It had been just over a year since Matt and I last visited Namaste Cafe, and there have been some menu changes since then. The food trucks now have a semi-permanent home at Downtown Disney’s West Side at Exposition Park – a grassy area next to Starbucks. Three of the four food trucks were there the day of our visit, as well as the merchandise Truck Shop – Fantasy Fare, the Magic Kingdom themed truck, was missing.
The menu currently features Lamb Kefta, Butter Chicken, Char-grilled Shrimp, and a Dipping Safari.
The Slow-cooked Beef Short Ribs, which we ordered on our last visit, are no longer on the menu. Instead, Lamb Kefta is offered. Char-grilled Shrimp replaces Tandoori Spiced Shrimp, and Butter Chicken remains.
While typically kefta is an item I love to order when I see it on a menu, I was in the mood to try the Dipping Safari. I a big fan of the Indian-style Bread Service at Sanaa, so I wanted a little taste of that and a bit of a lighter meal.
Apart from the charred Naan and accompanying sauce, two large Potato and Pea Samosas come with the dish. These are much larger than the ones you’ll find at Mr. Kamal’s kiosk in Animal Kingdom, and on par with the version served at Sanaa (see Nick & Nora’s review over at Extra WDW Magic!).
The filling featured potatoes that were fairly smooth with a few chunky pieces and peas. The seasoning were noticeable, and there was a little bit of heat. The dough was a combination of chewy and flaky. Overall, I thought these were quite good.
A full piece of Naan is served, and it was slightly charred and cut into quarters. The bread tasted fresh and had a good chew.
The Coriander Chutney is an interesting choice, as coriander itself can be a polarizing flavor for some. Personally, I thought this was the most successful of the three dips and seemed to have a bit of heat as well. The hummus was on the runny side and had a strong tahini flavor, which I felt overpowered it. The Cucumber Raita was pretty standard, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Some pickled vegetables were served to the side as well, which added a nice vinegary bite.
Overall, I thought the dish was very good (despite the runny hummus), and I’d probably order it again if I was craving samosas or the bread service and couldn’t make it to Sanaa. While I’m bummed to see the Slow-cooked Beef Short Ribs removed, I’m happy it was replaced by Lamb Kefta, which I need to try. I’ll note that the truck seemed pretty popular, with several orders of Butter Chicken and the Dipping Safari being passed out the window. For flavor profiles that set Namaste Cafe apart from the other trucks, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Have you visited the Namaste Cafe food truck? What did you order, and what are your thoughts?