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Disappointed at Spicy Mina

Justyne | Nov 30, 2005 01:13 AM

Let me preface this this by saying that I, unfortunately, have never eaten at the Sunnyside Mina, or at Angon. Nevertheless, I had HUGE expectations for the food at Spicy Mina.

My boyfriend and I decided to finally try Mina's food tonight (Tuesday at about 7 pm.) We were the only diners there, the entire time. After we were greeted by a kindly middle aged man, the first thing I did was to ask to meet Mina herself. She came out a few minutes later and was as sweet as can be.

Going by what I've read head here, I ordered the samosa chaat and the chicken lollypops as appetizers. (I should metion, at this point, that all food came out rather quickly, and we ordered "spicy") The samosa chaat was not to our liking. Perhaps this is because we've never had this particular dish before, but we both thought it was stangely tangy and had an odd texture. If I may ask, what do you guys love about this dish so much?

The chicken lollypops were pretty good. Simply, spicy, batterred mini chicken legs served with a russian~like dressing. I have to say, pretty good, not mind~blowing. What is the big deal about these?

For entrees, we ordered the much~touted chicken chicken jhal fry, the Mina special jhal fry, and the bf ordered the chicken makhni. We also got an order of naan. I wasn't crazy about the chicken jhal fry, it reminded me of general tso's chicken. The Mina special jhal fry was the biggest dsappointment. It was dry and bland, even after I poured the (i believe it is tamarind) little container of sauce over it. The chicken makhni was fantastic, as was the basmati rice (the caramalized onions on top were a lovely touch.) The naan was dry.

As per Chowhound recommendetian, we got an order of rice pudding to go, which was fantastic. Thanks guys. :)

OK, I need to ask, what is so great about this place? Were the Sunnyside location and Angon truly rave~worthy? Or am I just cullinary challenenged? Honestly, I expected greatness, and mostly got mediocrity. Was it an off night? Were my expectations too high? Opinionions, anyone?

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