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Spicy Mina in April

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Spicy Mina in April

Gnosh | Apr 30, 2006 10:01 AM

Went for dinner last night (after wondering if the dearth of recent posts about it meant the place had shut down or gone horribly downhill). It was quite delicious and almost crowded by the time we left around 8:30.

The hit for us was the chicken korma, incredible, subtly spiced, yum. Paokras, which someone had raved about onthis board, were really good light, and freshly prepared, but were basically fried matter: not terribly special. (I may have felt that way because of the sauces; they put that trio of mediocre sauces on the table that you get at every indian restaurant: sweet and reddish, spicy and green, orange onions. They are clearly out of a the same jar that every other place uses. You'd like to imagine that a place like Spicy Mina would do something more...) Samosa chat was v. good, but less sweet and more vinagery or somehow tart than I'd had in the past. Saag paneer was heavenly.

It did take forever to get our food, I think because they were in the middle of putting together a huge takeout order (gigantic aluminum trays of deliciousness that made us drool while we hungrily munched on our papadums). The people who came in after us got food much faster.

Odd note: It was FREEZING in there, everybody was wearing their coats, and finally someone asked the tragic-looking man who works there (Mina's son?) to close the door (two were open), so they closed ONE of the doors. DIdn't help much!

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