Was at Minar for dinner few weeks back with family. I'd heard a lot abt the place being the best mughlai resturant in chennai..blah blahh...
The ambience was very pleasant. There was ghazal music in the background but everyone was more interested in the cricket match on TV :P I liked the lighting & seating, very comfortable & chic. We chose to sit indoors but I'm sure dining outdoors would be a better thing to do. U get a bird's eye view of the city from there & it looks absolutely stunning.
Vegetable Nawabi biriyani
Vanilla ice cream
The mutton soup was good, it was spicy & full of flavour- very tasty. Gobi 65 was highly disappointing. I mean, thats a dish u possibly can't screw up..but the gobi 65 lacked flavour, was bland & really ruined my mood. My college mess serves better gobi 65 & no, I'm not kidding!
As for the main course, the kheema biriyani was absolutely delicious..I liked it a lot. The veg nawabi biriyani was just the usual vegetable biriyani. It was mildly spiced & I liked it but it was nothing special. I was expecting something royal..something actually 'nawabi'. The butter chicken was good but I expect food that blows me away when I'm paying around 300-350 bucks per dish. Isn't that fair enough?
The vanilla ice cream was really really good. No complains at all. Vanilla ice cream probably tastes the same everywhere but at Minar, it was absolutely amazing.
So yeah, this is an expensive place...will easily cost u around 600-700 bucks per person (without drinks). Food is good but I expect much much more from a place like Minar. I'm no Anthony Bourdain or even a Tarla Dalal but I know what amazing mughlai food tastes like & though Minar tries really hard to make its' food taste 'amazing', it just about manages to cook decent mughlai food.