Mint Indian Bistro is back with its Inferno Curry Challenge
The annual Inferno Curry Challenge will run daily during the month of October from 4 PM to 11:30 PM. For this year challenge Mint has raised the heat up by 1 Million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).
Mint Indian Bistro, a full-service Indian restaurant with a unique approach, is hosting its Third Annual Inferno Curry Challenge Month in October. This year the chef will use two additional extreme peppers: the Carolina Reaper, which with its origins in South Carolina, has earned the status of the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records, as well as the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili, a close second in the heat index.
When first introduced in 2014, the Inferno Curry Challenge was named the hottest food challenge in Las Vegas by John Curtas of Eating Las Vegas. Well, it’s now up 1M SHUs, with the addition of the Carolina Reaper (named the hottest chili in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records), and the Trinidad Moruga, a close second.
Each year, from October 1-31, anyone who dares to attempt and finish Mint Indian Bistro’s signature Inferno Curry receives the most coveted spot on Mint Indian Bistro’s Wall of Flame. In addition, they also receive a $50 Mint Indian Bistro gift card as well as an entry into a drawing for complimentary dinner entrées for a year (one per month, 12 entrées total).
This year will be no different, except the heat has gone up by 1 million SHU units, with the hottest pepper at a scorching 2.2 million SHU. At 1,041,427 SHU, the Ghost Pepper was the hottest pepper in the challenge up until last year.
“The Ghost pepper is so hot, our chefs wear a mask when they cook it,” owner of Mint Indian Bistro, Kris Parikh said. “With the Carolina Reaper and the Trinidad Moruga, the challenge has gone to a totally different level.”
Since the opening of Mint Indian Bistro in 2008, more than 2,000 guests have attempted finishing the Inferno Curry, yet only 32 guests have successfully done it.
“2016 is a very special year for us as we open our newest location in the southwest of Las Vegas. We’re working on providing diners with an experience never before seen or heard in an Indian restaurant. We are taking customer experience to the next level and decided to do the same with our food challenge. So we introduced two more peppers that have an SHU higher than even the Ghost Pepper,” Kris said.
“Our Inferno Curry is not for the faint at heart. It is marinated with the hottest chilies in the world, and this year the heat is up substantially. If you have ever taken on our challenge in the past, you know it is insanely hot,” Kris said. “This year, with the addition of two of the hottest peppers in the world, the challenge is really going to test your spice tolerance at the next level.”
“We use natural chilies, not extracts, so I always warn my guests to try it at their own risk,” he added.
To order the Inferno Curry dish, you must sign a waiver. The inferno Curry is served from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. The curry is made with fresh veggies ($17.99), chicken thigh ($18.99), or boneless lamb ($19.99).
“We all know our spice tolerance; and at Mint Indian Bistro, we personalize the spice level to your liking. We can tone it down to zero or switch it up all the way to inferno,” Kris said.
Mint Indian Bistro has received numerous top honors and accolades from sources including Open Table, Trip Advisor and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas Reader’s Poll. In addition, Mint has received several rave media reviews.