The first time I went to Gorkha Palace was with my sister, Ashley, before I had moved to Northeast. We were driving around looking for something different since she was visiting me “in the city” from the deep country a.k.a New Richmond, Wisconsin, where people have gardens with rows of vegetables, chickens that they plan on eating later as pets, and a four wheeler path in their backyard…hicks. Right, Ash? Haha.
Anyway, once she saw the sign for the Gorkha Palace she was set on getting Naan, and I was ready to try something new.
It ended up being the best decision we could have made. The food was delicious, the service was great, and for months I’ve been craving it, but haven’t yet found someone willing to venture back with me. So I finally gave in to my craving and ordered take-out.
Gorkha Palace has a variety of Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes. According to their website they use “ingredients sourced from local organic and sustainable farming,” organic dairy, meats that are naturally and humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics, their spices are ground fresh and their ghee (butter) is made in house.
I don’t remember what I had the first time, but this time I ordered Chicken Coconut. The sauce is made of coconut milk, jalapenos, cucumber, basil and tomato sauce. I definitely recommend it. I got the mild version, which had a great blend of sweet, but next time I think I’d get it a little spicier.
I also knew I was getting MoMo (a Tibet/Nepal dumpling), but I couldn’t decide between the three types; chicken, yak, or veggie, so I ended up getting the MoMo combination platter. I suggest you do the same.
While I did really enjoy the Naan, which is an Asian flatbread, I didn’t order it this time, because it seemed a little excessive.
The food is delicious, but if you’re trying to eat on a budget I would suggest family style. The menu is pretty pricey.
There’s a decent selection of beer and wine. They also have tea and Mexican Coke, which I’m finding to be quite normal in NE Minneapolis.
Both times the staff’s been super friendly. Our waitress the first time was also really helpful while we were picking our entrees.
It’s a smaller place, so depending on where you’re sitting it can get a little claustrophobic, but there is some interesting art on the walls and the color scheme is very warm and rich.
Gorkha Palace is also a green establishment. They partner with Eureka Recycling to compost leftover food, paper products, and packaging materials. So you even have an excuse not to feel bad about eating out. Winning.
23 4th St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Monday – Thursday: 11AM – 2PM; 5PM – 9PM
Friday – Saturday: 11AM – 10PM
Sunday: 5PM – 9PM