Sample some of the finest Indian cuisine in Bristol at The Mint RoomPosted on: 21 Jun 2019
Renowned across the city as one of the best Indian restaurants in the area, The Mint Room is firmly established among Bristol's dining frontrunners. Opened back in 2014, the restaurant has since become a staple of the food scene in the Clifton area. This is, then, Indian cuisine elevated to an entirely new, unbeatably delicious level.
Located in the city's affluent Clifton area (on Clifton Road, in fact), The Mint Room opened way back in 2014 but has made a serious, enviable mark on the region's buzzing food barometer and truly raised the bar as to what we should expect from faultless Indian culinary expertise and cooking.
With a savvy, canny blend of old and new, traditional and contemporary Indian dishes, head chef Saravanan Nambirajan comes with an impressive pedigree of having worked at London's Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, Tamarind. So when it comes to deep, intoxicating flavours created with passion using the very finest ingredients and often giving a new spin to old classics, it doesn't get any better than this.
Its frontage and interior are impressive. A large glass facade and arched wooden frame open up into a sleek, modern bar, navigating through a warren of rooms comprising decor of visual and cultural diversity, beautiful sculptural Indian mirrors, exposed brickwork, aubergine-red walls and comfy banquettes.
Fine dining and sophistication are paramount here, and its warm, cosy, intimate ambience (especially with the calming glow of the candle-lit Eastern lanterns) encapsulates The Mint Room's heart, soul and ethos that has thrust, and kept, it at the very forefront of the most delicious, expertly cooked Indian cuisine in Bristol. Intoxicating combinations and inspiring culinary innovation in a classy, chic environment represent the very essence of this restaurant.
Menus include a Tour of India Tasting Menu and A La Carte Menu, serving up wonderfully flavoursome and authentic dishes such as Tikki (Tandoori broccoli, spinach marinated paneer, spiced wild mushrooms with red pepper purée); Malai Poussin (poussin breast with soft cheese, coriander stem, cardamom and pudina chutney); Batakh Sheekh (minced duck, orange, fennel, green chilli with dates and ginger pickle), spinach bhaji, seafood, meat and vegetarian platters, Kozhi Nadan Curry (Keralan-style spring chicken curry in a fennel, desiccated coconut and curry leaves masala sauce), as well as traditional sides and rice and breads including Basmati rice and poppadom basket.
There are also vegan and gluten-free menus which offer dishes such as Tandoori Broccoli, Spinach Bhaji, Dhal (trio of lentils with tomatoes and tempered with jeera, cumin and garlic), and Simla Mirchi (baby peppers filled with spiced sweet potatoes served with coconut sauce). A well-stocked bar means there's an excellent range of drinks available, with their cocktails generating particular attention and praise.
Inviting, friendly, effortlessly slick and utterly contemporary, The Mint Room has firmly established its well-earned reputation for getting the tongues and tastebuds of the city's most fervent foodies excited, and continues set the impeccable standard for sensational Indian cuisine.
The Mint Room is located at 12-16 Clifton Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1AF. For more information on the restaurant or to make a booking, contact the team on 0117 329 1300, get in touch via email, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.
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