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The history of Indian food tells us that during the reign of the British Empire in India (the British Raj), the local cuisine was considered by the Europeans closely to what Gods taught of ambrosia: a delightful, heavenly and delicate dish. Indian dishes can easily be considered some of the world’s most flavorful. The large variety of appetizers, snacks, side dishes and desserts have found numerous fans on an international scale. Combining all tastes possible, the Indian cuisine is bound to satisfy spice-lovers, “salty” people and persons with a sweet tooth alike. At Mint we acknowledge our wonderful history and constantly strive to push the boundaries to modernize traditional authentic tastes and elevate them to new, interesting and fascinating delights. Join us at Mint Indian Cuisine while we explore the limits and discover new taste sensations and establish new “traditions” from a firm foundation.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
There is ample street parking near Mint.
Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Mint Ratings and Reviews
We usually love this place for great Indian food. It was graduation weekend so super busy with large groups. That is likely why service was poor and one of our shrimp dishes came out so salty it was inedible. We'll be back, but maybe think twice on a busy night!
Great food and nice quiet ambiance. A little too expensive to come back often.
Also just FYI (neither good nor bad) - in my opinion the food is geared toward a Southern palette- they err toward the underspiced end of the spectrum, and their saag tasted more like creamed spinach than I am used to.
Great flavor though and definitely satisfied. The tamarind and mint chutney were both spot on.
We took some out-of-town guests to this restaurant, who both love Indian food, but whose spouses don't care for it. Neither had eaten any Indian food for a few years. They had lived in India for a year, and raved about the food at this restaurant! The wait-staff was friendly - although their English fluency could be improved (means it's authentic). One of our guests knew Punjabi and delighted the waitress by being able to speak with her in her native tongue. Highly recommend the Palak Paneer. I ordered a 7 for spicy-ness, and it was almost too hot (but so very good!) Prices a bit high, but well worth it. Parking a bit difficult, so you may want to go on "off hours".
The waiter needs to be trained. We wee eating our appertizer.. and he brought the main course and I had to ask him to please wait.
There was no rush.. there was only one onther table occupied.. so why rush us?
Lunch food is better. Dinner food was not good.
I've tried many restaurants in the triangle area and although I don't think mint has the best food in the triangle, I believe it has the best food for the value. This is especially true if you go there for their Sunday brunch! For $14 you get unlimited Indian food and mimosas. This past time I really appreciated having garlic naan as an option on the buffet menu, something you don't see often at Indian buffets, but I will say I'm disappointed they had tofu mahkini instead of making it more traditionally (and better tasting!) with paneer. Only one fault against mint, is that every time I go there I feel that the service could be better.
We had read a couple if negative reviews of this restaurant regarding slow service. So when we, as a family of 5, dined we were prepared for this. However, I will tell you that the service was fine, they were very courteous and accomodating. But best of all...the food was fabulous!!!
Food was delicious, but service is slow. We sat at the restaurant (we were a larger party) for 20 mins before anyone came to take our drink order. We arrived at 7:20 and didn't get our entrees until over an hour later. The appetizers came quickly. We were a larger party- 8 adults, 3 kids.
I would recommend the restaurant but just allot enough time.
Overall poor, inattentive service - servers rarely stopped by to check on our party and drinks were often empty; restaurant staff did not look at reservation notes in regard to seating requests; tandoori meat was very dry and over-cooked. Naan was the only redeeming part of the experience.
The standard and quality of service at Mint has steadily declined. The food is still good. The ambience is confusing and too busy. Layout of tables could use a change. The staff is friendly but inattentive sometimes. I took my wife for dinner there recently. The food was still very good but the service wasn't up to par. The staff doesn't interact much with the guests. They charge for every single thing. Even papad and chutney which by Indian tradition should really be complimentary. Much like chips + salsa at any Mexican restaurant. If we're in the area again, and there are no other options we'll try Mint again but this is certainly no longer our first choice Indian place in Chapel Hill
The food was absolutely delicious and the portions quite generous. Pricing was very reasonable. I believe a little more help with getting descriptions for the menu items would be a big plus however, we certainly managed and were very pleased with everything we had which included appetizer and main course.
My wife and I decided to try a new restaurant on Valentine's Day and weren't disappointed. The service was good. The food was very good, although we are not Indian food connoisseurs, but we really liked the ability to request the heat level in each of our dishes. I had the mixed meat plate which had lamb, chicken and pork in various sauces. It was a great way to taste the various dishes they offer as single plates. I had mine hot (American hot, not Indian hot) and my wife had the mild chicken tikka masala. She really enjoyed her meal as well. For dessert we had the gulab jamun which we have come to enjoy when we do dine Indian. Theirs was good but not the best I've had, however, there was no complaining and nothing left to take home!
I would recommend Mint for a good Indian meal and would go back again.
Valentine's Day Eve (Sat nite) had a reservation at 6:45 got there about 10m late and waited at the bar for a table. After 20m at bar had to ask manager if we could order drinks and he actually made them. Drinks were fine and yes it was busy but frustrated that we had to ask the manager for getting orders at the bar.
Another 15m (with drinks) at bar and our table was ready. To our surprise, the manager served us. Food and appetizer took a while but again we have no issue as the restaurant was clearly very busy. Food was excellent which made up for most of the untended wait at the bar. We want to go back on a more typical Sat nite and hopefully the service level will match the quality of the food.
Overall I would recommend Mint. My wife and I have both been servers and bartenders and are very patient when a restaurant is slammed. But 20m without any kind of greeting, etc. was frustrating. Outside of that the food was excellent. We look forward to going back.
Went here on Valentine's Day with my wife. I will have to say that I am not a huge Indian food fan, although I've spent a good amount of time in India and a decent amount of meals in typical Indian buffets. We ordered the 2 person set meal for $45. Came with a appetizer that had a samosa and some deep fried veggies that was ok nothing special and not anything better than you would get at a typical lunch buffet. Then two curries-- a lamb masala and a veggie korma. These were excellent and a cut above Indian buffet quality. Then we had tandoori chicken and shrimp-- tasty but not much better than buffet. Finally desert which they didn't bring out until I asked for it, and was just two of those sweet fried dough balls in syrup (I forget what hey are called.) again typical buffet fare. So in all, apart from the curries which were quite good, there was nothing really special about the meal compared to a $10 Indian buffet, at more than twice the price ($22.50 per person). They were busy so service was not very attentive.
In all satisfied with the food but not a great value.
Loved everything except having to pay for mimosas I didn't want. Food was tasty; energy in the spot was upbeat; wide range of folks from singles, to pairs, to groups including families. Servers were good but a little scarce and took a long time to get a hot tea at the end of the meal. When we were ready to leave, it arrived. I would definitely go again and if I lived in CH, I would go often.
The brunch is buffet style and although a small selection the dishes were found to be quite tasty. We were with a party of eight which they had absolutely no problem seating us and everyone in our party especially the vegetarians enjoyed the fair. You couldn't beat the price for 8 of us $111. The mimosas and Lassie flowed endlessly.
Mint does not lack for competition for northern Indian restaurants in Chapel Hill/Durham, including two others on the same street within a half-mile, but it is the best by a full mile. Dinner entrees are properly spiced, and the vegetables are not overcooked (thank you!). Regrettably, Mint (as so many others) seems to confuse pepper with spice; we could go for less of the former and more of the latter, but this is a standard failing of most mid-range Indian restaurants. As this is Chapel Hill, not NY or DC, Mint remains the place to go.
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