If you haven’t caught on by now, I love Indian food. I frequent the local Indian restaurant by Lehigh more often than I should. I’ve had a hard time finding good Indian cuisine at home in Florida, until I recently stumbled upon Mynt. They’re located in a popular area of Winter Park, Florida, where it’s hard to find a bad restaurant. My mom and I – both deprived of naan, curry and the other flavors of Indian cuisine – went there for dinner one night to check it out.
When we first walked in, we noticed it was particularly small. It wasn’t until they offered us a seat upstairs that we realized there was more to the restaurant. The upstairs dinning room was much more intimate and sophisticated than the downstairs, although both are still nice. My mom and I were seated at a small table toward the back, and we began to ponder over what we wanted.
Our waiter brought out papadums with sauces to start. Papadums are a thin, crisp and chip-like food served at most Indian restaurants. They were brought out with two sauces – the green one was a mint chutney and the brown/purple sauce was a sweet tamarind sauce.
The mint chutney had an herby flavor to it, and the sweet tamarind sauce was sweet and fruity. While enjoying our complimentary starter, we asked our waiter what he would recommend. He said the old Delhi butter chicken is his favorite, and he recommended the chicken xacutti for me because I said I wanted something spicy. My mom and I decided to order those, respectively, with some garlic naan to share.
My chicken xacutti was described as chicken cubes, dry coconut, south Indian spices and coconut milk. I ordered it spicy, per usual, and complimentary rice came with both of our dishes. My dish was very sauce based, so I scooped lots of rice with it to help soak it up. My chicken xacutti was perfectly spiced, but still maintained a rich and creamy flavor from the coconut milk. However, the sauce had more over an herb flavor to it than a rich flavor. The chicken wasn’t as good as I’ve had at other Indian restaurants, though. At other restaurants, I’ve been able to cut through the chicken with my fork. Here at Mynt, it was a bit tougher, although not so overdone that it needed to be complained about to the waiter.
My mom’s old Delhi butter chicken was Julienne chicken, and a creamy sauce with tomato and butter. I took a sample of her meal and it was delicious. I enjoyed her meal more than mine, although they were both different in flavors. Because of the butter, her dish was very rich tasting and was scrumptious. Her chicken was similar in toughness to mine, but we still enjoyed our meals regardless.
Despite how tasty our dishes were, the real star of the meal was the garlic naan that we ordered. I love naan with my meal, and I recommend ordering garlic naan over other naans because the garlic in it will most likely compliment your main dish. This garlic naan, however, was the best one I’ve ever had. I typically scoop my meal onto my naan, but this naan was so good that I wanted to eat it by itself. If you decide to dine at Mynt, you’re doing it wrong if you don’t order this naan on the side.
My mom and I enjoyed our meals at Mynt, and we were even more pleased to find a good Indian restaurant near us. The cuisine cured the hankering I’ve had for Indian food, and I would recommend it to everyone. The food is a little pricey, but that’s common for the area that the restaurant is located in. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, as well. The restaurant was a bit cramped in space, but the decor was nice at least. Although there are some things I would change, my overall dinning experience was good and I will happily go back.
535 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Lunch Mon-Sun 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner Sun–Thur 5:00pm – 10:00pm; Fri-Sat 5:00pm – 10:30pm