Restaurant Review:
Mint Leaf of London

DIFC

We were recently invited to an Iftar party at the Mint Leaf of London and needless to say, we were very excited to try the out the food at this London based fine-dining restaurant. Sitting pretty on the 15th floor of the South Tower at the Dubai International Financial Centre, Mint Leaf of London, a subsidiary of the Mint Leaf Group, prides itself on bringing forth true gastronomic skill in the form of contemporary Indian cuisine. The refined spirit of the group is rife in the décor, presentation and ambiance. Before you even get to the food on offer, you begin devouring your surroundings as the dark, elegant wooden interiors are perfectly complemented by a majestic view of Downtown Dubai and behemoth, Burj Khalifa.
Prior to Iftar itself, the table was laid out with tidbits such as roasted almonds, dates, pistachios and cashew nuts along with a refreshingly tall glass of chilled Mint Lemonade and Rose Flavored chilled milk. Additionally, a cold mezze platter consisting of sprout beans and chickpeas chaat with tamarind chutney, Kuchumber Salad, Beetroot and corn summer salad and Papdi sev chaat joined the other items on the table. We liked this touch! As far as the drinks go, the Mint lemonade was refreshing but the Rose milk packed an even bigger punch despite its small size. The Hot mezze platter was subsequently placed on the table after Iftar had begun and consisted of the following dishes:

  • Roasted Fennel Seed and Garlic Hamour
  • Cardamom & Cream Cheese Prawns
  • Australian Lamb Kebabs
  • Lahori Tandoori Chicken
  • Achaari Paneer Tikka
  • Saffron Broccoli Florets

Nestled charmingly on a segmented plate, the hot mezze tray made for an excellent treat. Each item boasted of its unique savors and flavors and we honestly couldn’t get enough of some of the grub like the Cardamom & Cream cheese prawns, Saffron Broccoli Florets (which have a hint of cream cheese too) and the Lamb Kebabs. Honestly speaking, everything on this plate was divine! We were then brought another Chaat, an aloo tikki one in a little boat shaped salver, another winner from the appetizers.
Main Course (Unlimited)

  • Saag Gosht (Australian Lamb leg braised with spinach and garlic puree)
  • Chicken Tikka Korma (Mildly Spiced Chicken Tikka, Pistachio & Cashew Korma sauce)
  • Subz Makhani (Seasonal mixed vegetables with buttery tomato sauce)
  • Yellow Daal
  • Steamed Rice
  • Tandoori Roti

After the splendid appetizers, we had some high expectations for the mains but to be honest, some of the dishes fell short. We loved the Saag Gosht, the mutton just melted in your mouth. We were served a Butter chicken dish as well and unfortunately the gravy of both the makhani dishes were replicas of each other, so it felt like they had just replaced the vegetables with chicken and made two dishes out of one. Thank Goodness Yellow Daal was part of the menu instead of the run of the mill Daal Makhani as it made for a nice change; nothing spectacular though, just a basic lentil stew if you must.
Desserts

  • Assorted Mixed Dessert Platter

Chocolate lovers, Gulab Jamun lovers and fruit lovers rejoice for the dessert at Mint Leaf was bliss on a plate! One segment carried a homemade Gulab Jamun while the other housed a 70% Valrhona Chocolate Mousse and the rest had ripe, fresh fruits! The soft, milky Gulab Jamun (a tad too sweet) was exquisitely accompanied by the slightly bitter but extremely delicious Chocolate mousse. When you need a break from the two, have a spoonful of the lip-smacking fruits and feel good about having that much talked about balanced diet.

Overall, we loved the grace and sophistication that makes up every aspect of Mint Leaf of London, however we found the service slow. Moreover, while some dishes delighted us with their unexpected components, others fell short of expectations. Nevertheless, we intend to return to sample the other unique fare on offer at Mint Leaf of London.