Just some quick notes on a few places we ate in lately:
"Passage to India" in uptown Minneapolis - for new yorkers I'll just say they take pride in having a branch on 6th east st. For the rest of you - we waited way too long for rather crummy food, including a dish described as being made of chicken livers while in reality was mostly composed of kidneys and hearts that were cooked to an extremely rubbery consistency, very bad. Their silverware is...well...you have to see it to believe it...
will we go there again? no way
"Taste of India" in St. Louis Park, just off 394 - we visited it twice, once for lunch which we didn't know was going to be a buffet. Selection was very limited, but everything was sort of ok, especially for the very low price (I don't remember what it was, but significantly under $10) but it seems that the green food coloring they used in one of the dishes is not digestable (just imagine the alarm :-) ). For dinner, we were served good fried paneer with the best cilantro sauce I ever got in an Indian reastaurant outside London and decent (if not spicy enough) beef vindaloo and rogan gosht along with an under baked naan.
will we go there again? well, it's on the way home, maybe
"Sri Lanka" in uptown Minneapolis - please go there so they won't close, they serve fabulous Sri Lankan food with some adatpations to local tastes (i.e. you can ask for food that won't burn a hole in you) and to product availability. Pickled eggplants, a seafood-mango dish and beef with dried fish powder and dal were all great, prices are higher than you'd expect from an indian place (entrees $10 to $24 or so), but are most definitely worth it.
will we go there again? Sure will.
"August moon" in Golden valley - bizarre, tres tres bizarre, this odd attempt at fusion cooking proves that just putting a bunch of unrelated ingredients into a pan and praying doesn't always work. Pot stickers, that are supposed to be the house special were filled with a cement like substance, seared tuna with all kinds of odd things and an over cooked beef tenderloin with mango salsa and some other stuff were half eaten (as it takes time to decide this is not something you really want to eat). Fried goat cheese won tons were nice.
will we go there again? only if we start using LSD
more to follow...