Mint Indian Bistro
Mixed Vegetable Pakora, Goat Curry, Chicken Vindaloo, Vegetable Fried Rice, Coconut Chutney
Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chili Chicken, Vegetable Chau Chau
Chicken Vindaloo, Aloo Gobi, Dal Tadka, Idli
Vegetable Chetinad, Mushroom Matter, Sambhar
Kheer, Gulab Jamun, Mango Chutney
With locations on East Flamingo and South Durango it is the belief of some that Mint Indian Bistro offers some of the most authentic Indian Cuisine in all of Las Vegas, and with a lunch Buffet from 11:00am until four o’clock daily it was on Friday afternoon that schedules aligned for a visit.
In general a competitive market, the East Side admittedly far moreso while Mint’s opening in Spring Valley actually filled an unlikely void in late 2016, guests entering the strip-mall location at 4246 South Durango Drive will find themselves immediately greeted at the door by one of two male servers behind the register of an elegantly designed space, “The Lassi Bar” proudly standing just ten feet away offering self-service Beer and Wine by the ounce.
Joining India Oven Masala as the only Restaurant in the Valley with a live Naan and Dosa station, the former made to order for each and every guest visiting the Buffet but Dosa only offered at Dinner, it was immediately after seating at a spacious booth that Water was poured with a full-bottle left for refills, a brief perusal of the individual warmers full of Food showing far fewer options than at many of Las Vegas’ competing Buffets with more than half of the offerings either Vegetarian or Vegan.
Describing their menu as fresh, rich and complex, an “Inferno Menu” featuring Ghost Peppers offered to those crazy enough to sign a waiver in hopes of landing a picture on Mint’s wall near the restrooms, it was by way of several trips and small portions that all but the Paneer Tikka Masala and White Rice were tasted over the course of sixty minutes, plate one showing Vegetable Pakora to be both oily and too thickly battered while the Bone-in Goat Curry was tender, lean and boldly spiced without being too “hot,” a similar statement befitting Chicken and Potatoes in a deep red Sauce bold with Garlic, Cumin and Ginger that was so good it warranted seconds.
Enjoying two types of Naan with the meal, the quartered round painted in Ghee cooked a bit more crisp than one awash with Garlic, fans of Coconut Chutney will be happy to know that Mint is one of the few places in town that puts the lightly spiced condiment on its Buffet, the more typical Mint and Tamarind also present along with housemade plain Yogurt and spicy Pickles plus thick Mango Jam that goes great with fluffy Idli Rice Cakes or even the Tandoori Chicken.
Presenting just the Goat and four Chicken preparations as part of the Buffet, the Tikka Masala expectedly popular with a mostly Caucasian crowd, those looking for a bit more heat would do well to procure a scoop of the fusion-y Chicken Chili, the addition of Soy Sauce to cubes of Breast Meat and Peppers giving the dish an extra bit of intrigue that also pairs it well to thick Noodles and mixed Vegetables found near the Tandoori oven.
A bit disappointed by the lack of Samosas or Palak Paneer, both universal staples of other Indian Buffets in town, it was with another scoop of Chicken Vindaloo that a few spoonfuls of Dal Tadka confirmed no more was necessary, the Cauliflower and Potatoes faring far better as did the thick, earthy and never-before-seen Mushroom Mutter.
Reportedly using only “natural, antibiotic free meats,” the cost of such perhaps part of the decision to limit Buffet options as they have, Desserts once again offered fewer choices than the likes of Delhi or Everest, the Kheer fairly low in sugar but nice and thick while the Gulab Jamun were piping hot, spongy and as sweet as expected.
THREE STARS: A bit more limited than other Las Vegas Indian Buffets, the website’s suggested cost of $12.99 actually $14.99 + tax and tip as charged, Mint Indian Bistro is a fine choice for those in the area who do not wish to drive far, but for those looking for more variety or a lower price there are better places to be found.
RECOMMENDED: Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Chili, Mushroom Mutter, Coconut Chutney, Mango Chutney.
AVOID: Sambhar, Vegetable Chetinad, Dal Tadka, Mixed Vegetable Pakora.
TIP: Mint also offers office catering, please call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about pricing.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.