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(Long) Mysore Rant and Related MN S. Indian Food Experiences

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(Long) Mysore Rant and Related MN S. Indian Food Experiences

aerobicidal | Jan 11, 2007 10:22 PM

Has anyone else tried the new Mysore Cafe on Hennepin and 27/28? I was hesitant to go after I found it has the same owners as New Delhi, but it's close and it's Southern Indian (about the half the menu is, anyway) so I decided to try it.

Turns out I should have hesitated a bit more. The food was extremely greasy, heavy, and just plain bizarre. I've had dosas in several other states including New York and at the Vegetarian and Udupi (I mention this not to prove I'm an authority on Indian food but to illustrate how none of the Indian food in my minimally extensive experience is anything like Mysore/New Dehli). Until Mysore, I never met a dosa I didn't like, but theirs was limp, the masala was dry and had cashews in it (is that supposed to happen?), and it was just bad.

The puri bhaji was signifcantly worse--borderline inedible. The potato mixture was unbelievably greasy, flavorless, and again had cashews that were soggy. The puri had a taste and texture I've never experienced, and I don't mean that in a good way. This is fried bread--should be impossible to screw up--but they did.

The only Indian restaurant I've ever had worse food at is New Delhi. They also manage to ruin everything from paratha and samosas to all the vetearian entrees I've tried there. Considering it seems to be a refuge for alcoholics, maybe they figure the food can be greasy and nasty . . .

It just makes me sad and angry that two of the closest Indian restaurants to my house are painfully bad. Then again, I can drive for an extra 5-10 minutes to get cheaper and much better vegetarian Indian at Bombay 2.

Finally, I'm wondering how other people have found the Vegetarian on 40th and Central. I've been there once, and thought it was generally good, but the reviews on (mostly other) websites have had the strong whiff of propaganda (i.e. "I have been to Indian restaurants in every state and country and on two other planets and this is HANDS DOWN the BEST ever!"). Weirdly, there was a large cult-like group of people sitting nearby when I ate there, and they were loudly ranting to themselves and other customers about how the Vegetarian was their favorite restaurant of all time. Am I missing something? It was good, and I would go back, but it didn't restore my beliefs in god, humanity, and the power of lentils.

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