Though Bombay Bistro and Dancing Ganesha are still going strong, when upscale Indian restaurant OM closed in early 2011, downtown area diners lost a high-end eat-in spot. Copper Pot Indian Grill, now open in the Lumber Exchange building at Fifth and Hennepin, is trying to fill that void.
How does owner Sree Yeruva plan to make this place different? Here are more details:
After years of working in many different positions in the restaurant industry, Yeruva has done his research on what works and doesn't work in terms of fine-dining establishments in the Twin Cities. He hopes his concept of using super-fresh spices and ingredients, tailoring traditional Indian dishes (focusing on the cuisine of the central region) to local tastes, changing the menu every four to six months, and serving it all in a highly polished setting will help set his eatery apart from the others that have tried and failed in this neighborhood.
Expect familiar kormas, peshawaris, masalas, and aloo gobi, as well as some exotic preparations that make good use of seafood, like an appetizer of blue crab cooked in curried coconut milk. The price range for dishes looks like it runs a little above average for comparable restaurants in the area, with appetizers at $9 to $14 and entrees going from $15 to $28.
The Copper Pot boasts a full bar and an extensive beer and wine list, which may mean there's opportunity for happy hour specials in the near future. They're open for lunch and dinner service and offer a $10 per person buffet that can also be sold as a takeaway meal. Copper Pot Indian Grill
10 S. Fifth St
., Minneapolis612.331.6677; www.copperpotus.com