me, my girl, and two close friends went to Mina tonight for the first time. in the simplest, and nicest of ways - if you like amazing food, do not let anything stop you from coming here.
first, the time issue that some people have had. we showed up at a little past 5 on Sunday - when we got there, there was one other group of people. by the time we left, less than 2 hours later, there were several tables filled, plus a fairly steady stream of people seemed to enter, head downstairs, and not emerge.
i think the folks that run the place have been made aware of some of the time issues. after we ordered, we were brought some sort of appetizer - it was fried, tasty, but not exactly hot. i wasn't sure what it was, and i'll totally admit i was worried that they'd decided to start making certain things ahead of time because of the time problems.
fortunately, i was wrong. whatever they brought it, out was basically a precursor - to tide us over i suppose - until our ordered appetizers arrived.
we ordered Alu Tikki and Samosa Chat - the Alu Tikki was delightful - soft and flavorful on the outside, just crispy and definitely had a completely homemade taste to every bite - including the fried outside.
the Samosa Chat was spicier than expected, but absolutely delicious. it is not an exaggeration to say that you could taste every single spice and flavor that went into it.
i also ordered a Rose Lassi - it was good, creamy, and even the yogurt tasted homemade. unfortunately, the flavor of rose wasn't as strong as i'd hoped, but it was so delish...
our main courses were the Chicken Curry, the Chicken Korma, the Alu Gobi, and the Palak Paneer (as well as mutter rice). Every single dish was mind-boggling good and just can't really be described in words alone. it has to be tasted to be believed.
my girlfriend said that both the Palak Paneer and Chicken Korma - her two favorite indian dishes - were far and away the best she'd ever tasted.
all of us agreed - we walked out of there completely stuffed and satisfied after having eaten one of the best restaurant meals any of us had ever had and were just simply overjoyed that this is in our neighborhood.
additionally, our wallets weren't lightened much at all - including a nice tip - less than 50 bucks for all four of us.
run, don't walk to Mina.