The aroma of mint never fails to take Navjot Arora back to his childhood in Jalandhar, Punjab, when he'd spend mornings scouring his family garden for fresh mint leaves. Navjot would triumphantly bring his findings back to the kitchen, where he was allowed to grind the leaves with a pestle for the mint chutney—the most important condiment. He worked alongside his parents, marveling as they nimbly sliced tender goat meat, throwing it against the wall to test for doneness, and thoughtfully tasted spoonfuls of creamy curry from simmering pots.
Though Navjot would go on to study under master Indian chefs at the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels and work for top restaurants in New York, he never forgot the culinary lessons he learned in his family's kitchen. At Chutney Masala, he still hand grinds fresh herbs and spices to bring out their intricate flavors, adding them to sauces lauded by reporters from the New York Times as "superbly complex." The expert chef then folds free-range meat, wild seafood, and local produce into a variety of contemporary and traditional Indian dishes, from spicy lamb curries to fragrant biryani rice.
Navjot's dining room is nearly as intriguing as the flavors in his dishes, with brick walls speckled with photographs from India's mid-19th century Raj era and rustic antique accents. A mounted deer head overlooks the rows of wooden tabletops and cushy green booths, sometimes sneezing when a waft of cumin floats to his nostrils.
Cuisine Type: Italian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Pizza
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Mima Vinoteca, winner of Best of Westchester awards for three consecutive years, presents northern Italian comfort cuisine that harkens back to the classic dishes prepared by their grandmothers, or mimas.. At the marble wine bar carved by Michaelangelo in his Utilitarist period, guests swirl and swish wine from a sommelier-curated collection that represents each region of Italy. These wines complement vino-friendly dishes such as cured meats, mussels, risotto, and hand-made pasta served in a dining room lined with rustic brick and wine bottles and outfitted with tables of Tuscan wood. Full meals include selections such as wild mushroom polenta laced with white truffle essence and gouda , and a plate of braised short rib with pears poached in red wine and mashed sweet potatoes.