Two best friends who grew up next door to each other in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, partnered this summer to open Mint Indian Cuisine in the Mooresville Crossing (Best Buy) retail center on N.C. 150, between Williamson Road and Morrison Plantation Parkway.
Owners Savio Dsouza and Anees Shaikh offer such specialties as goat, shrimp and chicken biryani, clay-oven-sizzled tandoor, vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries, and lamb dishes including roganjosh with peppercorns, curry leaves and strong spices.
Most popular is chicken tikka masala, a chicken breast cooked in tandoor and sautéed in a tomato-based gravy, Dsouza said.
The 70-seat restaurant also offers a lunch buffet at $6.99 weekdays and $8.99 weekends; most items change daily.
The buffet has 13 hot-bar selections on weekdays and more on weekends; two soups; and a salad bar with fresh fruit, rice kheer and other selections.
All breads and meats are cooked in a traditional clay oven, Dsouza said.
Dsouza, a trained vegetarian chef, worked nine years for The Woodlands vegetarian Indian restaurant chain.
Mint: 591-N River Highway (N.C. 150); 704-660-8899; www.mintindiancuisine.com.