Loved it !!!!!!!!Food was amazing...Mr. Sood made it so easy by serving up all of his speciality dishes. We had no idea what we were in for but...the flavors, spices and taste were out of this world. Will definitly go back. Worth the drive.
Best Indian Restaurant - 2008
So Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Shilpa Shetty, and Ravi Shankar Jr. are marooned on a desert island. No wait, sorry — they are in Coral Gables, and the three of them walk into the new Mint Leaf restaurant. After being seated and starting off with freshly squeezed fruit juices and a basket of traditional tandoor-baked breads, the prime minister taps Shilpa on the shoulder and asks whether she agrees that Mint Leaf's gosht biryani tastes just like it does back home. "Don't touch me," she replies, before adding that although she liked the gosht, her preference was for the South Indian specialty of dosa, a crêpe made from lentils and fermented rice that gets wrapped around various savory fillings. Shankar offers that the original London Mint Leaf has been known for its dosas since opening in 1938. "Besides, who else around here makes shrikand?" he adds, this being a thick yogurt cheese infused with saffron and topped with fruit and chopped nuts. "And where else can you get main courses this good, with so many vegetarian choices, for under $20?" Shilpa and Shetty laugh, finding the notion of monetary concerns rather funny. Shankar wonders how he got roped into dinner with these two, and decides to return to Mint Leaf for lunch the next day without them.
I made reservations at Mint Leaf with high hopes after reading the New Times Review. The food was good not great. I think the Indian place in the Grove is much better. The worst part about the whole think was the service. After dining for about 35 minutes, the owner and manager asked that we "Hurry Up" -- i was shocked. And they were several empty tables around me at the time.
It was hard enough getting the reservation I accepted that we could have the table for longer than 35 min. After the "new buzz" wears off this place is going to have a hard time keeping up with Pascals and other service champs in the Gables.