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Rowdy Oct 12, 2010 10:07 PM

We've now made our third visit to Gorkha Palace, which opened a few weeks ago. I'm sure we'll be going back many more times.

The cuisine is primarily Nepali. The owners, I was told, are Nepali. While the menu items have some of the same names that we all see on Indian menus, the food is quite different.

For one thing, the food is made with all fresh ingredients, mostly locally sourced. Spices are ground fresh and items are prepared to order. The seasoning is complex and intriguing. And the food is beautiful to look at.

For those who despair of finding food hot enough for you, this may be the place. The dish that my Ethiopian brother-in-law ordered Sunday night was almost too hot for him, and he likes his food hot! The medium is well within my tolerance, and the mild was palatable to my 95 year old mother.

Because we're vegetarians, we've not tried the meat items, but other family members reported they were delicious. We've had Aaloo katahar (which introduced me to jackfruit--much like artichoke hearts), biryani, kwati, veggie momos, and palak paneer, which is not to be missed. It is totally unlike other palak paneer I've had, and it is to die for!

They have a large vegan selection which is most welcome.

Service is prompt, knowledgeable, and gracious. They've done a wonderful job creating a modest but very pleasant ambience with beautiful colors, lots of wood, paintings, and a fireplace.

So far we've found nothing not to like, including their philosophy and environmental practices. There's a large parking lot which is easily accessible. http://www.gorkhapalace.com

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    meljohns RE: Rowdy Oct 13, 2010 07:53 AM

    I've been to the lunch buffet 3 times now and I absolutely agree with you. The food is really good. I liked the Aaloo katahar quite a bit. They also make this completely addicting stew of black eyed peas and bamboo shoots- it's so flavorful and bright. One of my favorite things featured on the buffet is their version of potato salad. It's really spicy and delicious. I'm sure we'll be going for dinner at some point but since it's right around the corner from my office, it's definitely a weekly lunch destination for me.

    1. bob s RE: Rowdy Oct 13, 2010 08:22 PM

      And for those who don't want to click through to their website, the restaurant is in NE Minneapolis, near Surdyk's.

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      Gorkha Palace
      23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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        foreverhungry RE: Rowdy Oct 15, 2010 07:59 PM

        Just went to Gorkha Palace with my girlfriend. The reviews so far are spot on. It's a great space, the staff is very friendly and the service very good, and they have an eye on sound environmental practices.

        The dishes we had were excellent. We started with the yak momos, which were very good, served with a very tasty sauce. GF had the palak paneer, which was excellent. I had the Khasi ko masu - goat meat in yogurt with spices, garlic, and ginger. It tasted like there was some nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon too. It was excellent. It was very interesting, because some pieces were a little tougher than others, but those had a very nice goat flavor. Other pieces were fall-apart tender, and were milder in meat flavor. Overall, great dish. I asked for it "hot", and though at first I thought the dish could be spicier, the heat really kept rising throughout the dish. The next level up is "Gorkha hot", and I'm not sure I'm there yet.

        One of the most interesting "dishes" was the lentil cracker that came out first. It was excellent. Neither of us had had lentil cracker before, and this was really interesting.

        I would order virtually anything on the menu - if it's all of the same quality and complexity as what we had, I could throw darts at the menu to choose and be happy.

        PS - they don't have their liquor license yet, but said they were working on it and should have it soon. In lieu of, we had the green tea (me) and the chai (girlfriend). Both were very good.

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        Gorkha Palace
        23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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