all really good. Asked for "spicy, spicy" on the entree and I don't think it even registered as one "spicy", but flavor-wise, still very good. The paapri chaat was a great, delicate, light mix of flavors. Really excellent. Aside from the dust coming off the road, it was a very pleasurable experience.


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I did not care for this place. The server was very slow, even with bringing the menus. I had to ask him for several things myself, including water and the check. So I ended up tipping only 12% or so. I had the Raajma which was pretty boring looking and tasting. We also had the Aloo Chaat appetizer which came with these weird Rice Krispies-looking things over the whole top of it. Good vanilla chai though. May or may not be coming back, but probably not.


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The Cafe is small and cozy, with statues and paintings of the Buddha and Hindu gods. The service is fast, efficient and friendly, and our waitress knew the menu well and gave great suggestions about what to order. The spicy potatoes were amazing, we ordered two plates and they disappeared quickly. Be warned that they do mean SPICY, they have quite a kick after a minute. The almond tofu curry was also very good. The main thing was the chai. It was AMAZING. We each had 2-3 cups. The masala chai was exceptional, and the vanilla chai also worth trying.

The staff is also very accommodating for vegetarian and vegan clients. The menu will have a V for vegan and CV for can be vegan, so you know right away if something contains animal products. All in all, this is definitely worth going to, and I plan on returning again.

(Also don't miss the store upstairs!)


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I love Namaste. I love that they use organic and local ingredients, and their selection of vegan curries. They are always delicious, fresh, and flavorful. The atmosphere is really comfortable and cozy. They sometimes have sorbet, if you're looking for vegan dessert too.


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Namaste's dishes are consistently fresh tasting, simple, and filling. While I find the spicing to be a bit bland ( even at a spiciness level of 5, I can barely taste it ), the flavors are well balanced and authentic.

Highly recommended - especially with groups of like-minded individuals to share with!


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I've been here twice and enjoyed it both times. The outdoor seating is fun in the summer time, and the food is great. I love that vegan items are listed as vegan, and I didn't think it was that expensive (as some other reviewers have mentioned). Service was good as well.

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delicious soy lattes and cheap lunch specials. the food tastes fresh and clean. it's also super helpful that everything vegan is labeled on the menu. atmosphere is also great. bummer they aren't open on mondays.


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This place is cute as a button! The space, which is the lower part of an old house, is painted in cheerful yellows and oranges, has simple blond wood furniture, and had a small glass with bright yellow daisies on each table. The food tastes as pretty as the place looks. I started with the vanilla and nutmeg chai, which was hands down the best chai I have ever had. That alone is worth the trip. My boyfriend and I then shared an appetizer of potato cakes stuffed with peas and mushrooms. I believe it was called aloo chop, and then was my favorite food item I had. I had the Kathmandu curry as my entree, which is tofu and mixed veggies in a delicious curry sauce. It was good, but a bit on the oily side. I'm sure if you ask for less oil, they would accommodate. My boyfriend had a dish with potatoes and black eyed peas, which was really good but more on the bland side, which was perfect for him. They don't have any vegan deserts yet, but the owner said he is working on it. The overall experience was wonderful. The service was great and the place just feels happy inside.


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my husband and i are frequent-diners at namaste cafe. we ate there tonite and they've made a few changes.....we had the kathmandu curry and it was wonderful! a tasty mix of spices - add a paratha and a chai and we were extremely happy.


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I live nearby and have been in many times. The service is always friendly but sometimes slow. I love the tea. The bean dishes seem spicier than the other menu items.

A great place to sip some tea,have some food and read a book.


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My girlfriend brought me to this place because she heard good things about it but we both left feeling the food was a litle bland. Not much flavor in either of our dishes but the spice factor (we both chose hot) was there.

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Very nice. I tried a handful of different things and liked them all. A substantial selection of teas. Not terribly expensive. Good service, pleasant ambiance. I look forward to going back.


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Very nice place with delicious food. You can choose the spiciness of your food, and the chais can be made either hot or iced. I really liked the colors and decor as well as the food. I'll definitely be back.

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Nice place. Not a great number of vegetarian entrees (3 or 4), but they were all vegan. Two of the appetizers are vegan. The spiced potatoes appetizer, fried daal soup, and potatoes w/ peas & cauliflower entree were all quite good. They're just getting started, so it was quite uncrowded.

Update - They've expanded the number of vegan dishes quite a bit. The menu now has all the dishes that either are, or can me made vegan marked. I had green beans with potatoes and tomatoes, and it was one of the most finely spiced dishes I think I've ever had.

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I have liked everything I've had here quite a bit. They have a great selection of chais, and they can make them with (organic) soy milk. They seem kind of expensive ($3 each) but they come in a huge glass, so it's not a bad deal.

The service is very friendly, and I really like the decor. It's a house converted to be a restaurant, so it's a change from the usual restaurant interior.

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Namaste is a lovely restaurant. It is open, bright and peaceful. The vegan options we sampled were all delicious (though next time I'll try the tofu, mushrooms and peas entree instead of the curried eggplant and tofu). They also have an extensive tea menu; all drinks can be made vegan with soy milk. The vanilla nutmeg chai I ordered was excellent, as was the service. I'll definitely be going back.


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I just went to Namaste for the 1st time last night and my dish was really good -- I got the tofu and eggplant coconut curry dish. I'd prob give them a higher score, but since I've only been there once, I'm being a bit conservative right now. I'm not vegan myself but I asked if the vegetarian items were vegan and they said most were and that they planned to come out with a new menu that marks vegan items. You can check out the menu on their web site. Nice atmosphere and nice people working there too. The chai menu looked great but it was too late for me to drink caffeine so I didn't try any. I'll def be going back there!

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