Yes, it’s time to talk about your next date...
Specifically, it’s time to talk about Mint Leaf Brickell, which is finally—finally—slated to open this Monday, adding some much-needed chana masala, Indian beer and Bollywood soundtracks to downtown.
Imagine the Gables location. And now imagine... actually, keep imagining it—they’re pretty similar. There’s an oversized-yet-classy Ganesh statue at the door, a sleek bar flanked by a wine tower and a soothing waterfall wall—all a fitting backdrop to some top-notch North Indian food. Only now you won’t have to venture too far from the office to hold a mid-day meeting over a Prawn Lunch Thali—a heaping platter of rice, chutneys, lentil stew, flatbreads and sides.
At night you’ll bring a naan-loving date here and settle into one of the black leather booths in the front. Order a crisp white from the glass-enclosed wine tower (gewürztraminers and rieslings work best here). Then lose yourself in a parade of Punjabi favorites—Murg Makahani (butter chicken) and Tandoori Lamb Chops before embarking on a freewheeling evening of masala, dosa and fiery vindaloo.
It’s the only respectable kind of vindaloo.