Southern Vegetarian Indian?
Yes, yes, I admit I watched "Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant" on Netflix, and now, based on one of the finalist's cuisine, I want southern indian food. As in, food mainly from the Gujarat or Kerela region--as in vegetarian, as in no tikka this or rogan josh that. I had heard of a place in Columbia Heights called Nala Pak, but it seems it's closed. The closest I can find is Everest on Grand, which is not exactly hitting the mark.
Any gems anywhere in the Twin Cities?
Doas King. It's way the hell towards Blaine, but it's worth it. I don't know specifically what region it is, but it's all vegetarian. The staff is really friendly if a bit unpolished. 3 of us tried to order the 3-person 5 course meal once, but were talked down to the 2-person, and it was still plenty of food.
Dosa's are giant crepes with a filling. Think "Indian-style burrito". Eaten with the hands generally. Some are comically big.
I love the kofta "meat"balls. I want to be buried in that sauce. Gobi Manchurian also rules.
http://dosaking.webs.com/menu.htm - warning: music starts playing, the controls are at the very bottom of the page.
Another hole in the wall is India Cafe in Richfield. I don't think they are region-specific, but had plenty of vegetarian options.
Gordon Ramsay rules. No apologies necessary.
I thought I heard that Bombay Bistro in DT Mpls offers South Indian at one side of their restaurant, and N Indian at the other. Though I could be mistaken ...
now I am not a local, but a search says, these places have what you are looking for:
- Malabari Kitchen: http://malabarikitchen.com/
- Annapurna Bhavan: 4920 Central Ave NE
Also, a tiny little thing to clarify:
Gujarat is not part of South India. It's Central or Western Indian at best. This is from both, an entho-cultural point of view as well as geographical. It is also 99% vegetarian, which is a lot more than South India, which has a substantial amount of seafood and meat (even beef) in the diet.
South India is (loosely) defined by the 4 southern states. Their cuisines have a vast array of non-vegetarian dishes (especially Andhra cuisine) and lentils and rice are the foundations.
Gujarati food is a lot blander/simpler. You won't find any Sambar or Idli or Dosa here. What you will find is Dhokla, Dal, Baati & Churma. The cuisine is based on grains, root veggies and grains.