Amu's Madras Cafe

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Closed as of May 29 11

4920 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421


4.6 / 12 votes

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Pure vegetarian Indian restaurant with a mostly vegan menu

A South Indian vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options (all clearly marked on the menu). This restaurant has the old head chef from Udupi, which closed several years ago. Also offers Indo-Chinese cuisine added along with a menu of North Indian dishes too.
Offers catering and has a private dining room which can accommodate 20 to 25 people.The weekday lunch buffet is $7.99 and the weekend buffet is $10.99 per person.

Added by conde.kedar on Oct 6 10 (last updated Jun 4 11)

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Three words: Aloo Potato Vada. My new favorite food.
I have been to this restaurant several times, both for weekend buffet and regular dining. The buffet is always great! It also changes from one day to the next so youcan go 3 Saturdays in a row and not get all of the same dishes. There is a lot of food and several of the dishes are vegan. It also comes with a smaller-than-usual masal dosai. There are even vegan desserts on the weekend buffet (I have not been to a weekday buffet). During regular dining, a few of my favorite dishes are: chana batura, poori bhaji, and the masal dosai. Their fried breads are light and not greasy. Their dishes are flavorful. The prices are reasonable. It's one of our favorite places to eat!

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We absolutely LOVED this place. After reading reviews on here we had high expectations and they did not disappoint. We started off with some fried jalapenos with some dipping sauce. They were very hot but soo good. When ordering (we've never been to an Indian restaurant) I looked confused and tried to tell the server what I think I wanted. He said he would 'put something together for me' and it's like he read my mind. I had some spicy chickpea curry dish with this fried pancake like item (sorry, can't remember the name - something like Batali?. The pancake like thing tasted like funnel cake and it was to die for. My husband had some veggie curry item and it was phenomenal. The garlic naan was also very very good. We agreed we would make a special trip back. When packing our 'to go' box, the server even added extra rice at no charge so that we could have enough to share the next day.The ambiance was nice - pretty romantic actually (we went at night) and the service was great. We left feeling very full and satisfied - wanting to go back the next day already :). The prices were reasonable too - we got two dishes and some naan (and pancake thing) for around $25. Very worth it!

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Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Indian (Northern)
  • Indian (Southern)


  • Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Private Rooms
  • Wi-Fi


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View from the inside Lunch buffet selections


11:30am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 9pm
11:30am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm
11:30am - 3pm;
5pm - 9:30pm

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