Closed as of Jan 1 12

1260 Town Centre Drive
Eagan, Minnesota 55123
651-688-8686

Vegan-Friendly

3.6 / 4 votes

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Sri Lankan and Indian Cuisine in Eagan

This restaurant predominantly serves North Indian curries, but also has some South Indian standards such as dosa, as well as two veganizable Sri Lankan dishes.

It also serves beer and wine.

Added by jello on Oct 21 06 (last updated Sep 11 12)

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Sambol is a nicely decorated, predominantly North Indian restaurant in a strip mall in Eagan. Normally I wouldn't bother going out of my way for a place like this, but Sambol also serves Sri Lankan food, making it one of very few places to do so in the Midwest (and maybe even in the country at large).

The standard lunch buffet offered only North Indian options, so I instead ordered from the menu, getting a "gothamba roti" ($11.95; Sri Lankan vegetable curry with thin wheat flat bread). Unfortunately there aren't many Sri Lankan options on the actual in-store menu (the online menu, which has many options, seems to be out of date).

I found the dish to be extremely reminiscent of a Thai red curry. Rich coconut milk served as a filling base, and red chili went well with the vegetables in the dish, namely peas, cauliflower, green peppers and carrots.

The roti had an interesting texture, not being soft, but not being hard or chewy either. I liked the unusual nature of the bread. I wasn't offered rice, but it seems they don't have brown rice anyway (only white), which is a minus.

While the food was tasty enough, the portion size was quite small, especially for the $11.95 price tag (not including tax or tip).

Given Sambol's remote location in Eagan, I won't be back often, especially as the Sri Lankan choices here are limited; however, I might be willing to give their North Indian curries a try at some point in the future, as I appreciate any place that tries to serve up different or unusual foods. Restaurants like these tend to do a good job on normal/everyday dishes, as they're probably what pay the bills (as opposed to exotic Sri Lankan dishes).


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The vegetable samosas might be the best I've had in the Twin Cities.

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Directions

Take the Yankee Doodle Rd exit on 35E, turn right at Denmark Ave, then left at Town Centre Dr. It's in the strip mall to your right.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • American Express MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Indian
  • Sri Lankan

Features

  • Buffet
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet

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Hours

closed
11am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 10pm
11:30am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm

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