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I hadn't had South Indian food in a long time and was pleased to find Nalapak, a fabulous joint with friendly service and great food. Their dosa (sometimes spelled dosai) was crisp, huge, light and fresh; their Jalfrezi curry was creamy and spicy and went well with airy, un-oily chapati. Their samosas were also light and crispy with well-seasoned filling. The service was extremely friendly and the menu clearly listed what was vegan and what was lacto-vegetarian; they even have tofu as an option to paneer, which is not a common option in Indian restaurants. Highly recommended.


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I dined here today with a group for the lunch buffet. The restaurant seemed to be filled with about 80-90% Indian customers, which is always a good sign. The food was all vegetarian and solidly tasty--some of it spicier than at other local Indian restaurants. I think this is probably one of the most authentic Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Service was friendly but since we had the buffet there wasn't much interaction with the waitstaff. The incense smells great. Highly recommended.


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Went here for dinner last night. The empty box of Sysco "Vegetable and Produce" in the parking lot was an unheeded omen warning us what would transpire inside. I don't understand where the good reviews come from. This was the worst experience I've ever had. We were served tap water, service was slow, the chai tasted like watered down milk, with no spice, and no tea. The Malai Kofta? A standby of most Indian restaurants, tasted the same, and came with rubbery balls of NOTHING. They were actually empty on the inside!!! They were rubbery, chewy, and everything they shouldn't be. And my Malai Kofta was supposed to be Medium spicy, not Milk.

The Paneer Pakora was also terrible. The paneer was cut so thin it could not be tasted or noticed when eating. It was so deep fried that the fried part was at least 10x the thickness of the paneer. It tasted and smelled like wal-mart fish fry. The Mint Chutney that came with it was the only bright spot the whole evening.

My friend commented his food was tolerable. Not passable, just tolerable. We came hungry, and left very disappointed.

We've been there for the buffet before and it was ok, nothing special, not nearly spicy enough. I'm not a buffet person and from the reviews it sounded like the buffet would be worth a shot. It was not.

I can not fully express my disappointment in this place after reading the reviews and hearing words of great praise. There is a string of Indian Restauraunts up and down central with far more Authentic food, rather than Sysco brand "indian" food. Try one of those. Nala Pak was supposed to be good when it was Udupi Cafe, and supposedly was good after that. I do not know what has changed, but I have never had such a terrible, empty meal. If the food did not taste bad it was just empty and bland. And with only tap water to wash it down? That's just an insult. Home Depot has water filters for less than the cost of our meal. All in all, I would never re-visit this restaurant without hearing that the chef or menu or ownership has changed.


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We love the staff, food and service at NalaPak. They have tons of different types of dosai. We drive 25 minutes to dine there at least once or twice a month. My husband was born in South India and we've spent a lot of time there. I think it's very down-home. You always see lots of Indians and they have cricket on the tv.


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We were fans of Udupi and hadn't been back since the name changed to Nala Pak. Today we went for the lunch buffet. We were so disappointed that there was less selection than we remembered. One thing we really enjoyed was the Mattar Paneer- it was creamy and perfectly spiced. Also the Dosai that was brought to our table was delicious. The rest of the food was just so-so. We thought the price of the buffet was a little high for the selection of foods.

If Nala Pak was the only vegetarian Indian restaurant around, we'd be happy to go there once in awhile. But with so many other wonderful choices in the area, we will go elsewhere next time we want Indian food.


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The new management which changed about a year ago is doing a very good job. The service is increasingly responsive, if not the best. The food is very good too.

they have introduced 'chettinad dosa' which is spicy and good. They are also designating items as vegan, at least on the take out as vegan.

try the 'idli' (rice cakes) and 'sambar vada' : both tasty vegan dishes and not very spicy.


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Excellent buffet. Our personal favorite on the menu is the manchurian gobi. Only place I've been to in the Twin Cities with TV's broadcasting cricket matches. This Indian restaurant also attracts a large number of ethnic Indians (whereas some do not).

I would have given the Nala Pak an "excellent" review if it weren't for one drawback: the cost is a bit steep.


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Junk. We went there for the buffet a year or so ago and it had little selection and was over-priced. Can't believe that so many people seem to like it.

Drive past it and go "The Vegetarian" if you want real Indian. The Vegetarian is on the same road about 10 blocks closer to the city.


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In the same location as the old Udupi and most of the menu is the same. Great additions to Udupi's menu. Great quality food and service. The buffet has a lot of variety. They also bring dosa to the table. It is very clean. Also a lot of vegan choices. A must try for all the vegans in Minnesota.


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My husband and I are amazed at the superlatives people use to describe the food at Udupi. Makes us curious as to what they are used to in the way of flavor. We had two personal experiences where there sambhar was spoiled. My husband talked to Ramesh, at which Ramesh pretended not to know what he was talking about.
My husband's a scientist so he was very inclined to take a sample home so he could test it in his lab. I regret not letting him do that. currently there is a lot of sympathy for the guy about the immigration violation (In case people didn't know Udupi's previous management was convicted for immigration violations) - what is worse is that he was palming off over-spiced spoiled food. The chappie should never be allowed to open a food bus again.


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Horrible. The name has changed to some Texas chain. The menu has shrunk. Not Vegan friendly now. The old Udupi menu indicated many items were Vegan. Today, we had to ask which items were Vegan. After several minutes they came back and said only one item was Vegan (vegetable curry). No tofu. No mock duck. We walked out. This used to be one of our three favorite eating places. We will not go back. Very sad.

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