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Fancy Indian at Mint Leaf

Indian fried chicken!
Indian fried chicken!

Generally Indian restaurants have Indian-sounding names. They might be named after a place, a name or a phrase, but Mint Leaf is not one of these. It’s Indian, but a step up in fanciness. In my experience, fancy Indian food is unnecessary because it tastes just as good as more cost-effective Indian, but I figured it was worth the try.

We began with Chicken Pakoras, which is basically Indian fried chicken. Instead of being dipped in a normal flour batter, it’s dipped into a chickpea batter and tastes light and fluffy. It also had a great hit of garlic and ginger flavor to it.

Instant Korma!

Then we moved on to the main courses. Unwilling to settle for just one meat, we got ourselves two. First up was the Chicken Korma, which is pretty much my favorite curry type. I ordered it at a medium spice level to play it safe and¬†immediately wished I had gotten it spicier. The meat came in big chunks and was nice and tender, although I wouldn’t have minded more chicken.

One of these things is not like the other.
One of these things is not like the other.

The other main course we had was the Lamb Tikka Masala. Since my wife isn’t a spicy person (and I mean that in every way), she ordered it with no heat at all. In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t like sharing with her. Nonetheless, the dish was pretty good, with similarly-sized chunks of meat and tenderness to boot.

I should also add that we ordered some Basil and Mozzarella Cheese Naan. It was really awesome, despite feeling like I was eating some sort of strange Italian-Indian fusion.

Overall, Mint Leaf delivered on some tasty and high quality Indian food. The only downside was that I left feeling like I could get similarly good food at a lower price. I’d definitely go back, but it’s more like special occasion food than your everyday spot.