While I'm glad there's a new vegetarian Indian joint in town, I'm not sure that Amu's is that much better or different than any other Indian place in the Twin Cities. That said, it's an improvement over its old Nala Pak incarnation and I'm glad that most of the menu is vegan (and labeled properly).
We started out with an order of vegetable manchurian ($9.50), fried vegetable-ball concoctions in a tomato-soy base. It's one of my favorite "Indo-Chinese" dishes and one that's hard to come by in the US. It was probably the best part of the meal: spicy; crunchy; addictive. They serve it here "dry" meaning it doesn't come with any sauce that you can eat over rice. You eat these suckers straight off of the plate.
We next had a masala dosa ($10) which is the archetypal South Indian dish. It's a crispy lentil crepe with some potato filling. I thought this dosa was good, but nothing spectacular. The potato filling had some carrots in the mix which, in my opinion, is a mistake: masala dosa filling should limit itself to potatoes, onions and green chili.
Lastly we had a vegetable vindaloo ($9). The waiter recommended it to us on account of its variety of vegetables (which, in this case, was the same as what we'd been having: potatoes, carrots, etc.). We asked for the dish to be spicy but it came out with almost no kick at all. It wasn't a memorable or tasty dish in the least.
There's no brown rice here, which is always a disappointment, but an expected one. There are also no vegan desserts, which is once again expected, but still disappointing.
The service was friendly and prompt.
While I will likely return to Amu's to try some other dishes, I wasn't overly impressed by the food here. Where are the dishes with tofu or seitan? How come they can't make a pudding out of soy milk? How about some unusual ingredients (say, using broccoli instead of cauliflower or jackfruit instead of potato)? Amu's makes the exact same dishes as every other Indian restaurant in the US which makes for a predictable experience. If it wants to distinguish itself it needs to get creative.