Went to Mina for a celebratory dinner on Thursday night - here's the scoop:
First off, the staff are all just the loveliest people. They were a little short-staffed when we were there, but they made a real effort to make sure everything went well. The service was a little stilted because the waiter was out sick, but it kind of felt like we were at home - when we wanted something to drink, we got it ourselves from the refrigerator and everybody was cool with that.
Started with samosas and chicken rolls and mango lassis. Someone mentioned that the samosas were merely ok - i thought they were the best samosas I've ever had - very light and spicy and flavorful. I like my mango lassis with more mango, but they were still pretty good.
Onto the main courses - the palak paneer rocks! The green color is the most perfect green - so fresh and tasty. Chicken Tikka Masala is just tasty chicken and peppers and onions - I like the fact that you can tell exactly what has gone into your food here. They recommended Shrimp with coconut milk and it was great - rich and spicy. We also got a whole fish with masala, which was nice and light. One interesting mystery - we got 2 orders of lamb biryani - in one order the lamb was a little tough, but in the other it was nice and tender - ? I love paratha, and it did not disappoint. The roti was tender as advertised and has gotten better as leftovers from my refrigerator.
Surprise at the end: my boyfriend had called earlier in the week to make reservations and had told them that it was for a birthday and "maybe can you have a small cake?" What appeared at the end of the meal was a big 3 layer beautifully decorated chocolate cake with white and dark chocolate icing! I think they had a Bengali bakery make it - it was awesome!!!
So it was a wonderful birthday dinner. The owner asked us how we heard about Mina - he knew about the newspaper article, but he didn't know about the discussion on Chowhound. He was really happy to hear about all the people on this board who rave about his place.
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