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Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar (Bar, Restaurant)

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Suffolk Place, Haymarket, West End, London, SW1Y 4HX
Cuisine: Indian Average Price: ££50
Tel: 0207 930 9020 | Email to Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar | | Transport: Piccadilly Circus | Write review

Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Review

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Best for: first time experiences; delicious Indian food.

Great: place for a post-theatre dinner; quiet dining; for creating new favourites.

I have tried a lot of different cuisines. I have tried Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Thai and all the favourites. Because of this, I was accustomed to my favourites; favourite haunts and favourite selections. I can navigate my way through a menu like a pro and I never thought to look beyond that. But sometimes, it’s good to try something new.

I was sent along to Haymarket to try Indian cuisine. As hard as it might be to believe, I had never had Indian food before this occasion and because of this, I was excited as to what I would be experiencing.

Mint Leaf, situated in London’s Theatreland, is a restaurant that already beams glamour from the outside. Without the usual trademark décor of Indian restaurants, it has a comfortable low-lit interior, soft and inoffensive incense and a nice buzz.

When the lift reached the ground floor, I became even more excited as my coat was taken and I was seated by my waiter Rajeeb, before being offered a cocktail. Mint Leaf has drawn a fine, sophisticated line between what can be described as a restaurant that tries too hard and the restaurant with effortless glamour. It is not too full but has a nice mix of post-theatre customers, work party groups and couples.

Seated at a table for four, I was guided through a menu that was filled with things that could easily become a new favourite. It was difficult to decide what to have but when I told my waiter this, he embarked on a mission to make this a one of a kind dining experience and picked a selection for me.

From my main to my dessert, everything he picked was perfect. tandoori lamb saddle with spinach and okra, Guinea fowl tikka, pan seared potato cakes, garlic naan bread, stir fried baby corn and pak choy, and many more. By time the dessert came, I couldn’t breathe. Placed in front of us was a beautiful selection of crème brulee, chocolate pudding and a saffron panna cotta that is now officially a firm favourite with me. Light and delicate, it’s (almost) unreal.

Mint Leaf will make you think twice about having Indian food at any old restaurant. If you’ve found somewhere that has your favourites, then stick to it but there is nothing quite like a new experience in a restaurant that gives you an amazing memory and awakens your tastebuds to all things different and fresh. Nothing was heavy, nothing was oily, but everything was exquisite.

Mint Leaf managed to combine all the good things about a night out and even more so, managed to make a good impression in my mind. Taking what could be a simple, uneventful dining experience (which all of us can say we’ve had to endure), Mint Leaf gives you a whole new way of looking at how a Thursday evening could be spent.

Sipping on my mango lassi, I was sadly aware that our time was nearly at an end as Rajeeb was clearing everything away. I didn’t want him to take anything. I could have easily sat there until I was no longer full to bursting and continued on with the dishes that had food left over.

With a heavy heart and stomach, I collected my coat, said goodbye to the friendly face behind the desk and got into the lift as I rejoined the hustle and bustle of the London street, chilly from the weather but warmed by my first experience of Indian cuisine.
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Customer Reviews for Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar

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“Perfect Indian restaurant close to all the right places!! Its really really nice and I would strongly recommend!”
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Lizzie, London (4 years 29 days ago)

“A great meal and buzzy venue, but at best Mint Leaf is really just Posh Curry. However it makes a change from the sticky tables and oil sodden curries we are normally accustomed to.”
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The Social Eater, London (5 years 3 months 14 days ago)

“Excellent restaurant! Ten out of ten!”
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Bean, London (7 years 6 months 2 days ago)

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Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 1:00am    

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Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Indian
  • Average Price: ££50

Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Food Menu

Serving innovative Indian cuisine in an elegant and stylish setting, Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar offers a unique dining experience in the heart of the West End and Theatreland, just minutes from Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Our menus are prepared using only the very finest ingredients.
We offer set lunch, pre & post theatre, full a la carte, and bespoke menus for all special occasions.

Updated 11/10/2013

Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Drinks Menu

Our amazing 22 meter cocktail bar is perfect for enjoying either classic or Mint Leaf creations, with fabulous bar food offered all day. The space can be sectioned into to two areas, the Long Bar and the lower bar, accommodating up to 120 guests. American walnut panelling separates the bar area from the restaurant and creates an intimate setting.
Looking for something a little extra? Try our Cocktail Master Classes hosted by our expert Mixologist

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