Mysore Cafe

Twin Cities, Minnesota

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Mysore offers a good dosa and a marginal South Indian buffet, with vegan options clearly marked, but I was disappointed that it recently added chicken to the menu and to the buffet. This is a huge disappointment not only because meat has no traditional place in South Indian food (it seems to have been jammed in at Mysore for business reasons), but also because it alienates the vegetarian community, Indian or otherwise. Given the unspectacular food, and that Minneapolis has three much better and pure vegetarian Indian restaurants, I wouldn't recommend Mysore. Try The Vegetarian or Nalapak or Bombay 2 Deli instead.


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We have never been treated so poorly at any establishement. I would rather eat a steak than go back there. We are never going back.


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Sorry to say this potentially wonderful Indian cafe has gone nowhere but downhill of late. In early Jan we stopped for dinner - no dosai, no mango lasso, no wine, no apologies. We left. A month later our son was begging for dosai again so we called up to make sure they were open and serving dosai first. However, when we got there they were out of just about everything else - lassis, wine, and good service. The dosai was burned and the sambar was cold. There were only 2 tables when we got there at 6 pm on a Sunday evening. Three other potentials came in while we were dining and all of them left before ordering. One table because the waiter never even talked to them. My husband thinks its a front for something else. Who knows? Just don't go there. Drive another ten miles and go to Nala Pak on Central Ave. Their dosais are awesome and the service is lovely.


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This was my favorite Indian restaurant in the Twin Cities when it first opened. It is rare to find an Indian dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday night--and a tasty vegetarian one at that. But I just went there again yesterday, and the food was bad and non-vegetarian and the service was TERRIBLE!!! It was about 1:30 and they acted like they were trying to push us out the door (the place closes at 3). The buffet selection was clearly old and they brought out no new dishes. They brought our check 5 minutes after we started eating--no joke--then kept coming back repeatedly and interrupting us to get us to pay. I can't believe how fast this restaurant has gone downhill.


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If someone is willing to suffer the arrogance of an under trained, highly obnoxious hotel staff Mysore Cafe is probably the best place to go .. Forget the service , the food sucks too . Claims to be an authentic south Indian Restaurant and is anything but that . Being a South Indian ,I very much looked forward to checking out this place but this is one of the most disappointing places I've ever eaten at .The food is either overcooked or plain inedible .The manager seems to have an attitude problem , I understand the hotel policy of not serving food after a certain time but what beats me is the way the customers are handled . Sheer negligence and overt arrogance ...If the owner of the place is listening , here's the message , loud and clear .. you wanna stay in business , sack the manager and maybe the chef too ..


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I have no second thoughts on claiming that this is indeed the worst place for Indian food in twin cities. More than the food its the staff which is giving bad name to otherwise highly appreciated Indian hospitality. The first time I went there the staff was so unwelcoming, it took them eternity to bring one Masala Dosa, and then after all this the food was pathetic. Eating cold pakoras is like eating somebody's leftovers. There were few grains of tamarind rice left and no one cared to put some more rice in the tray. And then the staff doesn't even look like they will reheat the food. Also I can't imagine which other restaurant will place a fork back on your table once it has fallen down?
Other day some of my friends went there (I would have obviously advised then not to if I knew they are going there), and the had such a harrowing experience when the manager turned them out because they went there at 2:50 and buffet close at 3. Its not about turning them out, but the way he treated them was totally uncalled for. My only message to the staff and the manager of this place is "You are giving bad name to Indian restaurants and if you don't improve very soon you will be out of business. If you can't make better food at-least respect your customers. Learn some etiquette." Rating : 0/10


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I wanted to like this place, since it was the few 100% vegetarian restaurants in the Twin Cities. My husband and I went there for a nice Saturday night dinner. The waiter, who, granted, does not speak perfect English, just pointed at a table and mumbled something about the buffet. I really wanted to order off the menu and was craving some samosas!

After a while we figured out that you could only eat from the buffet, which did have some pretty good curries, (which were all lukewarm), and there was only a few grains of plain white rice left. And no samosas in sight! The veggie pakoras were good, but not warm. It was like eating someone else's cold leftovers.

If you go here, I would recommend going when you can order off the menu, for a hot curry with a nice big pile of rice, and some samosas!
I was also disappointed about them starting to serve non-veggie food. The vegan items are well marked, however.


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I'm amazed and thrilled that a place has a Friday and Saturday night buffet, and such a good one. It is the best vegetarian buffet in the Cities.

As other reviewers have noted, everything is clearly marked if it's vegan, and unmarked if it's vegetarian. This includes the menu (starred) as well as the buffet signs ("vegan"). (If it were this easy to go vegan, I would be one!)

Overall, I've had very good experiences with both the food and the service. However, the ambiance varies according to where you're seated. Sometimes it feels like a four-square remodeled shoe box, at other times, it feels warm and intimate.

I have yet to decide for sure whether I like The Vegetarian or Mysore more when it comes to Indian food, but I'm very glad that Mysore is around, in any case.

(Update 11/24/07: Mysore is no longer "all vegitarian" (sic) (as all of their signs and menus read). They're serving chicken in their buffet, "because we were losing business", according to one of the managers. This comes, of course, at the expense of the variety of vegan and vegetarian choices. I guess that makes the decision between The Vegetarian and Mysore that much easier. Minus one star to Mysore.)

(I feel like going on a mini-rant here. How can one infer that the lack of chicken on a menu would equate to losing business? Or: how would false advertising and possibly alienating your core group of customers expect to increase business?)


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I love this place. The food is excellent. It's perfectly spiced, always fresh, and simply delicious. It is as good as any Indian food I've had anywhere, and much better than most. It's great that they have a buffet almost every night, as I find that's the best way to enjoy Indian food. It's so nice that it's all vegetarian so I can just take everything...and I do. The yummy Indian beers and lassis (which are very generous) complement everything very nicely.

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When I wrote my original review, I was still on the fence about this place. Now I'm downgrading my rating to a 4, based on more recent experiences.

The past 3-4 times I've been there, the food has been consistently bland, which is a sin for all cuisines, but twice the sin for Indian food. And it's really pricey, and the host/server gave us a really weird attitude when we were there last time.

Go to The Vegetarian, which is consistently fantastic. I won't be going back to Mysore.


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a mish-mash of not-that-great north indian versions of south indian food. the sambar is absolutely abysmal, unrecognizable as sambar; the idlis are like door stops instead of fluffy clouds, and vada inedible. food often lukewarm rather than hot or cold. SO conveniently located but a real disappointment; still worth the trip to Nalapak (the old Udupi). Moreever, the manager (or whoever he is) kind of creepy and leering. On one visit, I mentioned a hair in my food. "Oh, you really can't help that sort of thing in a kitchen," he said. Yikes.


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I am an Indian and love south indian food. Mysore cafe was just OK. Not for the authentic south indian palette. Would suffice for the non-indians and thats the only crowd I saw there, which should have been my cue to get out. We had their dosas, the filling was so bland, their sambar was horrible and chutneys were so-so. Their masala wada was decent but again the chutneys werent great. Wont be going there again.


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I have been to Mysore 4 times over the last 2 months and the quality seems to be getting better and the vegan selections are growing. I've stopped ordering off the menu and go for the Friday/Saturday night buffets for $11.99 plus tax. They allow take-out for the buffets which come with 1 dosa and a very large and small container. It's enough to feed 3 of us. Last night there were 10 vegan entrees plus appetizers, fruit, and chutneys. 3 were dishes I've never had before. Based on quality, service, and vegan selection I find it much better than the Vegetarian.


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I love that every vegan item is *clearly* marked on the menu. It helps sooo much for ordering rather than always having three or four items in mind in case that one can't be made dairy free.

I had the spinach dosai, which is a GIANT rice crepe with spinahc in the middle served with a potato/veggie "stew" (sorry, don't know the correct words.)

The food wasn't spectacular, was definitely not bad. I'm definitely going back to check out all the different vegan items, of which there are PLENTY.


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I appreciate that this place is 100% vegetarian and so vegan friendly. I wasn't too impressed by my meal. I had a vegetable dosai and iddly. I would go back, maybe it was an off night.


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I've been here three times already, and eaten the lunch buffet every time. About 80% of the buffet items are always vegan AND clearly labeled, and the selection has changed every time that I went in, which is great if you plan on going often. The complementary dosas with the buffet are also delicious. This is my new favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities!

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I had the buffet. This place is incredibly vegan-friendly, as most of the dishes are vegan and marked. There's a lot of variety of flavors, and everything I had was good.


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When I went they only had the buffet available, but their entire menu should be available shortly. The buffet was nearly all vegan and had a lot of amazing choices. The food was exquisite and the service was good! Highly recommended!

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