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By Dianne R. Davis

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Mint Indian Bistro Offers Tasty Unique Food

We are continually searching for unique restaurants in Las Vegas away from the Strip.   Mint Indian Bistro, located in a strip mall at 730 E. Flamingo just west of Swensen, is just such a place.

The Mint is listed as an Indian restaurant, but much of the food served is best described as Himalayan regional food.

The décor is basic and unassuming with a few cushioned booths, some tables and chairs, and some regional decorations on the walls. Indian music plays softly in the background.

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We enjoyed a serving of the Organic Himalayan Samosas, “ground lamb keema shaped like a mighty mountain rising up in the Himalayas.”

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We followed that with the Nepalese Sampler which included seven different regional dishes for two to share or one to feast on. This reasonably priced meal includes everything from appetizers to dessert for $29.99.

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Some other items from the menu include Mighty Momo, a dumpling stuffed with ground turkey, lamb keema or vegetables, organic tomato soup, and a variety of Naan Breads.  A special Nepalese menu lists Katmandu Style Chicken Chili, Mahakali Mango Chicken, and Rebel Curry.
Meal costs per person range from $10--$20 without alcohol.

Some of the foods can be quite spicy and our waiter asked us for our level of spicy tolerance on a scale of 1 to 10.

I spoke with Kris Parikh, the owner who told us that the restaurant prides itself in the preparation and serving of simple, fresh, colorful foods that appeal to all of our senses.  His goal is to provide casual dining and good value. Ambitiously, he added that, “Indian cuisine is still not mainstream like Mexican and Chinese.  I want people to start eating Indian at least once a week.” After three years, Kris was proud to announce that, “Even in these times, we are growing.”

We asked about the ethnicity of his customers.  He estimates that at lunch 70% of the customers are non-Indian.  On week-ends, the percentages reverse.

The restaurant has a wide range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food.  In fact, they even sell a gluten free beer.  High quality healthy food is emphasized.  There are no beef or pork products on the menu.

You would normally not associate an Indian restaurant with extensive bar options, but Mint is an exception. The restaurant has one of the largest varieties of international beers in Las Vegas and indeed the largest variety for any Indian Restaurant.  The menu lists 28 different imported beers.  The wine menu features organic wines from around the world while the liquor menu contains high end brands such as The Jewel of Russia vodka and El Dorado rum.

Mint serves an extensive Indian luncheon buffet for $9.99 plus tax.  Serving times have recently been extended until 3:00 PM.  There are a large number of vegetarian options available for under $10.   Details of Mint Indian Bistro  including full menu descriptions and pricing can be found at www.mintbistro.com Check out the website; it will give a great feel for this excellent restaurant.

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