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Mint Indian Bistro - E. Flamingo and Swenson

janetofreno | Jan 6, 201202:13 PM

I'm helping out one day a week at our office near Boulevard Mall, so I've decided to use it as an excuse to check out lunch fare in that neighborhood, as it is far from my usual haunts. A coworker had tipped me off to Mint, on Flamingo just across from the Atomic Energy Museum (about a mile east of the strip). I have only found brief mentions of it here on Chowhound, but I have to say I think it was an excellent choice.

The restaurant is small but cozy (mostly booths), and it was busy when I stopped in for lunch today, always a good sign. A waiter immediately came with a carafe of water and a glass, and a drink menu. I sort of wish he hadn't tempted me with the drink menu....I can't drink when working, but there were some very interesting choices including organic beers and wine, some rare stouts, and even gluten-free(!) beer! I will definitely head back someday at dinner time to check out those stouts....Also an excellent Lassi selection, and some interesting-sounding cocktails.

The buffet is the thing at lunch. 10.99, a little pricier than some, but with an excellent and fresh selection. It includes a few unusual offerings such as a make-your-own bhel puri (yum; I could have filled up just on that...), idli sambar, a desi-chinese chow mein, etc. There are at least four or five of both vegetarian and meat dishes. They bring a generous basket of fresh-made nan (your choice of plain, butter, or garlic) to the table. One thing that I really like is that all the buffet offerings are clearly marked as to whether they are vegan and/or vegetarian amd/or gluten-free, and the meats are so marked if they are halal (most are). Mint really seems to cater to those who may have special dietary needs; a nice touch.

All the food was tasty, well-spiced (ie not too bland), and fresh-tasting. I will be back; this could become a regular Friday habit. They also advertise dhosas on their regular menu; DH will no doubt be joining me to check that option out soon; we will report back....A good dhosa in Vegas would be a very good thing; I'll try not to get my hopes up too much :-)

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