Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3EB - 01225 446656 - www.themintroom.co.uk
Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to the Mint Room. We've not been for years, so were really exciting to visit again. Reviews are really good, so we had high expectations.
When we arrived we were greeted warmly by Adrian, who talked us through the tasting menu we would be sampling. Everything sounded delicious and we could not wait to start.
The tasting menu is called "A Tour of India" and includes multiple courses and flavours for just £39 per person. This is really great value and something we would most definately do again. To go with the food we ordered the recommended Wine Flight at £21 per person. The menu takes you on a tour of the Indian continent offering flavours and spices from rich tomato meat dishes to coconut and fish dishes with gorgeous sides in between.
Our first course was the Indian Street Food. Three fantastic pots of delicious flavours, and a fun start to events. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable and talked us through the dishes and how to eat them. Crunchy puffed rice with toasted nuts was like a very tasty and upmarket bombay mix. The deconstructed punjabi samosa with chickpea masala, seasonal salad and pomegranate seeds was perfection - light spicy fresh flavours with every bite. The third dish was also brilliant, crispy pastry balls with spicy chickpeas, diced potatoes, pomegranate and mint and tamarind water. You pour the shot glass into the crispy shell and eat in one mouthful - really good fun and tasty too! We had a glass of Piper-Heidsieck champagne with this course and it worked perfectly.
Next up were the Rajasthani Lamb Chops. Free range Welsh lamb marinated with Kashmiri chilli, yoghurt, cloves and cardomom with a sweet potato shami (spiced sweet potato patty with ginger and green coriander chutney. The lamb (all sourced locally) was so unbelievably tender and flavoursome, the chutney just right, and the potato patty was gorgeous. We especially loved this dish, which was served with a Viognier from South Africa.
Next was the Keralan Seabass Moilee, a pan fried fillet, served with a spicy creamy coconut sauce tempered with mustard seeds and red chillis. Such a rich and moorish dish - this left us craving for more. Accompanied by an Albarino, this cut through the richness of the sauce perfectly.
After the fish course we had a lovely lemon sorbet to cleanse the pallet - just right.
The next course was Beef Chettinad, gorgeously tender 8 hour marinated blade of beef, served in a rich spicy coconut and star anise sauce with curry leaves and spicy mash. This was utterly delicious and a firm favourite. Served with a Rioja Crianza - perfect with such a rich dish.
Next up was a delightful platter board that had Dehli Old Style Butter Chicken (tandoori chicken tikka) in a lovely creamy tangy sauce. Served with Saffron rice, vegetables and fresh bread. This was more of your traditional curry, and the ultimate comfort food - we loved this!
For dessert, we were invited up onto the roof terrace for a look around. It really is great up there, perfect on a hot evening. They have really decked it out nicely, with a tropical feel due to all the plants. We ate Gulab Jamun for dessert, served with chocolate mousse, and ice cream - a perfect way to end a perfect meal. Dessert wine in the form of Sauternes worked perfectly against the chocolate in the dish.
In summary, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Mint Room and will be recommending it to everyone we can! The Tour of India menu was a true delight, and something we would return for again and again. The restaurant was really busy, so booking is most definitely advised. The staff were all so knowledgeable, helpful and professional, which is always so nice to see - a real credit to the restaurant.
Thank you Mint Room see you soon!
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