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mrb | Feb 26, 2006 07:58 AM

FINALLY got out to Spicy Mina's after tons of recommendations and drooling while reading Chowhound posts.

My wife and I and another couple, who have a weekly dinner date and like to try all different kinds of places went -- we knew they were adventerous and could handle disappointment -- but, guess what -- THERE WAS NONE!

We started out with the Samosa Chat which was spicy, sweet, crunchy, creamy, and overall very delicious. We devoured it in about 2 minutes and considered ordering another. Good thing we didn't. This was followed the by the Lamb and Lentil appetizer (can't remember the REAL name), which was small, but extremely tasty and surprising with its hints of fresh ginger and abundant other spices. Small, tender pieces of lamb floating in a fresh sea of dal -- beautiful!

TOTALLY impressed by the appetizers, and the chutnies and crispy breads we were given to start, we also started anticipating the main courses, and drinking our cheap beers that we brought with us. The restaurant was pretty full at this point, which was nice -- any chowhounders there?

The main courses came out as they were ready, seemingly, and on the recommendation of the waiter, we got the Mixed Tandoori grill -- we also went for The Mustard Fish, Chicken Vindaloo, and another lentil dish with Fresh Mango.

The Mixed Tandoori grill was beautiful! Pieces of chicken, salmon, sausage, lamb, etc. very nicely flavored with lemon and not too dry, for the most part. Most of the lamb got left on the plate as it was simply too dry, but the shrimp, chicken, salmon, and everything else was fantastic! Crunchy on the outside, spicy, and perfectly flavored.

The Chicken Vindaloo was my personal favorite! Spicy as hell, which I love, and with nice quality pieces of chicken which were tender and very flavorful -- very present hints of spices and herbs came through, and the firey red sauce was too much to resist dipping our regular and garlic nan in!

The Mustard fish was very interesting, but was probably the only dish I wouldn't order again right away -- the sauce was very tasty but a bit overwhelming. No fishy smell or taste or quality or freshness issues at all, though. This was a nice fish with a beautiful sauce and nice touches like fresh cucumbers and tomato for garnish.

Lentils and Mango were next, and although I didn't much get the "mango," the dish was amazing! Wow! My wife who is a lentil freak couldn't beleive it! Along with the fragrant huge dish of rice, we couldn't get enough.

We finished it off with AMAZING mango lassi and rolled out of there!

Great service, easy to get to by car with ample parking, reasonably priced (around 25/person for just about all you can eat), fantastic food. Spicy Mina's: highest recommendation.

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