A Night of Bombay Feasting: The Mint Room's Supper Club, Bath

The Mint Room is a firm favourite in Bath and Bristol for Indian dining with flair, providing a modern dining experience which is complemented by both traditional Indian dishes and those with a thoughtful modern twist (click here 👈🏼 to read our coverage of their new menu in Bath and click here 👈🏼 for a review of their Bristol restaurant).

We, therefore, were delighted to be invited to sample a new component of their offering: supper club dinner events. We were invited to a Night of Bombay Feasting at the Mint Room in Bath; promising Bombay cuisine with a unique modern twist. Saurav Nath was the award-winning guest chef responsible for the evening and has an impressive background, bringing Michelin-starred experience from restaurants such as Benares and Gymkhana to the table.

The event was coordinated by prominent food & hospitality consultant Humayun Hussain, who has worked as a journalist, on Television shows and as an AA Restaurant guide inspector. It’s safe to say we were in good hands!

Arriving at the Mint Room, we were greeted by the enthusiastic team. The place was packed, the atmosphere was buzzing and we were directed straight to the bar for drinks. The barman, Louis, was on hand to help with suggestions – he was clearly in control despite the endless stream of drinks orders coming through. 

We went for a Tandoor Mojito and an Apple mocktail. Both packed a punch – the mojito was super strong (as they should be!) and the mocktail was also tasty but a bit on the sweet side.

As we sat down with our drinks, we were amazed at how busy the restaurant was. Groups were seated individually, rather than at shared tables, and conversation was flowing – providing a far more energetic atmosphere than a usual weeknight dinner out. The glittery walls and modern features are finished with low lighting and candles, which created a lovely warm setting while the rain lashed down outside.

After a brief introduction from our hosts, the five-course feast began with amuse-bouche in the form of “Dahi Batata Puri” – small crispbreads topped with potato, salsa and a cascade of sauce. Our verdict was that they were fantastic finger-food that tasted meaty despite containing none. The combination of mango jelly, passion fruit chutney and sweet yoghurt all within a bite-sized mouthful was delicious.

The starters followed, we began with Bombay Chicken which was wonderfully moist and was accompanied by some interesting, well-matched components including quails eggs (perfectly soft in the middle) and a mixed vegetable “upama” – comparable in flavour to a well-seasoned mashed potato (but far more exciting) and loaded with vegetables.

Onto the fish course and we were very impressed. “Malvani Masa” - seabass with crispy skin on a bed of salad – no ordinary salad, however. It was comprised of smoked onion and crab and was delicate and unusual. The seabass was served with a chilli & pepper fish sauce and potatoes, finished with a hint of dill. These elements were so intricately complementary to one and other – this was one of our favourite dishes.

The main - Kolhapuri Lamb Rump was executed perfectly and presented beautifully, soft and pink and served on a gentle spinach puree. More astonishingly thought-out components of burnt shallot, peanut and coconut gel, the Kolhapuri Curry Sauce and chutney all contributed to this fantastic main course. Accompaniments included light, fresh naan breads, subtly spiced Masala rice, rich and flavoursome Green Moong Dal (another highlight of the meal) and Spinach Aloo Anardana – potatoes with spinach and spices.

The evening was finished with the dessert of Beetroot and Coconut Halwa – a rich and distinctive cakey pudding comprising beetroot and coconut, meringue, beetroot jelly, beetroot soil and cardamom kulfi. It reminded us of carrot cake; rich with sweet vegetables and balanced well by the coconut flavours. Kulfi is something of an Indian take on ice cream, but far denser and creamier. It was gently infused with flavour and was a welcome companion to the beetroot and coconut.

The event was a resounding success and very reasonably priced at just £35 a head for five courses. For a special occasion or just to satisfy that foodie fix, these supper clubs offer a wonderful opportunity to try new foods. More are on the horizon, the next on 21st October in Bristol and more before Christmas.

Additionally, Bandook, a new restaurant from the same team behind the Mint Room, has opened in the trendy Wapping Wharf of Bristol’s Harbourside, and is soon coming to Bath! – keep your eyes peeled for their Indian Street food delights which are coming to Milsom Place soon. We will keep you updated!

🤵🏻 Service for the evening was faultless – water was topped up without asking, more drinks offered and tables were swiftly wiped clean between courses. There was a noticeable pause between the serving of each course, perhaps a deliberate choice by our hosts, given the number of dishes to be consumed. This was well-received and provided time to reflect on each dish as well enjoy an array of food without feeling impossibly full by the end of the feast.

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