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Meltdown at Mina

Cara | Apr 11, 2004 11:26 PM

Interesting to see that rave review for yesterday afternoon at Mina. I'm writing to report that our worst fears are being realized: the place is getting popular, and as of today, Mina can't handle it. Last night at 7:30 I placed an order by phone and said I'd pick it up. They told me 20 minutes. I gave them 25, and when I arrived, the place was mobbed. If memory serves me, nobody, or at least almost nobody, was eating. Several tables had 4 people waiting. My food wasn't ready; the waiter said to come back in 10 minutes. I came back in 25, it wasn't ready, and the same folks were still not eating. The waiter wanted my address so he could deliver the food. Figuring that would push my order back another half hour, I said I'd wait. He finally said it was coming right out. But then he brought out a bunch of dishes and put them into bags for one of the group of 4. The poor waiter was terribly stressed out. He kept saying, "oh my god, oh my god," as he ran in and out of the kitchen. I asked the group of 4 how long they had to wait, and one of them replied, "don't ask." Finally I got my food, an hour after I placed my order for pakoras, palak paneer and chicken makhani. Nobody was eating yet, and another couple or two had come in. I think every table was filled. I peeked into the kitchen and it looked like there were two ladies in there (don't know if Mina was there) plus a guy washing dishes. Preparing dozens of dishes one at a time?

Regarding the quality of our food, the pakora were cold but tasty. The palak paneer was bland and a little dried out. And the chicken makhani had several mouthfuls that tasted distinctly like dish soap.

Let's pray that the Help Wanted sign in the window brings some needed assistance to Mina soon.

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