In stark contrast to Mount Everest's chilly altitudes, Everest on Grand serves warm curries and vegetarian-friendly Nepali dishes accessible without the need for a knowledgeable Sherpa guide. Tandoor-cooked goat and lamb curries complement plentiful vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free offerings made with locally available produce and spices from India and Nepal. The eatery also serves grass-fed Tibetan yak raised in Cold Spring, Minnesota, a convergence of exotic and local not seen since the Mall of America was converted into a pyramid.
At Indian Aroma, spicy Northern Indian dishes sizzle inside a traditional tandoori oven. This oven's clay interior adds a smokey flavor to the food, which exits the oven looking as colorful as the dining room's cumin-colored walls. The restaurant's chefs, who are Indian natives, create these curries and biryanis à la carte, but they also serve them up on the buffet alongside spicy sauces, refreshing yogurts, and warm pieces of naan. Together, these components create a meal that is both hot and cool, much like a leather jacket that's been left in direct sunlight too long.
In the kitchens of Indian Zayka, chefs whip up Indian and Sri Lankan specialties served á la carte at dinner or as part of a vast lunch buffet with almost 20 self-serve dishes. An extensive list of vegetarian meals sates plant-based cravings, while meat eaters can dig into lamb and homesick mermen can bite into seafood. The menu also has a section devoted to Sri Lankan plates, and that section includes a category of "deviled" entrees named for their tongue-goosing spiciness. Lassi, a traditional mango smoothie harvested from a smoothie tree, can accompany dinners, lunches, or an array of desserts.
Taj Indian Grill’s menu is brimming with classic Indian dishes, but it leaves room for Pan-Asian favorites such as Thai green curry ($8 with chicken) and sweet-and-sour chicken ($7). Start with an appetizer such as samosa, triangles of crust stuffed with spiced veggies or chicken (two pieces, $4), before selecting a main mouthful such as tender lamb rogan josh ($11). For a romantic or gigantic meal, there’s the tandoori platter for two ($27), a plate piled high with chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, lamb tikka, steak tikka, shrimp, rice, and cilantro naan bread. Complement your plate with a potable pairing of beer, wine, or Indian tea or coffee.
At Dancing Ganesha, a comfortable, modern atmosphere and breeze patio complement a varied menu of traditional Indian cuisine, including tandoori chicken and paper-thin dosa crêpes. Exotically spiced plates, such as lamb vindaloo and saag paneer, arrive at polished wooden tables, which are illuminated by the restaurant's elegant built-in ceiling lights and elephants holding candles with their trunks. Dancing Ganesha also holds its “karma” happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, during which diners can order $5 appetizers, $2 tap drinks, and half off anything else at the bar.