Gandhi Mahal

Twin Cities, Minnesota

3.8 / 10 votes

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Northern Indian cuisine

Restaurant, Caterer

Northern Indian restaurant in Longfellow at 27th and Lake. A portion of the menu is dedicated to a "strict Gandhian diet" (e.g. vegetarian). From the owners of Little Taj Mahal in Dinkytown.

Many of the vegetarian dishes cannot be made vegan. Make sure to ask your server questions about ingredients, insisting on a dairy-free dish (commonly used dairy products in North Indian food include: milk; butter; cream; ghee; and yogurt).

Note that the white rice is made with butter, but butter-free brown rice is available. The cilantro chutney is also made with dairy, though the onion and tamarind chutneys are not.

Added by ericodeg on Jul 3 08 (last updated Jul 13 12)

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I'm not sure why this place is so highly rated, or why it won Best Indian from the City Pages this year (2012).

I've eaten here a couple times and found it largely mediocre. I've tried samosas, onion bhujia, chana masala, and tofu jalfrezi. Basically everything was a little flat-tasting. The samosas needed more spice. The bhujia was balls of breading around onion, rather than batter-fried onion which I expected. There was way too much breading, so it ended up dry and mealy. The chole peshawari and tofu jalfrezi were both heavy on spices, but it seemed like too much of the wrong ones. The food tasted too earthy for my palate. It really needed more tomato or something else sour as contrast.

I did love the onion chutney they give you with the pappadum when you sit down. The tamarind chutney, on the other hand, was weak, and the second time I went it was more like tamarind water.

The service was always friendly, though the first time I went they served us white rice (which I ate not realizing it had butter) even after we'd asked what was vegan.

Overall, it was all okay but not great, and I don't think I'd go back.


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While I do find the name of this restaurant strange, considering Gandhi's views on consuming animals, the atmosphere is warm and a little exotic in an interesting way and the waitress really knew her stuff. She was very aware of what was vegan and was upfront about it. My date and I shared one dish, the vegetarian vegetable curry and it was plenty for two people. With one entree and two drinks, the bill was only $17. The food was also perfectly seasoned and presented in a beautiful way. There was live Indian music. It was a lovely experience and I'd go there again, although it would have been nice to have a vegan option for dessert because I have a serious sweet tooth.

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Neighborhood

Longfellow

Directions

On the east side of 27th Ave S, just south of Lake St. Next door to Midori's Floating World Cafe. Walking distance to Lake Street/Midtown light rail station; bus lines 7, 21, 27, and 53 also run nearby.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Cuisines

  • Indian (Northern)
  • Indian (Southern)

Features

  • Buffet
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kosher
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic

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