Reviews written by pfbram
Registered on Jan 13 08
At here once with my wife a couple years ago. Waitress was highly accomodating when we ordered a dish without fish sauce. Good pad thai. Funky decor.
I needed something to eat on Grand Ave. while doing some Christmas shopping a few weeks ago. I stepped out of the snowy weather and into this little gem, and found myself with excellent tea (Kaalo Chiya) and buffet. I don't recall the names of everything I had. Pakora, a rice dish, potatoes, vegetables, excellent spices. Most of the items on the buffet were vegetarian. We've ordered the vegetable momos from the menu and recommend them highly.
Only drawback is the price. Would have rated it excellent otherwise.
Poor quality control? The hot and spicy mock duck with lemongrass had hair in it. This dish and others seem to be on the oily/greasy side as well. We felt the $2 per person for a small teapot was over-priced. I thought I detected fish sauce in my dish as well.
The decor is certainly nice here, and they are capable of serving large numbers of people, but I've found that this place is over-rated by the professional/paid reviewers.
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.
Discovered their sesame tofu dish last week, and I'm thinking about eating there tomorrow as well. I've never been to Evergreen, and so cannot compare. But if you're in Dinkytown or on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, this place is worth looking at.
Note sure why everyone is rating this so highly. I found it to be reasonably good Indian fare, perhaps not as good as Nala Pak a few blocks to the north. Smallish inside, didn't seem as "clean" as Nala Pak, India Palace, and others. We had the lunch buffet. It lacked malai kofta, and other Indian dishes we like to compare. Buffet included naan and dosais, which were good.
I ate out here weekly for a couple years (2006-2007) and the place grew on me. The wait staff and service tends to be efficient, and there are a much larger number of vegetarian options than usual on a Chinese menu.