Never having made it out to Mina, I was delighted to hear the much lauded chef had moved to my neck of the woods. The restaurant is a pleasant space and the service was sweet, if not terribly efficient--our apps took quite some time arriving, the beer was rather warm (which, frankly, a waiter/waitress should warn you about before opening), and our waitress took about 15 minutes to deliver my 2nd glass of wine, which arrived after we were finished eating. There were 3 or 4 other tables of diners while we were there.
We ordered our food spicy. The samosa chat was good, but not great--there's much better chat to be had in other Indian restaurants, such as Dimple. The pani puri were interesting, but not prepared the way the dish should be--the water was far too sweet, and the pooris were so stuffed that it was hard to pour much water into them. Overall the apps were pretty mediocre.
We ordered Kashmiri Chicken, which was a big mistake. I should have taken the 'sweet and sour' in the description more literally--it reminded me of fast food Chinese sweet & sour. The chana masala were very weak--this is a favorite dish of mine, and I'd just had chana batura at Pongal two weeks earlier--far better.
Overall, a real disappointment. From now on I'll stick to Banjara when I want Indian in the E Village.
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