We love the diverse ethnic restaurants that are scattered throughout the W Lafayette Rd area in Indianapolis. Although, the area, in general, is literally run down to practically nothing; with large vacant lots and buildings every direction you look, it is rich in ethnic diversity. This includes culinary diversity. My partner and I like to explore new places and be as creative as we can when we visit these new places. Last night, we went to Udupi Cafe. It was definitely hidded; inside the building The Pasage to India. We never knew there was such a large restaurant inside and we will often go to the India Palace (which is in the same building, it just has an outside entrance). Our first impression was that it was quiet in this building and we wondered if it was open. There was a salon and a grocery store, but they were both closed. The restaurant was, indeed, open. We were greeted by the owner, who was also our server. He was very friendly and educated us about cuisine in southern India. We wanted to be adventuous, but we didn't know where to start. We talked for awhile with the owner about our likes/dislikes and he made suggestions to help us choose our entire meal. Everything was wonderful! The flavors were amazing (not to mention, many of the spices have healing properties). We were so pleased with his suggestions (that could be a risky situation...he pretty much suggested everything we ordered) and are excited to try other flavors on the buffet (lunch and wknds). I haven't actually ever written a restaurant review before, but our experience last night was so awesome and so unique, I had to share.
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