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The atmospheric Mint Leaf restaurant and bar is perfectly located for pre or post-theatre dinner and is sectioned into semi-private areas accommodating up to a total of 220 guests. Dark furnishings and fibre optic lighting create a striking backdrop for the 22 metre cocktail bar. If you are looking for a trendy venue with great service and the chance of rubbing shoulders with celebrities then Mint Leaf is the place for you.

Ranked #279 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Serving modern Indian cuisine in elegant surroundings, Mint Leaf offers a unique and glamourous dining experience situated in the heart of the West End. The versatile menus feature authentic Indian ingredients prepared in a contemporary style and served with grace. Chef Rajinder Pandey, who was part of the original opening team for Mint Leaf in Haymarket in 2003, has returned as Head Chef after travelling throughout India and gaining experience working in several fine dining establishments. The stylish bars are perfect for enjoying classic and exotic cocktails. Both venues boast a number of private areas for you to entertain clients, family or friends. Mint Leaf offers enticing menus for lunch, pre and post theatre alongside the a la carte. Sunday's offer a more relaxed approach with the Sunday Grazing Brunch. Mint Leaf offers a wide range of events from Wine or Spirit Tastings, Cocktail Master Classes, private or semi-private lunches or dinners, birthday parties, baby showers, hen parties, corporate parties, press launches, film and theatre premiere parties, fashion shows through to Wedding ceremonies and civil partnership receptions. The Mint Leaf events team have considerable experience and offer great flexibility, working with you each step of the way to ensure your event is a success."

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MON

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30

FRI

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30

SAT

12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:30

SUN

11:30 - 14:45, 17:00 - 23:00

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By Andrew M.

I went to the Mint Leaf last Friday, having heard great things about it from a friend who had visited it about 6 months ago. I am not sure if it has undergone a dramatic transformation since then or whether my friend has acquired a taste for poshified curry, but we were left speechless after having paid £123 for two people for some over spiced Massala and lard-laden lentils accompanied by a bottle of mediocre wine and – this is the most traumatising bit - a solo Mariachi band (a saxophonist!) who wandered the tables. Bless his lungs; the sax-guy went on relentlessly all night. To spice things up more, several waiters kept sneaking up behind us in an attempt to find out how things were going. And so we departed, having gulped down our curries in silence (was impossible to speak or hear), and with a sense of having had a most surreal experience. Pity, as the décor is quite nice.


By Andrew M.

I chose Mint Leaf because I was entertaining a couple of out-of-towners and thought they would be impressed by the dramatic, even theatrical, dark wood decor. We enjoyed good cocktails and reasonable food. OK, the food is not great value for money, however its location means that it is never going to be. Simply enjoy the atmosphere. Mint Leaf is a big restaurant with a bar and therefore of course it can be a bit loud, but that is part of its charm. I would definitely go again - although mainly due to location, atmosphere and setting.


By Al C.

Absolutely beautiful food - I will definitely be coming back!

Absolutely beautiful food - I will definitely be coming back! I had the pre-theatre set menu, remarkable value! Couldn't fault the food at all. Only thing I would say is that it could have been a bit lighter at our table (as in the actual light was quite dark), but the service and food were superb.


By Marta W.

The decor was lovely, if a little dark for my taste. The service was fairly friendly and prompt. The food was of a good standard, though some of it was over-seasoned for my palate (and I like salt on everything!). The wine list looked very impressive, - though we fancied beer, - two of which they'd run out of. The prices were pretty high, though thankfully, we had a 50% offer, - which made it much more reasonable. Overall, we had a very pleasant evening, - though I wouldn't be in the biggest hurry to return, - particularly if paying full prices.


By Kye L.

The ultimate venue to relax, unwind and have great Tandoori food in Haymarket

Mint Leaf is a contemporary Tandoori restaurant and bar situated in the Haymarket area, in which has quickly become one of my favorite venues in London. With heavenly Tandoori dishes created by great culinary chefs, a fantastic range of drinks and all topped off with an unparalleled atmosphere, whats not to like? I recently visited the venue for a beer tasting and tandoori meal event, the event itself was nothing short of amazing.

Mint Leaf goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to making the venue perfect for any occasion, if you're after a delightful evening meal, after work drinks or a night out, this is the place to go in the Haymarket area.

A lot like a Mint Leaf, Mint Leaf is seriously refreshing. The staff alone put together new drinks and cocktails and are not afraid to experiment, and my goodness they are good at it! I recommend the Cobra beer 'hoptail' to anyone. The bar itself is an ultra modern long cocktail bar which adds a sense of class and elegance to the venue along with great seating areas surrounding the bar.

The atmosphere and the relaxed modern bar vibe really does help the drinks go down well, with decadent lighting and great music which helps you to relax that little bit more. Mint Leaf is simply one of London's venues that you cannot afford to miss.


By Subhash B.

Best Indian food experience in London! I have eaten at a lot of Indian restaurants in London and all over India but Mint Leaf definitely stands out for me. I visited the fine-dining restaurant and lounge over 5 times in my 4 week visit to London and I was delighted every time during my visit, whether on a weekday for lunch or on a busy weekend for an intimate dinner. The ambiance and service at Mint Leaf is perfect for a romantic meal with your partner or even a nice quiet dinner with your loved ones. They also have a DJ and a live saxophonist playing on Fridays and Saturdays which serves as a good start to any weekend and is totally entertaining!! During my visits to Mint Leaf, I was lucky to try out quite a few drinks from their cocktail menu and I have to say the unique concoctions offered in their extensive bar menu were a true delight. Especially the french attitude, pornstar martini and death in the afternoon. Must try cocktails! The mixed non-veg sharing platter is a great dish to begin your meal with, especially the duck and mahi tikka.The tikkas were extremely succulent and cooked to perfection. Even the paneer tikka was nice, and its sauce/dip worth trying.For the main course, I would recommend the chicken jalfrezi and methi maas with the chilli/ garlic naan. The black dal was an absolute stunner.One of my favorites!! The biryani also had some nice authentic Indian flavours to it. Among their deserts, I would recommend the hot chocolate fondant which is a perfect way to end an amazing meal. A must visit in London specially to satiate the Indian cuisine cravings!


By Mark O.

A modern Indian restaurant with a sultry lit interior design reminiscent of the likes of Hakkasan, Mint Leaf is one of the better options on the tourist-clogged Haymarket – but you should expect to pay for the privilege.

The Venue
Haymarket’s food and drink options are chain-heavy to say the least, and Mint Leaf has long been a popular spot for those looking for a better quality meal than can be found close by. Diners enter on ground floor level and descend into a basement where a clipboard-wielding member of staff checks your reservation; the lingering nightclub feeling this induces is further enforced by a deep house soundtrack chugging away unobtrusively in the background.

Subtly positioned backlit surfaces and bespoke light features provide shafts of light throughout what is otherwise a very dark space, and the multiple dining spaces are broken up by heavy wood panelling and semi-open shutters, allowing those with nosy tendancies to check out their fellow diners.

The Atmosphere
Barely lit by most restaurants’ standards, Mint Leaf’s contemporary design leaves you wondering whether you’re in a cocktail bar rather than a dining room. Other diners include large groups of businessmen, with plenty of transatlantic accents audible – not surprising given the prime central location. Staff are eager to please.

The Food
The modern design doesn’t extend to a menu full of experimental fusion dishes - a good thing – although there are oddities like pan seared black cod with Goan curry sauce, a nod to designer pan-Asian restaurants where black cod is a default setting on the menu.

Stick to the more traditional and things are fairly consistent on the whole: tandoori lamb chops (£12.00) arrive with a feisty charred coating that gets the senses tingling; a portion of date-stuffed paneer is (£8.00) also perfectly decent, however the mustardy dip its paired with is a little overbearing.

Mains are a mixed bunch: a chicken biriyani (£16.00) seems to have been knocked together fairly hastily and shows little sign of the depth of flavour you should expect from a carefully prepared version of the dish. The lamb saddle (£22.00) served on a bed of pureed spinach with crispy strands of okra fares better; the thinly sliced meat is pink and tender and is well complemented by the slick of spinach it is positioned on. Side dishes of pilau rice or chapattis have to be ordered separately, adding a few quid respectively.

The Drink
Cocktails are a big selling point for the bar, and you could in theory come to Mint Leaf just to sample these. Champagne dominates the front of the wine list, with bottles starting from £55.00 before heading upwards to eye-watering levels. Lighter reds tend to work better against the backdrop of spicy Indian food, so the Louis Latour Pinot Noir, a tipple so inoffensive it’s practically anodyne, provides a tame supporting role for £32.50 a bottle.

The Last Word
An easy on the eye contemporary Indian restaurant, Mint Leaf continues to offer fancier surroundings and a bit more quality than many of its neighbours, albeit at fairly stern prices.


By Laura Sarah G.

I celebrated my birthday at Mint Leaf this week and had a wonderful evening. We started with cocktails in the bar where there was a DJ, then we had a sharing menu in the restaurant, and back to the bar where we boogied until late. Incredible cocktails, delicious food, attentive service, and an electric atmosphere. Couldn't have asked for anything better, they even surprised me with a birthday cake (and my friends didn't even ask for it). We will all be back there very soon, and firm regular!


By Jo T.

I went to the willy wonka party on NYE with 8 friends. I was one of the best new yaers eve partioes I have ever been to - the place looked amazing, the staff where friendly (especially willy wonka who hosted the night) and the atmosphere was great. One of the best nights of my life - everything was perfect (though too many sweets and chocolate didn't do much for our figures). It is a beautiful venue - i hope they do more events like this. Well done all the MINT LEAF team.


By Pat R.

Average food in a very stylish restaurant. The atmosphere in Mint Leaf was quite good. Most dishes were okay taste, well presented. The only food I like were the lamb kebab with mint and coriander and another dish, gloriously spicy, with tomatoes and chick peas whose name I cant remember. The Mint Leaf is very pricey, but it never claims to be cheap. It's definitely an upper end place for price. Its pretentious in terms of food quality, but service is good. Not the best indian but its ok.


By Rani J.

rubbish, overrated, and not worth the money. This is not fusion food, nor is it Indian food! Booked for a special birthday night and it was a huge disappointment.


By Vicky M.

Went to this restaurant for a friends bday and I was totally disappointed. This restaurant had been recommended to me in the past but I hadn't been so when a friend suggested it for a birthday I was really excited and looking forward to going. When I arrived the receptionist was really polite and friendly but after that it was downhill from there. I'm not sure what the hype is about with this restaurant because the food was cold, the dish that I had lacked flavour and the meat in the dish was really poor quality and was oily. I've had better chicken in Nando's for a fraction of the price and my local indian restaurant is fare more superior than this. I was disappointed with the food but the service was even more abmissal. Our waitress was rude, miserable and we were constantly having to go and look for her and chase things up. The drinks were expensive came out warm and we waited 25 minutes before they finally got the first drinks to us. It wasn't that busy that they were rushed of their feet that there was an excuse for it. The waitress never smiled once and was unfriendly and unapproachable. Guite frankly I've fet more welcome and had better service in MacDonalds. For a restaurant of this calibre I expected more and I don't mind paying for this if its good. They also add a 12.5% service charge to your bill and again I have no problem with paying it and I expect to pay it if the service is good but to have extremely bad service and then have it added to your bill is a bit of an insult. The only positives that I can say is that the receptionist was friendly, there was a waiter that showed me where the toilets were that was very polite and although a bit cold was brought out quite promptly. It's a shame that something that I was looking forward to turned out so badly. My bill was expensie and it was a total waste of money.


By Lisa G.

I visited Mint Leaf on a recommendation for my birthday. Not only was the food lovely but the whole experience was great. They had organised a birthday cake, the staff were first class, and the cocktails amazing. I will be going back very soon to work my way through the rest of the cocktail menu!


By Su P.

Visited on Sunday 6the December. Receptionist did not welcome us with a happy 'namaste' but a blunt and arrogant 'have you a reservation'. Beautifully designed. Starters not too bad, main course very bland. Didn't get the desert we asked for. Liked the way the bar was set up. Definitely too expensive for what you get. Waiters very good, receptionist definitely lacks people skills.


By Vicky C.

Went here with my boyfriend about a month ago - would not recommend it to anyone. The place was shabby, the music deafening and the food was awful. I know this is contemporary Indian food but it does not give a restaurant to serve up miniature portions and tasteless food. All meals were served in teacup sized bowls. Our poppadom starters were the size of 10p pieces and had a similar texture. Every dish was disappointing. Avoid this place.


By J.

Excellent decor, the place looks amazing. Food is of a high standard, but the whole thing is let down by the noise! The bar plays disco music whilst you're eating in the restaurant.

I was with a party of 8 and couldn't hear the person opposite me let alone anyone else. Avoid Mint Leaf for anything other than a drunken night out!

Decor and Surroundings 5 stars, Food 4 stars, Staff 3 stars, Value For Money 2 stars, Atmosphere 1 star.


By A.

Mint Leaf have the rudest, coldest most repugnant staff I've ever encountered. Before I even arrive they phoned me insisting I must be there exactly on time!

When I arrived, on time but without my partner, I get interrogated as to when she's going to arrive. I then get left alone for 10 minutes. No one asks if I want a drink. When my partner arrives we get served after about another 15 minutes. No one ever asks us how the food is and after the first round of drinks we never get asked if we want another. We wait 15 minutes before having to ask to see the dessert menu. We are told 'You pay more for dessert!'. We paid the bill and left. They got their tip removed. Mint Leaf was skin-crawlingly awful.

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