Mint Indian Bistro
Sev Puri – Chickpea Crackers, Potatoes, Onions, Chutney
Papadum – Black Gram Flour, Mint Chutney, Tamarind Chutney
Organic Samosa – Spiced Potatoes, Ground Lamb, Green Peas, Spiced Chickpeas, Coconut Chutney
Pani Puri – Puffed Puri, Mango Powder, Chickpeas, Chutney
Masala Dosa – Fermented Rice and Lentil Crepe, Butter, Spiced Potatoes, Onions, Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Chutney Pudi, Sambhar
Malai Tikka – Chicken Breast, Yogurt, Red Chili, Ginger, Garlic, Lemon
Lamb Korma – Lamb, Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Cumin, Coriander
Vegan Tikka Masala – Soy Protein, Yogurt, Cream, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Chili Pepper, Coconut
Vegetable Andhra Curry – Broccoli, Peas, Potatoes, Red Chili, Cashew, Poppy Seed, Curry, Garam Masala
Butter Chicken – Chicken, Butter, Yogurt, Curry, Green Chilies, Coriander
Shrimp Vindaloo – Shrimp, Onions, Potatoes, Curry Paste, Turmeric, Red Pepper, Ginger, Coriander
Cauliflower Mango Masala – Mango, Garlic, Pepper, Onion, Fennel Seed
Dal Makhani – Black Lentils, Red Kidney Beans, Butter, Cream, Yogurt
Garlic Cheese Naan
Ras Malai – Paneer, Cream, Sugar, Semolina / Gulab Jamun – Khoya, Rose-Cardamom Syrup / Churan – Rose Jelly, Fennel
Although points east of Las Vegas Boulevard lack not for Indian Restaurants, those inhabiting the West side will find their options more limited, a situation that Mint Indian Bistro attempted to rectify when it opened a second location in the plaza at 4246 South Durango Drive late 2016.
Marketed heavily early-on for its “Inferno Challenge,” a menu built on the Scoville Scale and those brave or foolish enough to sign a waiver, it is more recently that Chef Tarun Kapoor has taken over the kitchen to focus on quality, his training in-line with some of the city’s more notable names and the menu’s diversity attesting to a man with good understanding of his people’s Cuisine.
Visited once prior for the lunch buffet, a so-so experience prior to Chef Kapoor’s tenure, it was this time for dinner that the Restaurant was found sparsely populated on Wednesday night, though a projector showing cricket followed by the NBA playoffs plus music played at modest volume kept the attractively decorated space lively for those in attendance.
Deferring the order to another Indian Chef and Tarun, a focus on variety and items less commonly seen in Las Vegas the goal, it was with Mango Lassi and Water poured that Appetizers were presented, the first featuring Chickpeas in several textures from creamy to crisp followed by fresh Papadum with a subtle peppery taste even prior to dipping.
Proudly making everything on-site, even the Chutneys and blended Spices, it was next that Samosa found traditional filling upgraded by Lamb atop a bed of Chickpeas, each two-bite morsel quickly consumed to make way for the Street Food titled Pani Puri which requests diners shatter the puffed Potato shell and fill it with contrasting textures plus flavors that start brightly acidic before dissipating sweet.
Moving from Appetizers to Entrees by way of creamy cubes of Malai Tikka plus Dosa, the Masala-style but one of many mastered by Chef Kapoor and his staff, fans of the crispy Pancake will be happy to know Mint’s version arrives oversized and picture-perfect for just $9.99, the fermented edge sharply contrasting with an interior of Potatoes and Onions meant to be scooped and devoured with or without spicy Lentils or one of three Chutneys including Chutney Pudi, AKA Gunpowder.
Unable to settle on just one Curry or Stew, indecision or a desire to taste a bit of everything one of the best reasons to visit Mint’s 11:00am to 3:00pm daily Buffet, it was on request that seven different selections arrived in grand fashion, the ability to customize Proteins (or lack thereof) plus spice level yielding Butter Chicken more memorable than most thanks to residual smoke from the tandoor plus Vegan Tikka Masala indistguishable from Poultry and soul-warming Lamb Korma.
Less sold on Dal Makhani, the Lentils seemingly overcooked and flavors flatter than the alternatives, it was focusing instead on the complexities of Andhra Curry that mouthfuls were scooped with warm Naan while Shrimp Vindaloo bright with Turmeric took a backseat to Mint’s signature Mango Masala that walks a fine line between sweet and savory with pronounced creaminess occasionally punctuated by the unmistakable taste of Fennel Seed.
At this point packing up at least another meal’s worth of leftovers, Mint’s value for the dollar unquestionable whether at Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, it was fortunate that Dessert consisted of just three small items, freshly made Gulab Jamun expectedly better than those found on Buffets across town while labor-intensive Ras Malai that eats somewhere between Cheesecake and Semifreddo and a digestive called Churan were also enjoyable.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: A little underwhelmed by Lunch in early 2018, both variety and execution falling short of other local Indian Buffets, Dinner from the kitchen of Chef Tarun Kapoor bested expectations tremendously, both the diversity of flavors and high degree of customization making Mint Indian Bistro a great choice for American-born novices as well as immigrants searching for a taste of home.
RECOMMENDED: Organic Samosa, Pani Puri, Masala Dosa, Malai Tikka, Lamb Korma, Butter Chicken, Mango Masala, Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai.
AVOID: Cheese Naan tasted a bit too much like Garlic Bread and Dal Makhani seemed dull in comparison to the rest.
TIP: Mint also offers office catering, banquet space and meal prep services. Look online, call 702-247-4610 or e-mail email@example.com to inquire.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.