Closed as of Mar 10 10

4920 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421


3.4 / 18 votes

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All-vegetarian Indian cuisine

Closed while they look for a new location to set up business. This restaurant focuses on North Indian food, but also has a decent selection of South Indian staples such as dosa.

Nala Pak (formerly Udupi) changed management in 2008 and no longer labels its vegan dishes. The lunch buffet has almost no vegan options.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Nov 30 06 (last updated Jun 9 10)

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I hadn't had South Indian food in a long time and was pleased to find Nalapak, a fabulous joint with friendly service and great food. Their dosa (sometimes spelled dosai) was crisp, huge, light and fresh; their Jalfrezi curry was creamy and spicy and went well with airy, un-oily chapati. Their samosas were also light and crispy with well-seasoned filling. The service was extremely friendly and the menu clearly listed what was vegan and what was lacto-vegetarian; they even have tofu as an option to paneer, which is not a common option in Indian restaurants. Highly recommended.

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I dined here today with a group for the lunch buffet. The restaurant seemed to be filled with about 80-90% Indian customers, which is always a good sign. The food was all vegetarian and solidly tasty--some of it spicier than at other local Indian restaurants. I think this is probably one of the most authentic Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Service was friendly but since we had the buffet there wasn't much interaction with the waitstaff. The incense smells great. Highly recommended.

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From Minneapolis take central up to 49th, take a left, enter behind taco bell. South of 694 on Central Ave. (Hwy 65)


Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


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  • Indian (Northern)
  • Indian (Southern)


  • Buffet
  • Large Group-Friendly


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

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