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Seeking good Indian food near the Hyatt

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Hi there midwest foodies,

I am planning a group dinner for around 10-15 people who will be attending a workshop and staying at the Hyatt Regency at 1300 Nicollet Mall. I'd like to go out for some nice Indian food, and would ideally like a place that is within walking distance of said hotel.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
Bob

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  1. Others may have better suggestions, but this is the only indian restaurant I've been to in dwntn mpls and it's really good. I had the buffet at bombay bistro and it was damn good.

    http://bombaybistromn.com/index.html

    1. Just out of curiosity, this workgroup that your hosting don't happen to be indian people would it? The only reason why I ask is because the choice of food you chose was specifically indian. It's like taking japanese visitors to MPLS to a japanese restaurant. That assumption doesn't always work because I am indian and I really don't like indian food.

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      1. re: alpa chino

        No, the attendees are not Indian. It's just that I like Indian food and it's great for a group, in terms of everyone sharing a bunch of dishes.

        Thanks for the suggestion.

        1. re: elegantChaos

          Oh, alright.

          Well, it's 5 minutes from downtown but everyone here loves Gandhi Mahal.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/526675

          http://www.gandhimahal.com/

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          Gandhi Mahal
          3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

          1. re: alpa chino

            I agree with alpa that Gandhi Mahal is great. But it's a bit more than 5 minutes from Downtown. Expect 15-20 minutes from the Hyatt by cab.

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            Gandhi Mahal
            3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

      2. Another place that is closer than Bombay Bistro is Dancing Ganesha restaurant. I've only eaten lunch there, but it was good. When it opened, Dancing Ganesha was supposed to be a bit more upscale and modern than other Indian places, but from looking at their menu I'm not sure whether that's still their model.

        My take on Bombay Bistro is that it's pretty good Indian food, but it's straightforward and not particularly exciting. The room itself is very generic.

        Finally, if money is not important, I'd mention OM, which is also downtown. (It's a long walk from the Hyatt - about 10-11 blocks I think.) OM is upscale, and I understand it has a nightclub vibe to it. I've never eaten there so I can't tell you anything about the food. It's partly owned by Raghavan Iyer, who is a fairly well known Indian chef. The menu looks nice, but it's more expensive than either Bombay Bistro or Dancing Ganesha.

        Dancing Ganesha: http://www.dancingganesharestaurant.com/
        Om: http://www.omminneapolis.com

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        Bombay Bistro
        820 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        Dancing Ganesha Restaurant
        1100 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        OM
        401 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

        1. Unfortunately, good Indian is not well represented downtown. That being said, Dancing Ganesha is pretty good and has fun cocktails to boot.

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          Dancing Ganesha Restaurant
          1100 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          1. Your attendees may enjoy OM. In the downstairs they have an area that can be curtained off to accommodate a group. They also have an interesting menu and some really nice cocktails. Food is good, though I'd add these caveats:
            - It is in walking distance -- as long as everyone wears good shoes.
            - The entree price could be more than people have in mind if they associate Indian food with budget-friendly buffets.
            - Raghavan Iyer's dishes are creative interpretations of Indian cuisine. Diners who carry an expectation of "Authentic" (yes, with a capital A and quote marks) are probably setting themselves up for disappointment. Ditto for folks who really want tikka masala like they remember from someplace else. This is not that restaurant.

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            OM
            401 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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            1. re: KTFoley

              I found Dancing Ganesha's to be bland and boring food. Bombay Bistro is better. OM has been getting some good reviews lately, I have never been there.

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              Bombay Bistro
              820 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

              Dancing Ganesha Restaurant
              1100 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403