23 4th St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tony and I have been wanting to try the new Gorkha Palace since it opened. We stopped by once, but it was a Monday and they were closed. We made it there on a weekend day for lunch, and they were open, but not very busy. With us, there were four groups of people.
The sever greeted us and took our drink order right away. Then she walked away, but still within eye sight. Another person came to our table and took our lunch order. After 10 - 12 minutes the server came back and told us that the other person was new and never turned in our order. So, we would have to wait another ten minutes before we got anything to eat. The server was nice enough, just not prompt. One man, after receiving his check and waiting for the server to return, had to go up to the bar to pay.
We ordered Chicken Mo Mo to start. Mo Mo is a steamed dumpling. Grokha Palace makess five types of Mo Mos including Yak, Mutton and Vegetable. They are served with a tomato chutney. They were pretty tasty, warm and well seasoned. The Mo Mo comes in a six or ten piece order and cost between six and twelve dollars. This appetizer was my favorite part of our meal.
For our entrée we had Aaloo Bhindi ($9.99), potatoes and okra sauteed with onions and tomatoes. I thought it was alright. It was too greasy for me, but the flavor was nice. Tony didn't like it. He didn't say why. We also ordered the Daal, a stew made with lentils ($3.99). It was fine.
I can't eat Indian food without naan. We had the Garlic Naan for $3.50. It was freshly cooked. Crisp on the bottom, soft and chewy the rest of the way through.
There are two coke options on the menu. Can Coke, or Mexican Coke in a glass bottle. Tony ordered the bottle of coke, but received it in a glass, which is how they serve the can coke. We were still charged for a bottle. I think the server should of paid more attention to what she was doing. She did take 20% off of our final check, I would of offered more of a discount.
Overall, my experience at Gorkha Palace was pretty mediocre. I'll stick with India House and Nameste Café for now.