This new Indian place opened last week in the Lumber Exchange building at 5th and Hennepin. I have been now twice for lunch and once for dinner. The food is absolutely superb - as good as the best Indian places in London. The proprietors appear to be from Hyderabad, and the cuisine of central India is very well represented. But unlike many places, there is a fair amount of seafood, including fish, prawns, and a fabulous blue crab in coconut milk curry appetizer.
The menu is extensive, with many vegatarian dishes, lamb, fish, duck, chicken, etc. There are clay oven roasted meats, and a number of masalas. The spices are deeply cooked and deftly administered. Cardamom is a favorite apparently. The ingredients are top notch. All the chicken is really tender and juicy -- I wish mine were so good. The vegetable dishes are amazing -- they have several with baby eggplant. The service is great and there is a full bar. At dinner we had delicious mojitos served in huge bird-bath glasses, with tons of fresh mint.
The sit-down menu is not cheap. Appetizers run $9-$14; main dishes run $14-$25, But it is absolutely worth every penny in my view. The lunch buffet is a screaming deal. All you can eat for $10, and you can do it as takeout if you like. (They give you 3 generous plastic containers to fill at the buffet.)
It is a very short walk from the light rail stop. If you enjoy Indian food, this place is a gem.
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