Dinner at The Mint Room, Bristol

The Mint Room is one of Bath and Bristol's favourite Indian restaurants, marrying classic Indian dishes with a modern twist to create a high-end dining experience. The Mint Room's Executive Chef, Saravanan Nambirajan, has a Michelin-rated background which shines through the meals.

The Mint Room has recently rolled out their new menu (click here for coverage of the menu tasting in Bath 👈🏼) and this time we were invited to try it out properly in Bristol! When we entered the restaurant, we were greeted and offered drinks in the light and airy bar area whilst we waited for our table.

The cocktails that we had were some of the best that we had experienced. The barman Alecsander is clearly passionate about mixology and he was really helpful and knowledgeable about all things drinks to help us decide.

We went for a Clover Club which was gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and egg white 🍋. [£9]

This drink was fresh, fruity and on the sweeter side. The egg white gives it a creamy meringue texture.

We also had a Tandoor Mojito which was rum, chilli liqueur, coriander, grapefruit, soda and sugar 🍹. [£8.50]

On paper, this combination might sound a little bit strange but it definitely works! The coriander gives it a savoury taste which is balanced with the sweetness of the rum. It's a great flavour combo.

As we sat down at our table, we were given a range of poppadoms and chutneys. Our personal favourite was the orange one (can't remember the flavours, sorry!) as it had a nice kick to it.

To start, we were recommended the Seafood Platter for two - Scottish Scallops, Crab Vada, King Prawns and Monkfish 🦀🐟. [£26]

Wow! The scallops were melt-in-the-mouth and delicious. The crab was warm, crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The monkfish was tandoor grilled and topped with caviar. It was really meaty and fell apart in the mouth (our favourite kind of texture). The King prawns were equally as succulent with a lot of meat. It's a wonderful starter if you're like us and want to try a bit of everything with someone else.

For our second round of drinks, we both opted for the Bombay Margarita, a cocktail of tequila, chilli liqueur, agave and masala salt. [£9]

We can't rave about the cocktails enough, and this one was definitely our favourite! Not only does it look incredible, but the masala salt around the rim really brings out the sweetness of the drink without it being sickly. This margarita is famous across Bristol and we can easily see why.

As a main, we went for the Lobster Chettinad - lobster meat cooked South Indian style and served with idiyappam 🦞. [£28]

This was recommended to us and the first thing that struck us about it was how beautifully presented it was. Chettinad dishes traditionally use a great variety of spices which made the flavours really complex but delicious. We were also impressed with the amount of lobster meat that was served.

The dish was served with idiyappam, a traditional southern Indian rice noodle. It was something a little bit different, and we loved it.

Although the dish is on the more expensive side, they don't scrimp on the amount of lobster which makes it very much worth it - not to mention the incredible taste.

We also got the Nalli Gosht - Wiltshire lamb shank slow-cooked over six hours with caramelised onion, tomato and yoghurt 🍖🍅. [£19]

This is another popular dish on the menu. Rich and warm in flavour from the spices and the fact that it was slow-cooked on the bone (which is brilliant for drawing out all the flavours), the meat was so tender that it fell off the bone. Once again, we were impressed with the amount of meat and the sheer quality of it.

We also got a couple of side dishes to go with our mains.

Aloo Bhindi - baby potatoes and fried okra, tossed with tomato, onion and ground spices 🥔🍅. [£5.50]

The okra was juicy and there was just the right amount of sauce which was a kind of salsa consistency. It wasn't greasy or oily at all which you would find at some cheaper Indian restaurants. The potatoes were soft and unlike any Bombay potatoes we had had before!

Peshwari naan. [£3.50]

This was delicious, homemade naan bread which was thin and not stodgy in the slightest.

Coconut pilau rice 🍚. [£3.50]

The rice was nice, and the coconut wasn't overpowering.

To finish, we had the coconut pannacotta with passion fruit jelly to share 🍮. [£6.50]

We were so full from the rest of the dishes, but we couldn't resist sharing something. It was the perfect dessert to finish a spice-filled meal. The pannacotta was creamy, sweet and perfectly complemented by the tart passion fruit jelly. Plus, how beautiful is this presentation?!

🌟 Overall, we had a brilliant experience at the Mint Room. The quality and taste of the food is second to none and I think enjoying a speciality cocktail with a curry is the new thing! It has really modern interiors.

🤵🏻 The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the food.

🌿 Lots of veggie options.

💰 £££

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to The Mint Room Bristol on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review to be posted on our social media channels. All opinions expressed herein are our own and have not been influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.