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Posted by Desi king on 09/25/2012
I love this place, but have to start knocking some stars off. I don't know if it is complacency, or the higher number of competitiors - but they are losing their edge. The spices are no longer as well blended as before, the sharp unique taste disappearing behind a bland generic flavor. I see they have also got into the sad business of lunch buffets ... guess where that food ends up when no-one is looking in the evening for entrees. But, still my favorite for Indian in the city. Chicken Vindaloo rocks.
Posted by Renata C. on 02/17/2012
Had Valentine's dinner at Minar with my boyfriend and it was wonderful. We opted for Indian BYO and from the looks of it so did many others as the place was bustling. Food was above average and the atmosphere was very comfortable. We opted for the buffet and it was better than most buffets we have had. Everything was hot and tasted fresh. Service was exceptional and the prices were very good. We recommend this place highly if you want good food at a clean and comfortable place.
Posted by Jose S on 01/13/2012
I was there last night and the service is still poor... ok its got a little better then before, I did see some new servers. The buffet didn't look that appealing. The food seemed as its been sitting there for some time. However the bread seems like... it is actually comes from the tandoor. but the breads are cold and chewy. some of the grumpy staff is still there. the bathroom could have been a little cleaner.
Posted by Nom Nom Nom on 01/10/2012
Work has had me travel all over so I hadnt been in Philly or Minar in over a year. I decided to go for dinner with 3 of my coworkers Saturday night and boy was I surprised. First and foremost there was practically no seats available around 7:15 when we walked in the place was packed. We were greeted by a young man and told we would have to wait about 20 mins which we did. The menus were brand new and newly designed, there was a dinner buffet for 12.95 and a few new items on the menu I did not recall seeing before. We opted for the buffet and sure glad we did. Everything was delicious and well spiced. Despite being packed we received attentive service from what looks like a much younger friendlier staff. Garlic naan and the regular naan were soft and delicious no longer the store bought pita they once served. Job well done to management for making so many great changes we could see why the place was so full. We will be back for sure Minar!
Posted by M nurala on 09/09/2011
food is just ok......... service is nothing to talk about. the buffet is much better at the palace ben not far from there. food looked old like it been on for days.
Posted by Food Monster on 08/25/2011
Recently I heard there had been lots of new changes at Minar Palace. I have been here before but years ago when they first reopened and never really been back since. I must say things have changed dramatically for the good. The food at Minar was always good but it has gotten only better! I was there yesterday to check out their new Lunch Buffet and it was FANTASTIC! For $9.95 the quality was far above average. I have had buffets at other Indian restaurants but they all seem to lack quality. Minar's buffet tasted very good. Spiced to a decent level and everything from the Samosas to the new Tandoori Naan tasted great. YES I said TANDOORI NAAN! According to my server Minar just got a Tandoor and is now making Naan the authentic way. The place is spotless and the service is very attenative. Based on the table signs it looks like they are on yelp and facebook as well! Nice to see Minar has stepped it up BIG TIME! Definitey won me over and I will be back with my coworkers next week! Oh and a bonus! I live in South Philly where they do not normally deliver but apparently they are now on Diningin.com which means anyone can order Minar at home now! YAY! Love it! Hats off to Management for making all these changes!
Posted by I eat for a living on 08/22/2011
The naan wasn't naan. It was flatbread that looked like it was bought at the grocery store and then was warmed up. Basmati rice was flavorless and the chicken tikka masala lacked depth.