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Restaurant Review: The Mint Room, Bath
Curry with class – we test out Bath’s most refreshing dining destination
Restaurant Review: The Mint Room, Bath

Think of Bath and the word curry doesn’t tend to spring to mind. The world-famous city is best known for its historic Roman Baths, cobbled streets and markets, which make it one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. An ideal choice for a weekend away, Bath is a city of culture and creativity but all that walking around and sightseeing can make a visitor hungry! Aside from the usual chain eateries and cafes are some fabulous, independent award-winning restaurants such as The Mint Room.

Perched on the Lower Bristol Road, The Mint Room is far cry from a typical high street Indian restaurant. With its cool, airy interiors and chic lighting, it has a much more contemporary atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to dine for lunch as well as dinner; whether you have an intimate date in mind or are visiting with friends on a special occasion.

That’s the setting and location covered but what you’ll most want to know about is the food…i.e is the curry actually any good? Well the menu is certainly unique. Designed by Head Chef Mamrej Khan and his team, The Mint Room's pan-Indian dishes are made up of authentic flavours with an unexpected twist. Check out what’s on offer…

Highlights from the starters menu include Rabbit Varuval (chunks of rabbit meat tossed with onion, chilli, curry leaves and ground spices); Grilled Scallops (pan seared scallops marinated with fennel, star anise and turmeric, topped with oven roasted mixed peppers and served with onion and tomato relish); and Pujabi Sword Fish (char roasted Caribbean sword fish steaks flavoured with honey and mustard, served with smoked beetroot raitha). Freshly prepared and STUNNING to look at, these are dishes that are both memorable to eat and look at.

The Mint Room’s impressive list of mains includes wonderful dishes like Murgh Jugal Bandi (poached breast of tender chicken stuffed with spinach and home-made cheese served with cashew nuts, caramelized onion and tomato sauce); Keralan Duck (a Keralan speciality of oven roasted seared Barbary duck breast served with mixed bell peppers in a curry leaf and coconut milk sauce); and Mango Mach (a traditional Bengali-style preparation of pan fried red mullet, simmered in coconut milk, five-spice and a sweet and sour sauce of green mangoes, served with spiced potato tempered with mustard). If that description isn’t enough to entice you to go to Bath to dine here we don’t know what is…hang in a tick, we do – the yummy desserts!

It’s true Indian restaurants aren’t know for their dessert menus but The Mint Room have mastered what us Brits need to fulfil our sweet tooths. Amongst the contemporary home-made desserts are Poached Pear (with saffron, star anise, beetroot jus and served with coconut ice cream); and a classic Chocolate Mousse (made with Swiss chocolate no less).

There is also an extensive cocktail list so forget about teaming your curry with a beer, this establishments is far more classy and on that note we’ll end this review to give you a chance to book that trip to Bath and try The Mint Room out for yourselves. Bon Apetite!

The Mint Room is at Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, Somerset, BA2 3EB.
Tel: 01225 446656 www.themintroom.co.uk

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