It’s been nearly three months of Frank Sinatra-loving red sauce Italian food in the Mina Test Kitchen space, but as pop-ups do, it’s time for that concept to come to an end. Taking its place on Tuesday, March 1 will be The Company, an Indian-focused menu from chef Vikrant Bhasin, who is returning to the Mina fam (he worked at Michael Mina in 2008) from Honolulu just for this. Adam Sobel will continue to oversee daily kitchen operations in the space. Bhasin, who is Indian himself, plans to make dishes like pakora chaat, lamb yogurt stew, mango saffron kulfi and more. The food is focusing mostly on Northern India, but with influences from throughout the country. Unlike past pop-ups, there are three menus to choose from, one for seven courses ($49), nine courses ($59) and 11 courses ($69).
Bhasin is teaming up with Mina’s wine director Raj Parr, who actually came up with this concept with Michael Mina back in 2012 and tried unsuccessfully to get it off the ground. Parr is finally making a go of it now, though, and will be heading up the wine pairings, focusing on syrahs and rieslings.
As for Little Italy, its final night is Sunday, February 14, and there will be a special Valentine’s Day menu of dishes like spaghetti alla chitarra with meatballs, bistecca alla Diane and more. And for the extra-romantic lovebirds out there, there will be a real, live poet on site to write impromptu poetry for guests. You can get your tickets here for that specialness.