Thanks for the warning. The over-enthusiastic topping-up of wine alone is enough is to get me stroppy. As for the rest....
270 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
“We are handily located in the boutique end of Upper St near Highbury Tube station. The area is a perfect fit for us with lots of independent shops full of character such as Montes Deli, Sefton & the Wine Sampler. There is a real community spirit here...” more...
6 reviews of Mint Leaf Lounge in English
A reasonable place, decent enough decor, a cocktail bar type ambience (not sure if that works so well with a restaurant, but still) and a menu that tries - just not sure it achieves...
The starter I had (duck) was cooked surprisingly well and flavoured nicely with discernible spices. Though I can't say that the main course was that special, it was about average, albeit nicely presented.
The place felt quite empty, though it was a Monday night. I would possibly return at a push, but it wont be at the top of my list - there are better Indian restaurants out there.
I was invited to the Mint Leaf Lounge by two friends both of whom work in the city and were wearing the standard city uniform of suits and ties. The meeting had been arranged at the last possible moment, so when I arrived from work wearing jeans and trainers I instantly felt out of place. The lounge bar is extremely opulent and with its gold leaf walls and hanging chandeliers it is equally suited to the city clientele that it attracts.
My friend had booked the venue through TasteLondon so we were looking forward to getting 50% off. However, the cheapest item on the menu started at £17 so our half-price offer wasn't really the bargain that we had anticipated! I ordered the Corgi Pork curry because I liked the sound of the name and whilst it didn't contain any of the Palace's poochs - the pork that it did contain was extremely succulent and literally fell off the fork. The only issue was that there wasn't really very much of it at all. Although, I couldn't really complain as my friends sea bass and thimble of rice wouldn't have looked out of place on a Yo Sushi platter.
The staff were attentive and strangely we had about five different waitresses during the course of the meal. Even with the 50% off, the price was extortionate for the amount of food we were given. I wouldn't return at half-price and if we were paying the full price I'd have definitely complained.
Was invited with my best friend Jenny to Mint Leaf by a mutual friend......who should know better and remarkably given how awful this place is I still consider to be a good mate.....despite his appalling taste in restaurants.....
Where to start....it has to be the singularly most difficult restaurant to find in London....planes, trains, automobiles, taxis and several wrong long walks later saw us stumble into any alley where we finally fell through the, it has to be said, very attractive entrance into a long thin room....with a typical friday night 'city' clientele.....you know who you are.....put some bloody clothes on ladies....there was no hostess so we wondered around until we found our friend who was already seated.......that was the moment we entered the dark side of hell....no fewer than 3 people spent 3 hours upselling some of the worst food I have ever eaten, (lots of it pre cooked and microwaved) and constantly replenishing our wine after each and every sip despite our constant requests not to...it was like a really bad game of cat and mouse.......the 'manager' was just awful - rude, obnoxious....condescending and snotty in a way that ony someone who's really bad at their job can be - imagine a superior Cruella De Ville........I really can't be bothererd to go into the minutae....but suffice to say DON'T GO....and if you do DON'T ORDER THE £35 tasting starter...which consisted on 7 tiny blobs of indefinable goo on a large square plate....lunacy....and don't order any of the £18 + main courses either, rubbery chicken supreme, byriani something or other that was indedible and a fish curry that tasted of nothing at all...definitely no fish I've ever eaten..........I was an invited guest so couldn't complain or send this muck back...neither could I shoo away the three upselling, wine pouring, diginity sapping waiters and they're over trained rottweilier of a manager....clearly the powers that be at Mint Leaf are trying to glean every last sheckle out of the few customers that frequent this place (it was empty by 9pm)....actually....do you know what.... I don't want to spend anymore time writing about it....have another fab review to post re Absinthe in Primrose Hill which was everything this place wasn't..if you're thinking of going to Mint Leaf....my advice is ....don't bother.
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ChiantiClassico123, 15 February 2010:
This is a cool lounge and restaurant with an elegant, relaxing, contemporary atmosphere. We went for a business lunch and we found the food really good and beautifully presented. Service was very pleasant, attentive and efficient.
This is a simply great place to hang out in the City of London. It’s not cheap but I think it still represents good value for money. I will definitely be coming back more often.
Nicely decorated, and there is alot of space to lounge around on the comfy sofas. Bar service was horrendous though… went on a Thursday after work for leaving drinks, and even though the place was not packed it took a good 20 minutes to be served at the bar. Worse still were the people in front of me; they ordered wine, only to be told that the venue had run out of clean wine glasses!
Prices are on the high side, but average for a swanky place like this. Although we didn’t have food, we were close to the open-plan kitchen and the food did smell and look very tasty. For lovers of seafood, their grilled crayfish, fishcakes, and giant prawns would more than satisfy any craving.
Just one last thing… music was very soft, so its one of those ideal places if you want to talk and chit chat, but definitely not one where you want good music pumping in the background.
Went to this place for a PR event. It was well tucked away in the banking district and i imagine it gets busy on a thursday but is dead at the weekend.
Met in the champagne bar on a beautiful mezzanine with organza curtains and snakeskin sofas.
The cocktails were dreamy, Strawberry and Vanilla Martinis, Orange Mojitos (in pints) and Porn Stars (served in a martini glass with a half passion fruit, and a shooter of champagne) which were sweet yet tart and dry.
We had a taster menu which consisted of small canapes of coriander chicken, the biggest prawns covered in chili and ginger and garlic, and a beautiful salmon dill mousse. All the food was Indian in its inspiration and it was delicious.
The rest of the venue was large and spacious, without being impersonal; an old bankers hall, the floor is apparently a metre thick! Natural stone and wood give the space an organic feel and apparently Feng Shui experts have been consulted to make sure the venue and therefore your night is a happy one.
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