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A stunning new restaurant in Romford, located at The City Pavilion, has just opened its doors, and it’s already making waves. Minao boasts an expansive menu brimming with Pan-Asian flavours from the Far East, promising a culinary journey that tantalizes the senses, with a Fully Halal Food Menu.

Ambience and Decor

The first thing that catches the eye upon entering Minao is its breathtaking decor. The space is both spacious and modern, exuding a bougie vibe that is sure to impress. The interior design seamlessly blends contemporary elegance with subtle Asian influences, creating an inviting atmosphere perfect for both casual dining and special occasions. Additionally, there’s an outdoor dining area, offering a serene spot to enjoy your meal under the sky.

A Pan-Asian Feast

With nearly 70 items on the menu, Minao’s offerings are as diverse as they are delicious. For this review, I indulged in an array of dishes, far more than my usual order, to get a comprehensive taste of what Minao has to offer.

Dragon Roll (£13.90) ⭐

The Dragon Roll was a standout. This sushi roll was a harmonious blend of fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors. The presentation was impeccable, and each bite delivered a delightful mix of textures and tastes that left me thoroughly impressed.

Char Sui Chicken Bao (£11.50)

The Char Sui Chicken Bao was delicious, with soft, fluffy buns encasing tender, flavorful chicken. The only downside was that it left us wanting a touch more of that delectable filling to fully satisfy our cravings.

Black Pearl Dumpling (£12.50)

These dumplings were a delightful treat, with a rich, savory filling encased in perfectly steamed dough. Each bite was a burst of umami, making it a memorable part of the meal.

Spiced Cumin Roasted Lamb (£13)

The spiced cumin roasted lamb was impressively tender and juicy. The cumin flavor was present but more subtle than expected, providing a gentle warmth that complemented the lamb beautifully.

Chicken Karage (£11.50)

The Chicken Karage offered a crispy, golden exterior with succulent chicken inside. It was a delightful snack that paired wonderfully with the dipping sauce provided.

Wasabi Prawn (£14.90) ⭐

The Wasabi Prawns were another highlight. Tempura-fried prawns covered in a wasabi mayonnaise sauce, the flavors worked harmoniously to create a dish that was both bold and balanced.

Satay Gai (£11.50)

The chicken satay featured perfectly cooked, tender chicken breast cubes. The accompanying sauce, while good, could have used a touch more complexity to elevate the dish to the next level.

Lamb Black Pepper (£16.50)

The lamb black pepper had a melt-in-your-mouth texture, with a black pepper presence that was prominent yet could benefit from a bit more intensity to truly stand out.

Kung Po Chicken (£13.50)

This dish offered a flavorful and spicy experience, with tender chicken pieces coated in a rich, tangy sauce that delivered a satisfying punch of heat.

Pad Thai Chicken (£10.50)

The Pad Thai presented a unique twist on the classic dish, featuring a sweet and tangy sauce that provided a refreshing departure from tradition. While not the most authentic rendition, it was enjoyable and well-executed.

Thai Green Prawn Curry (£16.50) ⭐

The Thai Green Prawn Curry came highly recommended, and it did not disappoint. The curry had layers of flavor, balancing subtle heat and sweetness perfectly. As a lover of Thai food, this dish was a standout for its depth and complexity.

Overall Experience

With its extensive menu, Minao ensures there’s something for everyone. The decor and vibe are brilliant, making it an ideal spot for both date nights and family outings. The City Pavilion location also offers ample parking and additional entertainment options like a bowling alley and arcade, adding to the appeal.

All food at Minao is halal, and while pork is absent from the menu, alcohol is available for those who wish to indulge.

My meal was complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. If you’re in Romford, Minao is definitely worth a visit for its exceptional Pan-Asian cuisine and stylish ambience.

8.3 / 10 Halal Food Guy
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