Date of Visit – 9/10/13 8pm
Hidden below the in a basement below the streets of Piccadilly lies Mint Leaf and “upmarket” indian restaurant. Upon walking downstairs you are greeted by the hostess in a large reception area along with a strong hit of scented incense candles. I was dining with a party of four and was shown to our table, the restaurant is dimly lit to create a nice atmosphere of elegance with a hint of slight pretentiousness, but i overall had good first impressions. You walk along a catwalk. past the bar and walls padded with leather and wooden trim. The Seats at our table was more comfortable small sofa chairs which i liked. The decor is contemporary but what i liked was there was a lot of space and things didn’t feel cramped and it created a nice relaxed atmosphere.
I ordered a Lemon+Mint mocktail, not bad for £6, loads of flavour but i’ve had better. For starters I went for the Grill Prawns but also had my friends Lamb Chop. Portions are very small, i was rather shocked to see the tiny lamb chops, that would even look at of place in a kids meal, but i guess this is standard which “fancy” places.
Mains, i ordered the Lamb Methi, but also tried the unique and different biryani along with the classic chicken jalfrezi. I did ask for my Lamb dish to be made spicy, and it was. There was a good blend of heat and flavour, it was a thick based curry and the pieces of meat were not bad. Overall, did i like the food, I did, my liked my main, despite the portion sizes were on the small size i didn’t leave feeling hungry or full, so just right.
The service from start to finish was good, the waiter was attentive and polite, what also was good was they gave us individual bills when we asked for the meal to be split between 4 which was a nice touch.
Price wise the bill was £25pp, which included drinks, starters and main. This included a 50% discount of food with tastecard. So not bad at all for a upmarket restaurant. Where this place scores points is the atmosphere and service. Value without a 50% is not worth it all! Giving this a overall 4.. only because i give too many 3.5s!
Chicken and Lamb were verbally said as being Halal
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not bad at all for a upmarket restaurant.