New Menu Tasting at The Mint Room, Bath

The Mint Room is renowned in Bath for being something far more special than your average Indian restaurant. We've been impressed by it over the years, and were excited to be asked to celebrate the launch of their new menu with them over drinks and canapés on the restaurant's roof terrace. 

We were given champagne on arrival (it's a champagne terrace after all 🥂) while we chatted in the evening sunshine. The terrace itself has a London rooftop feel with plenty of seating, canopies and a central bar. 

It was nice to see that the menu focused on high-quality British ingredients, featuring Somerset chicken and beef. The canapés were a great way to sample the new dishes!

We started with the Dill Aur Sarson Ki Jheenga aka king prawns. They were marinated in yoghurt, fresh green chillies, dill and wholegrain mustard, before they were cooked in the tandoor. It was served with an orange, apple and grapefruit salsa. The prawns were juicy and full of flavour, and the salsa was light and fresh, complementing it nicely.

We also loved the paneer tikka aka Indian cottage cheese marinated with green chilli, cardamom and cumin, stuffed with homemade fig chutney and mint chutney. This was definitely one fo the halloumi fans. The cheese was mild and one of our favourite dishes - the chutney was great with it. 

The spinach tikki was another flavoursome dish. The dumpling-like spinach bites were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. 

The shami kebab aka spiced sweet potato patties with ginger and sautéed peppers served with green coriander chutney. These were a little too spicy for our taste. 

We had some more champagne... and sampled some more dishes.

The samples of the main curry dishes were fantastic, although a bit difficult to eat in canapé form! 

The Kashmiri rogan josh was a great mild alternative to creamier curries. It was cubes of Welsh lamb slowly cooked in Kashmiri chilli caramelised onion, tomato and aromatic spices.

The Chicken Tikka Makhani was rich, buttery and our favourite of the two. It was Somerset tandoori chicken tikka simmered in a tangy tomato Jahu and fenugreek sauce, with butter, cream and a dash of honey. I guess that explained the rich, buttery texture 😉. 

Given the location of the restaurant on Lower Bristol Road, we were impressed with the built-up borders and foliage around the edges of the rooftop. This, along with the buzz of conversation and background music, meant that we completely forgot we were tucked only metres away from one of Bath's busiest roads. 

We really enjoyed our evening on the terrace, and as twilight turned into sunset, the heated canopies and snuggly blankets were warmly welcomed.  

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to this menu tasting on a complimentary basis. All opinions expressed herein are our own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.