i made my first trip to mina in over a month early tonight. i was a little hesitant after hearing some reports of slippage, and because my last meal there was not the as good as some of my earlier experiences.
my overall impression was that yes it has slipped a little bit, but it is still terrific.
we had the samosa chat which continues to be, in my opinion, the most consistent dish, both in terms of excellence and style of preparation.
the alu gobi was just okay. it was spicy and well cooked, but not particulary interesting.
the tandori mixed grill was very good, with a broad range of flavors and spices. the beef, chicken and lamb all seemed to have been prepared in totally different styles, yet they worked well together.
the lamb biranyi was the biggest disappointment. i had enjoyed this dish before, but this time it was bland, oily and the lamb was tough.
however, the chicken saag was outstanding. it was the best version of this dish i have ever had anywhere, and its one of my favorites. this reminded me of the first few times i came to mina.
the service was friendly with no serious problems. the pacing was scattered (roti came near the end of the meal as usual), but thankfully there was no spraying of tables during our meal.
there was only on other couple that was seated while we were there, though we did arrive early (before 6:00).
all in all i will continue to go back to mina. for me it still remains the best value in indian food in the city. though i suspect i will only get glimpses of what it once was.