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Plate of food at Bluefox Indian Bar & Grill
The latest addition to St. Louis Park’s Shops at West End shifts the paradigm of local Indian restaurants. It has a distinct focus on Southern Indian cuisine, meaning no tandoori or korma here. Instead, you’ll find masalas, Hyderabadi biryanis, and dosa. There’s also a distinctive cocktail program featuring drinks made with local Tattersall spirits and fun combinations of nectars and Indian spices. Cheers to something new and interesting on the Indian dining scene!
In fact, Bluefox feels more like a modern tavern, with seating primarily along the edge of a large, gleaming bar and at a collection of high-top tables facing numerous TVs. Like any good bar, there is a collection of small plates, but instead of wild wings, find chili chicken—boneless chicken nuggets blended with chili sauce, garlic, a roasted bell pepper, and an onion puree; it builds to a wonderful, spicy crescendo. The kale pakora was an unexpectedly great choice: yellow lentils and rice, fried kale leaves with roasted onion, and roasted chili chutneys. Of the small entrée section, a standout was the luscious and deep curry of cubed Hyderabad lamb simmered in a tomato sauce.
For drinks, try the Bombay Bootleg, a potent blend of Tattersall gin, mint-garam masala nectar, lime juice, and habanero tincture. Ditto the Northbound Langur, which is a tart mash-up of Tattersall aquavit, mango-basil-coriander nectar, lemon juice, and a spritz of soda.
At many Indian restaurants, the pacing tends to be rushed, but here it was just right. In all, Bluefox is a solid new spot filled with new ideas. 5377 W. 16th St., St. Louis Park, 952-500-8836, bluefoxmn.com