Mint Leaf is located in Piccadilly just a five minute walk from either Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross Station. Serving up modern Indian cuisine in the heart of Haymarket just around the corner from the west end it’s a great choice for a pre-theatre meal. The decor is modern and attractive, with mood lighting making it a romantic spot to have a meal. The staff gave us a warm welcome and were all very attentive during our time there.
We sampled the Mint Leaf Star Deal Menu with eight dishes including either a Bellini or a mocktail. We went for a Mango Bellini and the Illusion Mocktail – both were very tasty and presented beautifully.
The first four dishes of the menu were Ragada Pattce: potato tikki, white chickpea, mint, yoghurt and tamarind chutney, Malai Paneer: paneer tikka, green chilli, lemon and pink salt, Kashmiri Murgh: chicken supreme, lemon juice chilli and garlic and Masala Bonda: crab and souther spiced mash potato, tomato chutney. The ragagada pattice was the star of the show – a tasty little potato pancake full of spices and with a delicious tamarind chutney. The chicken was also tasty and tender and the paneer was well spiced and tasty. The masala bonda was a little deep fried ball of crab and potato and was delicious.
The next four dishes were Lamb Kali Mirchi: braised leg of lamb with browned onion and crushed black pepper, Tarkari Biryani: dum cooked seasonal mixed vegetable and basmati rice and the Malabar Fish: tilapia fish with mustard coconut and curry leaf. The lamb was tender and well seasoned with a generous portion of meat. The biryani tasted good but there weren’t a huge amount of veggies. The fish was the dish of the night for me, with the creamy mustard sauce and big flaky pieces of fish it was delicious and it was all served with some really fantastic Garlic Naan which was heavenly.
For dessert we had Blueberry Kulfi with warm berry compote which was delicious! The warm berry compote poured over the ice cream was heaven – I didn’t think it would work but it really did as the compote was sour and offset the sweetness of the ice cream. The whole menu plus drink costs just £28 which is an absolute bargain for the quality you get.