My parents generously offered to treat me to lunch on my birthday. I decided to use the opportunity to revisit the Namaste Cafe, an Indian and Nepali restaurant in Minneapolis. I had a very memorable squash and bison curry there about a year ago, but haven't made it back since despite my best intentions. In addition to delicious food, the Namaste Cafe has an airy, relaxing feel that puts me in a contented frame of mind.
Since I wanted to try a bunch of different dishes, I ordered the lunch box special. I chose the coconut spinach curry as my entree (the other options were lamb, chicken, or fish curries), which came with sides of butternut squash, aloo bodi (a mixture of potato and black eyed peas), raita (cucumber pieces with a spiced yogurt sauce), and a mini mango sikarni dessert.
My meal was nicely portioned for lunch: enough of everything, but not an overwhelming amount of food. The highlight was the aloo bodi: it was deliciously spiced and perfectly cooked. The coconut spinach curry was tasty as well. However, the butternut squash was somewhat bland and mushy, and the mixture of spices in the raita just didn't do it for me. The mango sikarni was tasty, but not very mango-y; I could only taste cinnamon.
Mike ordered the masala curry with chicken. He enjoyed it, but thought that it would have been better if served with a vegetable side in lieu of some of the meat.
Overall, my birthday lunch at Namaste Cafe was lovely. I would recommend ordering the lunch box special, to sample several offerings and scope out orders for future visits. Next time I will definitely be ordering the very delicious aloo bodi as an entree.
2512 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405