BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT - 2004
One of the most extravagant foodie experiences in the Twin Cities is to be had during the weekends at Udupi's lunch and brunch buffet, when some 30 dishes are spread out for your sampling pleasure. Try the fluffy, polentalike casserole of "special rava kitchadi" and vegetables, which just bursts with spices; whole cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks are hidden in its rich depths. Madras-style aloo kofta has pinwheels of vegetables simmering in a mild and luscious sauce. Try dozens and dozens of things, garnishing them with fresh coconut chutney, cucumber raita as frothy as a milkshake, or fiery lemon pickles. This feast runs $10.99 on the weekends, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and only $7.99 on weekdays. The restaurant is just as elegant and bold with spicing at night, and just as inventive and friendly, of course, but that lunchtime buffet just about puts your eye out with its dazzling, imaginative abundance.