Namaste Cafe

★★★★★
  • 2512 Hennepin Ave 1

    Minneapolis, MN 55405

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  • 612-827-2496

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Mon. - Wed. 11am - 11pm;Thu. - Sun. 11am - 12pm

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Do you love drinking homemade chai? If you love drinking homemade chai, then I suggest to try Namaste Cafe's Ginger Cardomom Chai as well as the Coconut Chai. The tastes of both cardomom and coconut chai are terrific. Both are healthy drinks.

Food at Namaste Cafe are delicious and nutritious. I particularly like their squash curry bison, tofu, lamb mamacha as well as veggie mamacha.It's being served fresh! That's what I like the most of Namaste Cafe!

Servers at NC are friendly and polite! That's what makes this cafe stand out from the rest, their customer service is phenomenal!

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★★★★★

Do you love drinking homemade chai? If you love drinking homemade chai, then I suggest to try Namaste Cafe's Ginger Cardomom Chai as well as the Coconut Chai. The tastes of both cardomom and coconut chai are terrific. Both are healthy drinks.

Food at Namaste Cafe are delicious and nutritious. I particularly like their squash curry bison, tofu, lamb mamacha as well as veggie mamacha.It's being served fresh! That's what I like the most of Namaste Cafe!

Servers at NC are friendly and polite! That's what makes this cafe stand out from the rest, their customer service is phenomenal!

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Being a chai lover, this has got to be every MN's dream come true. This place has replaced my Starbucks chai latte.

I highly recommend the paapri chaat (veg) and chicken momos.

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Being a chai lover, this has got to be every MN's dream come true. This place has replaced my Starbucks chai latte.

I highly recommend the paapri chaat (veg) and chicken momos.

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Being a chai lover, this has got to be every MN's dream come true. This place has replaced my Starbucks chai latte.

I highly recommend the paapri chaat (veg) and chicken momos.

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Being a chai lover, this has got to be every MN's dream come true. This place has replaced my Starbucks chai latte.

I highly recommend the paapri chaat (veg) and chicken momos.

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As a chef, it's hard to go out and eat anywhere because most of the time I can make it better than the places I go, but not this time! Namaste Cafe made it absolutely worth it to trust my taste buds to someone else!
The theme here is FLAVORFUL!( Something lacking in most of the food I have gone out for in the past few years!)
The out door seating was wonderful and it was a great to sit by the fountain. The service was warm and friendly. We started with Lamb Mamacha and Veggie Mamacha with a home made hairssa sauce. My mouth was singing from the first bite! For the main course, I had the Namaste Special Curry with Fish with PERFECTLY cook Basmati Rice and my partner had the Tofu, Mushrooms and Peas with brown Basmati.
I worked for two years with an Indian family, so I know homemade curries made properly, and this was it! Not too hot and full of flavor! I could have kept on eating....The wine selection was great! I had a glass of Malbec and my partner had a wonder Riesling! The Carrot and Coconut Creme Burlee was genius and well executed!
Overall the experience there was a joy and I can't wait to go back! I HIGHLY recommend this cafe!!

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★★★★★

As a chef, it's hard to go out and eat anywhere because most of the time I can make it better than the places I go, but not this time! Namaste Cafe made it absolutely worth it to trust my taste buds to someone else!
The theme here is FLAVORFUL!( Something lacking in most of the food I have gone out for in the past few years!)
The out door seating was wonderful and it was a great to sit by the fountain. The service was warm and friendly. We started with Lamb Mamacha and Veggie Mamacha with a home made hairssa sauce. My mouth was singing from the first bite! For the main course, I had the Namaste Special Curry with Fish with PERFECTLY cook Basmati Rice and my partner had the Tofu, Mushrooms and Peas with brown Basmati.
I worked for two years with an Indian family, so I know homemade curries made properly, and this was it! Not too hot and full of flavor! I could have kept on eating....The wine selection was great! I had a glass of Malbec and my partner had a wonder Riesling! The Carrot and Coconut Creme Burlee was genius and well executed!
Overall the experience there was a joy and I can't wait to go back! I HIGHLY recommend this cafe!!

Pros: Great Food, Great service!!

Cons: I wouldn't change a thing!

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If you go here for no other reason, have their chai! It's authentic and truly exceptional. My fave is the coconut creme, though the marsala & ginger cardamom are worth the trip, too. And the price/quality ratio will surprise you compared to other joints that make hot drinks...great value for what you get.

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★★★★★

If you go here for no other reason, have their chai! It's authentic and truly exceptional. My fave is the coconut creme, though the marsala & ginger cardamom are worth the trip, too. And the price/quality ratio will surprise you compared to other joints that make hot drinks...great value for what you get.

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Namaste Cafe is a cozy little restaurant. The food is exceptional. The tea is delicious. The service is friendly. This place is a gem! The prices are reasonable for the generous portions.

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Namaste Cafe is a cozy little restaurant. The food is exceptional. The tea is delicious. The service is friendly. This place is a gem! The prices are reasonable for the generous portions.

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Namaste is a cozy little Indian cafe' located in an old house on Hennepin Avenue. It has a very intimate feel, but it's warm, exotic, and comfortable, too. The food is excellent and authentic (made to your comfort level of spiciness). The chai selection is almost unparalleled---try the coconut chai. You won't be disappointed! A great choice for a quiet dinner for two or a small group of friends for lunch.

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Namaste is a cozy little Indian cafe' located in an old house on Hennepin Avenue. It has a very intimate feel, but it's warm, exotic, and comfortable, too. The food is excellent and authentic (made to your comfort level of spiciness). The chai selection is almost unparalleled---try the coconut chai. You won't be disappointed! A great choice for a quiet dinner for two or a small group of friends for lunch.

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I have been passing this restaurant/cafe for nearly a year. Always wondering if it was tasty but never walking in. Two close friends and myself felt like indulging in some Fall comfort food, and what better food to warm your being on a chilling evening than Indian. Namaste has created a welcoming and warm environment within the walls of this Uptown duplex. We began our delicious journey with the Mamacha appetizer. These little puffs of joy are filled with a blend of spices that made us all look up at each and smile... Namaste! Then our main course arrived shortly after we ordered, which we were very grateful for as none of us had eaten since lunch. The Squash Curry with Bison was well spiced and the bison was a surprisingly great in this dish. I could definitely taste the g.masala and the garlic with each bit, but it did not over power the squash or bison. The Almond Curry was a little on the sweeter side for me, but this is not to say it wasn't a wonderful dish. I would suggest this to any of my friends that don't really indulge in Indian cuisine often, as it is the perfect curry introduction. The Creamy Masala was the ultimate comfort food, with the creamy rich sauce and the warm ginger and masala flavors... yummy, yummy, yummy. I would suggest sticking with a spicy heat level of between 2 -4... 5 had me sweating a little, but still oh so good. You will also want to order your roti bread when ordering your appetizers, as it took 40 minutes for the bread to come out. Its made from scratch upon request, according to our server. All in all, Namaste Cafe is a gem. It was more than reasonably priced, the service was very good, the atmosphere was cozy, and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend this slightly hidden treasure.

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★★★★★

I have been passing this restaurant/cafe for nearly a year. Always wondering if it was tasty but never walking in. Two close friends and myself felt like indulging in some Fall comfort food, and what better food to warm your being on a chilling evening than Indian. Namaste has created a welcoming and warm environment within the walls of this Uptown duplex. We began our delicious journey with the Mamacha appetizer. These little puffs of joy are filled with a blend of spices that made us all look up at each and smile... Namaste! Then our main course arrived shortly after we ordered, which we were very grateful for as none of us had eaten since lunch. The Squash Curry with Bison was well spiced and the bison was a surprisingly great in this dish. I could definitely taste the g.masala and the garlic with each bit, but it did not over power the squash or bison. The Almond Curry was a little on the sweeter side for me, but this is not to say it wasn't a wonderful dish. I would suggest this to any of my friends that don't really indulge in Indian cuisine often, as it is the perfect curry introduction. The Creamy Masala was the ultimate comfort food, with the creamy rich sauce and the warm ginger and masala flavors... yummy, yummy, yummy. I would suggest sticking with a spicy heat level of between 2 -4... 5 had me sweating a little, but still oh so good. You will also want to order your roti bread when ordering your appetizers, as it took 40 minutes for the bread to come out. Its made from scratch upon request, according to our server. All in all, Namaste Cafe is a gem. It was more than reasonably priced, the service was very good, the atmosphere was cozy, and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend this slightly hidden treasure.

Pros: excellent food, perfect date night on a budget option, great service

Cons: small eating area

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This isn't your stuffy old Indian restaurant. Namaste has is a wonderful place that is a perfect place to go if you want to impress your date. The chai's are amazing and the food is delightful. Check it out!

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★★★★★

This isn't your stuffy old Indian restaurant. Namaste has is a wonderful place that is a perfect place to go if you want to impress your date. The chai's are amazing and the food is delightful. Check it out!

Pros: Ambiance, food, friendliness, chai's

Cons: relaxed service

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This is my fist time writing a review, but I read many of them and find them very helpful. My husband and I were looking for something new and open on Mondays so we stopped into Namaste Cafe. We had an appetizer, I don?t know the name, but it came cold with mushrooms. The description did not have mushrooms listed and if it did we would have not ordered it. Next we split a dish; Cashew something with Tofu. We requested moderate heat and very much enjoyed it. But there were no Cashews in the dish, which is what I would have imaged it would have. The portion was small but we were filled. I do recommend the Carrot, Coconut dessert, it was suggested by the waitress and likened to Creme Brulee; this again was cold, not what we were expecting but it was very good! Try it, but come early before dinner or you won?t have a place to sit; inside at least!

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★★★★☆

This is my fist time writing a review, but I read many of them and find them very helpful. My husband and I were looking for something new and open on Mondays so we stopped into Namaste Cafe. We had an appetizer, I don?t know the name, but it came cold with mushrooms. The description did not have mushrooms listed and if it did we would have not ordered it. Next we split a dish; Cashew something with Tofu. We requested moderate heat and very much enjoyed it. But there were no Cashews in the dish, which is what I would have imaged it would have. The portion was small but we were filled. I do recommend the Carrot, Coconut dessert, it was suggested by the waitress and likened to Creme Brulee; this again was cold, not what we were expecting but it was very good! Try it, but come early before dinner or you won?t have a place to sit; inside at least!

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Cold Food

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I tried Namaste Cafe not really knowing what to expect since I hadn't heard any reviews of it, and was so pleasantly surprised! I've eaten Indian food all my life, and it was extremely refreshing to see that when they say it is Nepalese food, it really is - and not an Indian restaurant owned by a Nepalese family. The food is lightly spiced (as in strength, not heat - that's determined by the diner!), and authentically uses mostly ginger and garlic as its flavoring agents. The chaats are very good, and come covered in real homemade yogurt. Ask if they have the "spice blend" achaar when you go. It's tangy and savory all at the same time, and very good for dipping the paranthas in. Unfortunately, it's not always available.

Last but not least, the chai is amazing! I have been drinking real homemade chai my entire life, and this is the closest you can get to the real thing without having your Indian grandmother make you a cup! My favorite is the Ginger Cardomom Chai. You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I tried Namaste Cafe not really knowing what to expect since I hadn't heard any reviews of it, and was so pleasantly surprised! I've eaten Indian food all my life, and it was extremely refreshing to see that when they say it is Nepalese food, it really is - and not an Indian restaurant owned by a Nepalese family. The food is lightly spiced (as in strength, not heat - that's determined by the diner!), and authentically uses mostly ginger and garlic as its flavoring agents. The chaats are very good, and come covered in real homemade yogurt. Ask if they have the "spice blend" achaar when you go. It's tangy and savory all at the same time, and very good for dipping the paranthas in. Unfortunately, it's not always available.

Last but not least, the chai is amazing! I have been drinking real homemade chai my entire life, and this is the closest you can get to the real thing without having your Indian grandmother make you a cup! My favorite is the Ginger Cardomom Chai. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great food, extremely friendly service, THE CHAI.

Cons: Don't have "spice achaar" regularly, not open late during th

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I have been a regular customer at Namaste Cafe since it opened. The service is always friendly, the food delicious, and the tea excellent. As of late September 2007 they have introduced a new dinner menu! The old favorites remain and many new delicacies have been introduced.

I'm saddened to see the previous two posts, as they completely misrepresent Namaste. Addressing the posts point-by-point:

1. lemonhead2007 says (s)he was served alu [sp] tareko instead of aloo ko achar. Ridiculous. Namaste doesn't serve anything called aloo tareko. Furthermore, aloo ko achar is potatoes with lime juice, spices, and sesame seeds. If the restaurant was lacking in any of those ingredients, they would have just run across the street to Kowalski's and bought some more (I've seen this done many times).

2. smit1112 says (s)he was served a very watery and bland chicken curry massaman, a rather spurious gripe. Namaste does not serve chicken curry massaman. It's not on the menu, you can't order it. And in the more than one-hundred meals I've eaten at Namaste, I have *never* had a watery or bland curry. Namaste curries are thick and savory, rife with flavor.

3. smit1112 also complains that (s)he was not served traditional Tibetan momos. That would be because Namaste serves the Kathmandu adaptation of the dish, called "mamacha". If you call them momos, people will know what you're talking about, but that's really not what they are.

4. Finally, both posters complain about the lack of Nepali authenticity in the food. Namaste Cafe does not purport to be traditional. The owners, Saujanya, Swadesh, and Raji, compose dishes that are inspired by - not adherent to - traditional Nepali cooking. The result: fresh, original delicacies with an intimate connection to their creators. Swadesh and Saujanya have asked me numerous times what I thought of a new dish, and I know it's because what I'm eating isn't just a recipe from a Nepali cookbook - it's their own labor of love.

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★★★★★

I have been a regular customer at Namaste Cafe since it opened. The service is always friendly, the food delicious, and the tea excellent. As of late September 2007 they have introduced a new dinner menu! The old favorites remain and many new delicacies have been introduced.

I'm saddened to see the previous two posts, as they completely misrepresent Namaste. Addressing the posts point-by-point:

1. lemonhead2007 says (s)he was served alu [sp] tareko instead of aloo ko achar. Ridiculous. Namaste doesn't serve anything called aloo tareko. Furthermore, aloo ko achar is potatoes with lime juice, spices, and sesame seeds. If the restaurant was lacking in any of those ingredients, they would have just run across the street to Kowalski's and bought some more (I've seen this done many times).

2. smit1112 says (s)he was served a very watery and bland chicken curry massaman, a rather spurious gripe. Namaste does not serve chicken curry massaman. It's not on the menu, you can't order it. And in the more than one-hundred meals I've eaten at Namaste, I have *never* had a watery or bland curry. Namaste curries are thick and savory, rife with flavor.

3. smit1112 also complains that (s)he was not served traditional Tibetan momos. That would be because Namaste serves the Kathmandu adaptation of the dish, called "mamacha". If you call them momos, people will know what you're talking about, but that's really not what they are.

4. Finally, both posters complain about the lack of Nepali authenticity in the food. Namaste Cafe does not purport to be traditional. The owners, Saujanya, Swadesh, and Raji, compose dishes that are inspired by - not adherent to - traditional Nepali cooking. The result: fresh, original delicacies with an intimate connection to their creators. Swadesh and Saujanya have asked me numerous times what I thought of a new dish, and I know it's because what I'm eating isn't just a recipe from a Nepali cookbook - it's their own labor of love.

Pros: Unique food, excellent teas, laid-back ambiance

Cons: Busy during peak hours

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Pros

nice ambiance, friendly server, good tea, organic

Cons

comparatively expensive, our waiter did not tell us that they ran out of alu ko achar and brought us alu tareko, when i asked him if he made a mistake on order he tried to insist that he brought alu ko achar not alu tareko meaning i got the right dish. i told him i am from nepal too and know the difference then he told me that they ran out of alu ko achar. appitizer came together with entre and food were luke warm

still like the place except for the servers lie. everest on grand is still better.

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★☆☆☆☆

Pros

nice ambiance, friendly server, good tea, organic

Cons

comparatively expensive, our waiter did not tell us that they ran out of alu ko achar and brought us alu tareko, when i asked him if he made a mistake on order he tried to insist that he brought alu ko achar not alu tareko meaning i got the right dish. i told him i am from nepal too and know the difference then he told me that they ran out of alu ko achar. appitizer came together with entre and food were luke warm

still like the place except for the servers lie. everest on grand is still better.

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My boyfriend and I stopped at Namaste for a light dinner on a Monday evening. We sat outside, we were waited on fairly quickly and ordered a black tea (iced) and a vanilla Chai. The black tea had an aroma of wood shavings, to some that may seem fresh and "good for you", but the flavors surrounding the palate were of the earth and...more wood shavings. We began the meal with the "Momos"; they were not called Momos on the menu, but when the server brought them out she called them Momos, so we were slightly confused. They were flavorful, but made with Chinese won ton wraps and not the traditional dough used by Tibetans. The meals we ordered were very bland and lacked the traditional combination of flavors and spice and were in much smaller portions than expected. The chicken curry massaman was a red curry and extremely watery, not thick like most I have had at such places as Everest on Grand, a Nepalese restaurant in St. Paul. I tasted very little coriander or cumin. I asked for a 4 out of 5 spice and it came out sweet rather than spicy at all. The bean dish we ordered was much more spicy, but flavorless. Even a bit of salt would have enhanced the flavor of the spice at least. It was also a very small portion, served with a small dish of jasmine rice for $9. For the portion size and lack of flavor the cost was too great. I will not be going back for the food, which is hard for us to say as we always give restaurants a second chance. The Chai variety is the only reason I would stop back in. It just was not worth it.

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★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I stopped at Namaste for a light dinner on a Monday evening. We sat outside, we were waited on fairly quickly and ordered a black tea (iced) and a vanilla Chai. The black tea had an aroma of wood shavings, to some that may seem fresh and "good for you", but the flavors surrounding the palate were of the earth and...more wood shavings. We began the meal with the "Momos"; they were not called Momos on the menu, but when the server brought them out she called them Momos, so we were slightly confused. They were flavorful, but made with Chinese won ton wraps and not the traditional dough used by Tibetans. The meals we ordered were very bland and lacked the traditional combination of flavors and spice and were in much smaller portions than expected. The chicken curry massaman was a red curry and extremely watery, not thick like most I have had at such places as Everest on Grand, a Nepalese restaurant in St. Paul. I tasted very little coriander or cumin. I asked for a 4 out of 5 spice and it came out sweet rather than spicy at all. The bean dish we ordered was much more spicy, but flavorless. Even a bit of salt would have enhanced the flavor of the spice at least. It was also a very small portion, served with a small dish of jasmine rice for $9. For the portion size and lack of flavor the cost was too great. I will not be going back for the food, which is hard for us to say as we always give restaurants a second chance. The Chai variety is the only reason I would stop back in. It just was not worth it.

Pros: Location, Ambience and Chai variety

Cons: Parking, Value and Flavorful food

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What a charming place, and what amazing food. I had the best iced tea I've ever had there, and all the food was fresh and delicious. I had such a hard time making up my mind, so we ordered two appetizers to share (veggie mamachas, and aloo chaat-- both of which were great), and agreed ahead of time that we would sample from one another's entrees. I ordered raajma, a delicious seasoned kidney bean dish which was served with rice. The spices in it were complex, rich, and deeply satisfying. For dessert, I had the rasmalai-- a combination of lightly spiced spongy ricotta cheese, milk, and pistachios, which was refreshing, light, and a nice finish to the meal. The service was extremely friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and calm. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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★★★★★

What a charming place, and what amazing food. I had the best iced tea I've ever had there, and all the food was fresh and delicious. I had such a hard time making up my mind, so we ordered two appetizers to share (veggie mamachas, and aloo chaat-- both of which were great), and agreed ahead of time that we would sample from one another's entrees. I ordered raajma, a delicious seasoned kidney bean dish which was served with rice. The spices in it were complex, rich, and deeply satisfying. For dessert, I had the rasmalai-- a combination of lightly spiced spongy ricotta cheese, milk, and pistachios, which was refreshing, light, and a nice finish to the meal. The service was extremely friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and calm. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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My boyfriend and I have been to Namaste four times now and have been impressed every time. The food tastes great and is healthy too. Chloe is one of our favorites, but we have liked everything we?ve tried. The ambiance is relaxing and comfortable, and the food is very reasonably priced. They offer take out too!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I have been to Namaste four times now and have been impressed every time. The food tastes great and is healthy too. Chloe is one of our favorites, but we have liked everything we?ve tried. The ambiance is relaxing and comfortable, and the food is very reasonably priced. They offer take out too!

Pros: Service, value, great food

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my husband and i have been regulars at namaste cafe since they opened. we've probably had everything on the menu - and are always happy with our food. we had dinner there last night and both had the kathmandu curry, mine with lamb - his with fish and we must have said WOW numerous times. they've changed things a bit and just when you thought it couldn't get any better......it has. the complexity and variety of the savory spices was nothing less than amazing. if you haven't been there in a while, go back. if you've never been....then get there soon! the food, chai are great, the service always friendly and welcoming.

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★★★★★

my husband and i have been regulars at namaste cafe since they opened. we've probably had everything on the menu - and are always happy with our food. we had dinner there last night and both had the kathmandu curry, mine with lamb - his with fish and we must have said WOW numerous times. they've changed things a bit and just when you thought it couldn't get any better......it has. the complexity and variety of the savory spices was nothing less than amazing. if you haven't been there in a while, go back. if you've never been....then get there soon! the food, chai are great, the service always friendly and welcoming.

Pros: friendly faces, amazing food, nepali artwork and sculpture

Cons: uptown parking

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A pleasing ambient eating place opened in a house. I really enjoyed authentic chais with lots of spices. But food tasted quite bland and lacks ethinic flavors. In breads they do not carry rotis, they just had too oily under-cooked parathas.

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★★★☆☆

A pleasing ambient eating place opened in a house. I really enjoyed authentic chais with lots of spices. But food tasted quite bland and lacks ethinic flavors. In breads they do not carry rotis, they just had too oily under-cooked parathas.

Pros: Good setting and chais

Cons: Bland food

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This restaurant is a terrific addition to the uptown scene. The food is very good, fresh, and different. The chai tea is particularly outstanding. The warm is room and inviting, and the service is knowledgeable and friendly. If you're looking for something a little bit different, definitely try this place.

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This restaurant is a terrific addition to the uptown scene. The food is very good, fresh, and different. The chai tea is particularly outstanding. The warm is room and inviting, and the service is knowledgeable and friendly. If you're looking for something a little bit different, definitely try this place.

Pros: all

Cons: none

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We live just a block away and tried namaste the other evening. What a charming little place! The food was fabulous (had curry with lamb, the dumplings and a potato appetizer, all were delicious.). It's clear they are realy making an effort, all the servers were attentive and helpful. We sat on the porch at a darling table, although the inside is gorgeous, rich colors and intimate tables, definatly the place to be in a cold winter evening as well as a warm summer one. The chai was as good as everyone says it is. The prices and the portions make this place a bit too spendy for two young people to go any time we feel like it, but it is going to be a favorite for nice occasions. It is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and I wish it good luck.

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★★★★★

We live just a block away and tried namaste the other evening. What a charming little place! The food was fabulous (had curry with lamb, the dumplings and a potato appetizer, all were delicious.). It's clear they are realy making an effort, all the servers were attentive and helpful. We sat on the porch at a darling table, although the inside is gorgeous, rich colors and intimate tables, definatly the place to be in a cold winter evening as well as a warm summer one. The chai was as good as everyone says it is. The prices and the portions make this place a bit too spendy for two young people to go any time we feel like it, but it is going to be a favorite for nice occasions. It is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and I wish it good luck.

Pros: food, ambiance and service are all just what you'd hope they would be

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Exceptional food. Great service. Ambient surroundings. Will definitely go back again. Take your boyfriend!

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★★★★★

Exceptional food. Great service. Ambient surroundings. Will definitely go back again. Take your boyfriend!

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Being a healthy ethnic food fanatic, my choices are somewhat limited because most ethnic food restaurants use pastes and lots of oil. Not Namaste. These guys serve up delicious, healthy food at a tremendous bargain. And very romantic too.

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★★★★★

Being a healthy ethnic food fanatic, my choices are somewhat limited because most ethnic food restaurants use pastes and lots of oil. Not Namaste. These guys serve up delicious, healthy food at a tremendous bargain. And very romantic too.

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I took my team from work to Namaste for dinner because my wife and I enjoy the food here so much. This cozy homestyle gourmet cafe's ability to serve a wonderful, hot meal to 15 people thoroughly impressed us. Great food takes time, especially for a big group. Chef Saunjanya only uses fresh natural ingredients and cooks every meal from scratch. The aromas are magnificent, the flavours authentic Nepalese. My favorites are the aloo-tiki and the lamb curry. They remind me of the comfort a wonderful meal provides after a long trek in Nepal.

After dinner, definitely try a chai. If you are a global tea-shop hunting connoisseur, you will find that some of the teas here are better than those in Moby's cafe -- Teeny -- in New York's Lower East Side.

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★★★★★

I took my team from work to Namaste for dinner because my wife and I enjoy the food here so much. This cozy homestyle gourmet cafe's ability to serve a wonderful, hot meal to 15 people thoroughly impressed us. Great food takes time, especially for a big group. Chef Saunjanya only uses fresh natural ingredients and cooks every meal from scratch. The aromas are magnificent, the flavours authentic Nepalese. My favorites are the aloo-tiki and the lamb curry. They remind me of the comfort a wonderful meal provides after a long trek in Nepal.

After dinner, definitely try a chai. If you are a global tea-shop hunting connoisseur, you will find that some of the teas here are better than those in Moby's cafe -- Teeny -- in New York's Lower East Side.

Pros: Fresh-cut Ingredients, Great Service, The best chai!

Cons: Just opened so no liq, or license yet

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Excellent chai and pots of tea of various kinds, all using ingredients from the owners' family tea plantation in Nepal.

Really delicious food and pleasant atmosphere, a great place to visit with anyone, whether family, friends, or dates. It's welcoming and casual, just have a hot or iced beverage or a full meal without being made to feel rushed to order, eat and move on. What a café should be!

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Excellent chai and pots of tea of various kinds, all using ingredients from the owners' family tea plantation in Nepal.

Really delicious food and pleasant atmosphere, a great place to visit with anyone, whether family, friends, or dates. It's welcoming and casual, just have a hot or iced beverage or a full meal without being made to feel rushed to order, eat and move on. What a café should be!

Pros: outdoor dining, lunch menu, cozy

Cons: Hennepin parking

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We've been three times and are also destined to become regulars! The brothers are so friendly and welcoming, the space so hip, nicely decorated and intimate that we feel as though we could move right in! The appetizers are wonderful, we've tried them all and loved the Mamacha (eat them with your fingers--in one bite!) and the exotic Aloo Achat (potaoes with mixed spices). The entrees and the chai are what really shine. Order the combo platter (it will feed 2-3) and finish with chai. You won't find a better cup anywhere. The perfect evening!

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★★★★★

We've been three times and are also destined to become regulars! The brothers are so friendly and welcoming, the space so hip, nicely decorated and intimate that we feel as though we could move right in! The appetizers are wonderful, we've tried them all and loved the Mamacha (eat them with your fingers--in one bite!) and the exotic Aloo Achat (potaoes with mixed spices). The entrees and the chai are what really shine. Order the combo platter (it will feed 2-3) and finish with chai. You won't find a better cup anywhere. The perfect evening!

Pros: Authentic, Romantic, Delicious

Cons: Parking Limited, Slow Dining, Inexperienced Help

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The food was so good, I actually stopped hearing the conversation of my friends! I've eaten at Namaste Cafe twice now, and it's been absolutely delicious both times. I think I will dream about the succulent Sekuwa appetizer every night. The Mamacha is to die for. And who my Ginger Cardomom Chai was pure heaven. I will be a regular. The Regular.

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★★★★★

The food was so good, I actually stopped hearing the conversation of my friends! I've eaten at Namaste Cafe twice now, and it's been absolutely delicious both times. I think I will dream about the succulent Sekuwa appetizer every night. The Mamacha is to die for. And who my Ginger Cardomom Chai was pure heaven. I will be a regular. The Regular.

Pros: Delicious food, Beautiful ambience, Great location

 

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