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Chowhounds at Mina's

Suzanne | Feb 14, 2004 01:42 PM

For all of you who've been following Jim's raves, and some naysayers posts about Mina's, the Chowhound dinner there went great last night. First of all, the food didn't take inordinately long to arrive, and we weren't cold (at least I wasn't). Mina set up a long table for the 22 of us, and made it look festive with flowers and tablecloths. We followed Jim's advice, and ordered momos and haleem in advance. They were both terrific. The sauce for the momos is awesome. She also served some kind of things that resembled fried mini shimp wontons that if I heard correctly were called ontons that weren't on the menu. She also threw in a fish dish (I think she said it was Nepalese) called Hilsha Bactesha. I didn't think it was great, but it was interesting. It was like a big fishcake molded by hand to resemble a large fish. Mina described it as "a fish, no bones." Okaaay. I tried to look it up on the internet, and found out that Hilsha is a kind of fish popular with Bangalis, but I made no headway with the bactesha part. We also ordered a bunch of other stuff, and I think we all left happy. My only quibble is that it took a really long time for the roti to arrive, and there wasn't that much of it. It really should have come with the haleem which came early on because it was pre-ordered. All in all, when the Hounds get together, its always fun.

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