Mint Leaf of London Dubai: Is this Dubai’s best fine dining Indian gem?

As the name suggests, Mint Leaf of London Dubai hails from the UK capital. Join The Huntr as we explore what might be Dubai’s best fine dining Indian gem all the way from the Big Smoke…

Complete with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road, Mint Leaf of London Dubai really has the ‘wow factor’. Divided between the main dining area, a lounge area, private dining room, open kitchen, licensed bar and terrace, the restaurant is expansive and yet feels cosy enough to take a romantic date or an important client. The epic views will also impress out-of-towners.

The Huntr visited for a weekend lunch – which is a quieter time for Mint Leaf, as the cuisine and vibes are perfect for dinners after sunset. We started our culinary journey with a complimentary amuse bouche of watermelon crackers with masala cheese and candy pops served on dry ice, which was lovely and theatrical. We then ordered a range of delicious appetisers.  The Spinach Tempura with Mango Compote (65AED), which is a unique fusion of Japanese tempura and Indian chaat and features delicious crunchy and creamy textures and flavours. The Lamb Adana Kebab with Mint Chutney (120AED), a delicious fusion of Turkish kebabs and Indian tandoori skewers, and the Grilled Lamb Chops with Desi Chutney (160AED), which were wonderfully tender. Lastly, the juicy and sweet Lemon Prawns with Saffron Aioli (155AED).

Onto the main event and we naturally could not ignore the Butter Chicken, Kansoori Methi Lavash (150AED), creamy, velvety and faultless – do not miss it. The Grilled Black Cod, Lemon Lemon Koshihikari Rice (190AED), was also delicious and comprised a creamy coconut sauce and a briny, moist fish. Plus the palette-cleansing Black Quinoa & Wasabi Raita (35AED) and the comforting Dal Makhani with Homemade butter (60AED). Clearly we had to accompany these dishes with Mint Leaf’s divine house-made breads and we opted for the Aloo Kulcha (35AED) and the Chilli Garlic Naan (30AED), which did not disappoint.

To end one of the most satisfying Indian fine dining experiences we’ve had of late on a sweet note we shared two desserts, which were wonderful and had just the right balance of sweetness – the Lotus Mess with Wild Berries (75AED) and the Rasmalai with Soan Papdi Foam (75AED).

Drinks-wise, Mint Leaf is fully licensed and offers a wide variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The Huntr tried and loved two mocktails – The Guardian and the Sparkling Julep.

Insider tips: Open daily from 12noon. Closes at 2am Thursday, Friday and Monday (Ladies Night) and 1am the rest of the week. The bar is the only smoking area, the rest of the space is non-smoking.

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