February 20, 2016 / Leave a Comment
A London import, Mint Leaf occupies a large space in Emirates Financial towers, with a multiple spaces including a restaurant, bar, terrace and lounge, all with some interesting views. We visited for their Friday brunch eager to see what Indian delicacies they had on offer.
Firstly, it’s a plated brunch – a big tick for me straight away. The first thing we notice is the service – it’s really top notch here – caring, attentive and genuinely happy staff. They were very helpful working around my allergies, nothing was a problem – and at one point the chef even came to our table to check I was ok when I was missing momentarily!
The white wine selection was Sauvignon Blanc which I don’t normally drink, but the Sauv on offer wasn’t too sauvy if that makes sense, so it was actually pretty enjoyable. Would have loved to see a rose choice though as it goes so well with spicy food! The red on offer was pleasing too.
You are brought a progression of courses, petite in size – the menu sounds like a LOT of food when you read it, but in reality they are often just single pieces so you’ll be able to fit it all in. You can reorder dishes if you are particularly hungry like my husband!
We were brought two tasty varieties of chaat to start, though my fave by far was the Papadi Sev Chaat, gram flour crisp with vermicelli. The gram flour crisp added great texture. The platter that followed brought some surprises – mostly that the tandoori broccoli was out of this world spicy for us! Dive into this one with caution (it’s probably good it was only a single floret!). Still very tasty though despite the intense heat this packed (now might be a good time to ask for some yoghurt like we did). The vege seekh kebab that accompanied it was also flavoursome.
Next came a platter of small bites of meat – murgh ka sule, chicken Lahori boti and lamb seekh kebab. Tasty and some had a good spice kick but not over the top. As I had to skip the seafood, next came the curries. These were nice and the portions were plentiful but all seemed to run along similar flavour lines. Some more variation in taste and style would have been awesome here. Rice accompanies these and you could settle in and take your time enjoying them. The dessert platter didn’t really appeal to me, but perhaps Indian desserts aren’t my thing, I think you need to be more used to them than I am!
The value was outstanding and the service exemplary, the food was good too. A great choice for a chilled brunch that’s maybe more like a lunch. If you’re a lover of fine Indian cuisine I’d definitely recommend you put this on your to do list.