West Bank favorite: Malabari Kitchen
Tucked next to the Cedar Cultural Center sits Malabari Kitchen, a cozy little restaurant that serves South Indian food with big flavor. The only restaurant in Minnesota specializing in Kerala cuisine, Malabari Kitchen’s home style cooking features a rich array of spices and focuses on using only natural ingredients.
I had the chance to pop into the restaurant one afternoon and as soon as I stepped in the door the owner greeted me warmly. He directed me to one of the high top tables and asked if I would like a chai tea. Since it was a cold day, I accepted and was served a creamy, spiced, and slightly sweet beverage. Perfect to warm me up while I perused the menu.
We started with the Kunji Samosa (mini samosas made with lentils) which were fried, crispy, and just the right amount of spice.
For an entrée, Malabari Kitchen is known for their seafood dishes as well as their popular Biryani, but I decided to give the Palappam with Egg Curry a try. The thick curry was a complex blend of spices dotted with hardboiled eggs. It was served with appams, which are thin, crispy-edged pancakes made from fermented rice and perfect for dipping into the curry.
Everything was excellent and I quickly devoured my entire meal. Rest assured, I will be returning to Malabari Kitchen for more of their delicious home style food.
So, the next time you’re headed to a show at the Cedar Cultural Center or just hanging around the West Bank neighborhood, check out Malabari Kitchen for a friendly and unique meal.
For more information head on over to their website: malabarikitchen.com/