Curry ‘N’ Noodles in Hopkins

Curry 'N' Noodles in Hopkins

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Indian buffets are as common as be-goggled winter bicyclers in these parts. From Everest on Grand to Gandhi Mahal in South Minneapolis, you can find yourself a steaming plate of something spicy in virtually any corner of Minneapolis-St. Paul. But out on squeaky-clean Hopkins Main Street, where storefronts are young and the businesses predictable, there’s a 49-seat spot called Curry ‘N’ Noodles.

The lunch buffet ($9) is good, the naan varieties extensive, and the samosas flaky fantastic. The restaurant bills itself as Indo-Chinese, a now-popular combination in India itself. The cumin-laced wok creation called Chili Chicken is earthy and decent, but the masala dishes on the evening menu are where things really blow up.

Samosas at Curry 'N' Noodles in Hopkins, MN

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Indian food has a mysterious way of being delicious even when it’s not. The harmony of a billion spices humming in every bite satisfies a hankering for the exotic. It can be lukewarm or a little bitter and still be interesting simply because of its immense depth of flavor. Curry ‘N’ Noodles takes this idea, wraps it in cream (a practice typical of Northern Indian cooking), and turns it out fat and rich and fit for the most gluttonous king.

A great example is the Malai Kofta ($11). Soft golden orbs of fried mashed potatoes, like savory doughnut holes, are paired with a yellow curry that has the buttery decadence of something like crème brulee. Along the same lines is Saag Gosht ($13), a velvety sauce of sautéed spinach and flavorful cream coating impossibly tender chunks of almost gamey goat. And the Butter Chicken ($11) kills, with a kind of tomatoey parmesan tang to its own silky sauce.

The Mirchi Ka Salan ($10) is an excellent choice for fans of a little more heat. It highlights whole, braised green chilies that look like the biggest, most chartreuse penne pasta you’ve ever seen. They appear swimming in a creamy peanut- and sesame-spiked curry and let their juices go at the slightest prodding, permeating the rest of the dish.

Dessert at Curry 'N' Noodles in Hopkins, MN

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If you haven’t quite slurped and buttered yourself into a tight, after-dinner coffin, make a last grab for the Gulab Jamun ($4), the dessert of toasty milk pastry balls swimming in golden syrup. The burnt caramel edge to the syrup keeps it from sending you from the shop shivering with diabetic convulsions.

Entrees at Curry ‘N’ Noodles arrive in small metal bowls, precious enough to coo over before ravaging their contents. And honestly, the level of richness is so great that you need only moisten the rice with a spoonful or two of whatever you’ve ordered. The portions aren’t enormous, but they suit the food’s density and high quality. You might even want to save a spoonful or two just to relive the glory the next day, as an appetizer to your real and, let’s face it, far less princely lunch.

Curry ‘N’ Noodles
Indo-Chinese in Hopkins
802 Main St
Hopkins, MN 55343
952.681.7834
OWNER / CHEF: Prem Gollapalli / Ranjith Rajendran
HOURS: Sun-Mon and Wed-Thurs 11-2:30pm and 5-9pm
Fri-Sat 11:30-2:30pm and 5-10pm
Closed Tues
BAR: Beer and wine
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED: Yes / No
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Limited
AVERAGE ENTREE: $9-$15

Curry N Noodles in Hopkins MN

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Emily comes from a family notorious for dunking whole pieces of cake into cold glasses of milk. It’s no surprise she inherited their angry sweet tooth and a devotion to pudding. Between a string of restaurant industry gigs, she has tutored writing, biked across Quebec, studied cheese, and baked cakes professionally. A perennial Minnesotan, Emily is at home in South Minneapolis where parking is prolific and the livin' is easy.

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4 Comments

  1. The Indian options in the Twin Cities are so disappointing compared to the coasts (one of the few big flaws left) that the bar is pretty low for success.

  2. Yes! I live a couple blocks from here and as a Minnesota-New York-Minnesota re-transplant, I can vouch for its deliciousness. By any level the bar is set, Curry and Noodles is delicious. I’ve never had their “Chinese” offerings, though.

  3. Agree with Ashley. But – Honestly? What!?..low bar …the coasts?.get the heck out here with that pretentious dribble.. out out !…forgettaboutit!…This is better than any Indian food I’ve had in on the coasts – this place is a treasure – high quality – low prices – attentive friendly service – all in a ambience deprived low rent hole in the wall! love it – go to the coast and eat Honestly

  4. I’m with Danny, this place is indeed special – in it’s authenticity and intention. I am from California, grew up eating tandoor and curries…and these dishes are among the best. If you don’t believe me, just check out the loyal Indian patrons that crowd the place in the late evenings!

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