Mint Leaf Bar
Mint Leaf reviews
I went to this restaurant yesterday. The food was average, the bar staff were overworked, and the 'meeter and greeter' young girls (as they all looked like hormonal teenagers) were not very helpful. They too were rushed off their feet, and lacked mature social skills (apart from an attractive redhead who was extremely friendly and assertive - I even tipped as she was very welcoming and well-spoken).
I have eaten in many Indian restaurants and this was greatly disappointing. I waited too long for my food, and the bar staff looked fed up (though their cocktails were good). I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, it's a complete rip off! It is a typical restaurant that caters to tourist and hotel-stayers. The decor is cheap but trying to pull off an 'exclusive' look. Save your money and go elsewhere!
by konstantinos1977, 15 Jul 2011
We had wonderful attentive service from our waiter. He knew his menu and suggested things for us when we asked. The food is clearly very well thought through and not just that 'same old curry' that many Indians want to serve up as 'fine dining'. Well done Mint Leaf, and keep up the good work.
by marathon1000, 17 May 2011
Avoid like the plague. We were there last night. Having read the reviews, we thought why not? What a massive waste of time and money. If you have eaten there and said the food is good, you obviously don't know about Indian food.
We had a party of 7 including my daughter, who asked for apple juice. The staff, having to be constantly reminded of her order, eventually brought her some kind of vodka based cocktail.
Then we ordered two of everything. They missed out one of the chicken dishes; half an hour later it turned up when we had nearly finished. We then asked for plain water - again, same old story, the staff were Neanderthals.
The chicken had fat layers and tasted of microwave meals - no flavour at all, it was dry and bland. The lamb was again fat layered and chewy with no flavour. The nans were all burnt at the bottom. The yoghurt was so thick it must have been refrigerated for some time. We ordered two ice creams with chocolate tarts, but only got one. The staff had to be reminded over and over again, the waiter was clueless.
This place needs new staff if they are to survive. Having pointed out all the points above to them, all they said to us was "sorry". A genuine place wouldn't have charged us at all. My advice is, don't go there. Worst restaurant I have ever been to.
by ahluwalia, 25 Jul 2010
Lovely restaurant. Quite hard to find, but when you find it you won't be disappointed. The cuisine is Indian but it is like tapas becasue you have all little dishes coming to your table. You don't have to have it like that, but that is what most people do. It was quite a long time ago, so I don't remember what I had but it was very nice. Only problem was the staff, who didn't look like they cared.
by georgewilliams96 (9 reviews
), 21 Oct 2009
Fantastic restaurant! Had a wonderful lunch there the other day. Service was great and I would definitely go again.
by R_King, 28 Apr 2009
Mint Leaf is an effective restaurant which provides good value for money. The decor, choice of wide-ranging options on the menu, friendly and effective staff, all result in a good customer experience. Management of the restaurant is very good. As a result, customers enjoy their eating experience. The restaurant also boasts a good range of drinks and wines. The Mint Leaf is well placed to continue to provide a good quality experience for visitors.
by David Hatchett (10 reviews
), 13 Apr 2009
The appearance from the outside looks more like a warehouse. Admittedly it has ambience of sorts, but people go out to enjoy the food more than anything else. It's quite pricey, yet the quality of the food is very ordinary. The service is mediocre too. I don't think I would ever go back.
by NKG (2 reviews
), 23 May 2008
Went for the Valentine menu. Absolute rip-off and very bad service. I would avoid this overpriced, overhyped venue.
by degamwaro, 18 Feb 2008
Our table was booked for 9.30pm. We arrived early by 25 minutes and we were initially pleased that our table was already ready, but we did want to have a drink at the bar. However, we were told that we couldn't and that we should sit down. From then on, for the entire duration of the meal, we felt totally rushed. Eventually, after our mains, my partner had to tell the waiters we did not want our next course yet as we had not even drunk half of our bottle of wine. We do appreciate that Valentine's is a busy night, but we had booked a late table to avoid this and there were other empty tables, so I know it wasn't the case there were people waiting for our table.
The biggest disappointment, and what angered us the most, was the food. I have never in my life been to a restaurant and left feeling hungry, but that is exactly what happened on Thursday. I do appreciate that the food was directed at being shared and being romantic but surely you could serve us more than 1 prawn and 1 scallop?! Also, I cannot believe that for dessert we had to share half a strawberry! Not even a whole one!
We have frequented many restaurants in the city and have paid a lot for these meals. We appreciate good food and believe it's worth paying a little extra, but we entirely believe we were ripped off on this occasion given the amount of food we got and the quality of it. We spent £175 on our bill that night and ended up leaving tipsy and hungry because of the lack of food.
by jiten19, 18 Feb 2008
Good service - staff were attentive even though it was just the two of us. Really liked the ambiance. Food was good but not fantastic (perhaps that's just because I prefer Thai cuisine). Had starters, mains, sides, drinks and dessert for two for under £100. Will go back again.
by Kiwigirl (2 reviews
), 06 Jan 2007
One of the best Indian restaurants I have been to - great food and exceptional service.
by Anonymous, 22 Feb 2006
Excellent food and service. Could not fault them on anything. We arrived late but they were very accommodating, unlike a lot of places that make you feel uncomfortable and guilty. Definitely recommended.
by Unknown, 14 Feb 2006
Fantastic food, drink, atmosphere and service for a corporate dinner for 24! I have eaten here 4 or 5 times now, and the food is always excellent (and I am fussy with my Indian food, being of Indian origin!)
by Anonymous, 14 Dec 2005
Full of Essex boys and girls.
by Anonymous, 17 Nov 2005
I have been to this restaurant three times and each time the service has sucked. I don't blame the staff, I blame myself for returning - a mistake I will not make again. The food was adequate and nothing more. If you are looking for lousy service try the Wong Kei - at least there it is entertaining!
by Marco, 10 Oct 2005
Come down on a Friday night into the little underground oasis and you hear the most unbelievable live saxophone and DJ duo I have ever seen. The cocktails are excessively priced so don't even think about paying the 'optional charged' service charge but the bar food was brilliant. Quite expensive but exquisite and I think worth the money - we had the meat and fish and the veggie option.
The bar staff are friendly and really really know their stuff from the array of spirits decked behind the bar.
The decor is dark and sultry but watch you heads on the low hung lights - not set up for elegant manoeuvres!
A good time to be had if it's pay day - Friday is the best night with some cracking live music to de-stress you after a long week at work!
by meglet, 05 Aug 2005
Very good service, nice decor, fantastic food. Looking forward to going on another night.
by Anonymous, 28 Jul 2005
Went for a friend's birthday - thought the vibe and decor was amazing - very slick! However, portions were tiny and was completely overpriced. Was a good experience though, and recommended if money is no object!
by nissy84, 27 Jul 2005
Worst value food on earth.
by Anonymous, 05 Jul 2005
Nice decor, but I didn't go out to eat the decor - food was rubbish on both occasions. I think they need to get another microwave (might help speed up the service).
by Anonymous, 18 Jun 2005
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