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With electric-blue uplighting and lacquered floors reminiscent of a nightclub, this darkened basement venue strikes a moody pose that comes into its own during the evening, when the slick surrounds and pumped-up Indian menu draw theatre-goers and parties out on the town. The bar’s extensive cocktail list is a big attraction, and when the kitchen is on form it can deliver ‘exceptional’ contemporary dishes ranging from curried crab and mackerel cake with masala mayonnaise to spiced venison with spinach purée and crisp okra, along with shareable seafood platters. Despite the odd gripe about ‘bland’ food and inept service, no one disputes Mint Leaf’s stylish, ‘chicly opulent’ decor and minimalist layout, with discreet partitions and cocooned tables creating a mood of luxe intimacy. Readers reckon that regular prices are ‘exorbitant’, but myriad special offers are there for the taking.


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  1. Published : Sunday, 31 March 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: Mint Leaf

    We have had a few cocktails in the stylish bar at the Mint Leaf in Piccadilly during happy hour and made a mental note to one day try the exotic food here. Another incentive was that we have a discount with our gourmet society card so win win!

    Although the Mint Leaf is an Indian restaurant it is not a curry house and instead focuses on well presented dishes that have an Asian heat to them.

    We had a much needed cocktail in the bar after a long day at work and then were taken to the restaurant...
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  1. The first time I tried curry was absolutely tremendous experience. I was just a teenager living in Brazil, hungry for an exotic meal. As soon as I walked into that small cafe in the shopping mall, I was hooked. At that point, Indian cuisine wasn’t exactly a popular food choice in my country, and all I knew about curry was the instant powder packets that local street vendors sold. Even the culturally-diverse city of São Paulo didn’t have very many Indian restaurant options back then.

    Once I relocated to London, I was both shocked and delighted by the enormous selection of Indian restaurants that were available....
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Jaipur Room 60
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Semi-private areas 32

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Rajinder Pandey

Rajinder Pandey, who was part of the original opening team for Mint Leaf in Haymarket in 2003, has returned as head chef after travelling through India and gaining experience working in several fine-dining restaurants. Pandey credits renowned Indian chef and entrepreneur Sanjeev Kapoor, who stars in long-running Asian cookery show Khana Khazana, as well as his mother's home cooking as his inspiration to becoming a chef. Pandey’s mouth-watering menu incorporates his signature butter-chicken dish.

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