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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Mon–Thu noon–9:30pm
Fri noon–10:00pm
Sat 2:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 4:00pm–9:00pm

Features Veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


Capitol Hill
1833 Broadway
Seattle, WA
(206) 320-7770
Annapurna Café
Strong specialty dishes from Nepal and Tibet complement reliable Indian fare

This basement space has an incredibly uninspiring entrance, past a depressing teriyaki joint and down a carpeted stairwell. The dining room, however, is more charming than most restaurants in the same price category: Tibetan prayer flags decorate orange and yellow walls, and at dinner, when the lights are dimmed, the place has a pleasant glow.

With six types of curry, multiple saag and masala selections, and Nepalese and Tibetan dishes, Annapurna’s menu is a little overwhelming. Take-out is sometimes a bit inconsistent—merely good, that is, instead of really good—but those of us who are regulars here can honestly say we’ve never had a bad meal.

Tandoori and masala options are aromatic and pleasantly spicy (Annapurna uses the standard ethnic-restaurant star system for selecting spiciness, but each level is a little hotter than you’d expect.) Naan is great in all its permutations, and don’t forget to ask for some mint chutney.

Standout dishes usually come from the list of house specialties and dinner specials: for example, Lhasa curry (a Tibetan mix of spices and herbs in a creamy tomato sauce), mango mazza (mango, paneer, and vegetables in a spicy curry sauce), and anything in ko masu curry (a Nepalese variety with spices, ginger, and onions). There’s an interesting selection of imported bottled beers, including Lhasa, a hard-to-find Tibetan brew.

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