Saturday, October 02, 2010

GORKHA PALACE - Minneapolis

Gorkha Palace is one the newest eateries in Northeast Minneapolis. The deep, golden orange walls and simple, cozy decor are warm & welcoming. Rashmi Bhattachan, Gorkha's very friendly co-owner, has been selling her incredible Nepalese dumplings for the past 4 years at the Mill City Market. She told me that after hearing the same comments from her food stand's regular customers, the time had come to take the next leap and open a restaurant. Gorkha Place has been open for 30 days.

While reading the tantalizing menu, we nibbled on Paapaddums - a super thin crispy lentil cracker from India. We order 2 sauces for dipping: Golbheda Achaar - a spicy tomato chutney with garlic, ginger, and jalapeno; Raita - a tangy yogurt based sauce with chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and black pepper. The Golbdheda Achaar was fantastic; we felt the Raita needed more sweet and spice and less "sour" from the yogurt. The paapaddums were very tasty but a bit more "oily" than the paapaddums I had when traveling in India. I attribute this to being new and the eatery being very busy tonight. There was not an empty table in the house.

Alejandro and I began our incredible meal with a plate of Yak Momos. Yes, yak. These Nepalese steamed pot stickers (a bit larger than a golf ball) were stuffed with ground yak, tidbits of scallion, shredded cabbage, minced garlic & ginger and accented with mild curry & garam masala. Garam masala is a blend of cloves, malabar leaves, black cumin, black & white peppercorns, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon; this blend is often found in Indian cuisine.
These delicious, slightly chewy pot stickers were paired with a marvelous tomato chutney of tomato puree, bits of tomato, cilantro, & onion. The yak is raised locally in Cold Spring MN from stock brought to Minnesota from Tibet. The Yak Man ( sells his special meat to many of the Tibetan restaurant in the upper Midwest.

Our choice for dinner was another first for both of us. . . Khasi Ko Masu (halal). This scrumptious stew-like entree of bone-in chunks of locally grown goat in a thick sauce of yogurt, yellow curry, ginger, and onion. Stewing the meat+bone added a fantastic depth to the sauce. The "stew" is spooned over white rice. We were told the goat bones are meant to held with your fingers & nibbled clean. Unbelievably delicious!

I am very anxious to return for more of Rashmi's food made with love for her growing legion of friends!

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$ 10

$$ 20

$$$ 30

$$$$ 40+


+ Stop bothering me!

++ Anyone here?

+++ Stopped when in the area.

++++ As needed and friendly.

+++++ Invisibly perfect!


& “One visit too many!”

&& “Convince me!”

&&& “I’ll be back!”

&&&& “Same table next week!”