I was recently invited to a Zomato meet up at Mint Leaf of London to sample the festive menu. Honestly speaking, I was a bit apprehensive as I had visited them during Valentine’s Day last year and didn’t have a great experience. My experience this time was completely different.
Mint Leaf of London offers contemporary Indian cuisine in a beautiful setting. It has a restaurant, lounge and bar. It has indoor and outdoor seating. The ambience is lovely and sophisticated. The view is stunning and the music is amazing.
We started off with mulled wine. Nothing screams Christmas like a steaming glass of mulled wine. This was the traditional mulled wine, no fusion as such. It was mulled to perfection. This spirit raiser was a perfect way to start our meet up.
We were recommended to try their cocktails. I went through their extensive drinks menu. I was impressed, what a huge variety they offer! Some of the drinks are very creative. I had a cocktail with a very interesting name; Tungsten Light Bulb. The cocktail arrived on a platter with an illuminated glass filled with ice and the drink inside a light bulb. How cool is that! The drink is amazing. I must say one of the best cocktails I have had lately. Totally recommend it.
Next to arrive was a medley of starters and Makai Shorba(sweet corn and cashew nut soup). As I am a vegetarian, they offered me couple of different starters that is not there in the festive menu. Sweet corn and cashew nut soup was a big hit with all the foodies. The soup was creamy, rich and delicious. The paneer tikka, Khumb palak ki galouti and tandoori sabz chaat which I had was good. The portion size was just right.
As for our mains, we vegetarians were served vegetable Jalfarezi and malai kofta from the festive menu. They also served us Dal Makhni,Aloo tamatar( potato and tomato) and paneer in a tomato gravy from their regular menu.
The vegetable Jalfarezi had a mix of veggies in a thick tomato gravy. It was perfectly spiced and tangy.
Malai Kofta or the paneer dumplings had a creamy sauce that was rich in taste.
The festive menu also offers Turkey Biryani, which I didn’t try. We were served cranberry and cheese naan(Indian bread) along with our curries. All of us were trying this naan for the very first time. It is not there in their regular menu and specially introduced in their festive menu. A definite must-try. It was soft and chewy with a light filling of cheese and dried cranberries. It was fantastic, I wish they introduce it in their regular menu.
As for dessert we were served warm Christmas pudding with cranberry pistachio biscotti and ginger bread crumble. I felt it was lacking in flavor and taste. But the pineapple sorbet with ground pepper that was also offered to us was amazing. The hint of coarse pepper added extra zing to the sorbet.