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Restaurant review: The Mint Room, Bath

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The ubiquitous tasting menu takes a whole new direction – east, in short – at Bath’s incredible fine-dining Indian restaurant, says Rosanna Rothery

The Mint Room Bath

Forget brassy balti house, this glitzy-yet-stylish restaurant is where head chef Soyful Alom turns local ingredients into modern Indian classics, which has earned the restaurant a Michelin mention.

VISIT FOR a menu exploding with exciting and ebullient flavours, marrying traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine. The Tour Of India occasional tasting menu is a culinary journey you simply must embark upon, taking in everything from the rich tomato and lamb-based dishes of the north, to the coconut milk and mustard seed flavoured seafood of the south.

A pre-starter collection of exquisite street food, including a knock-out pani puri, prepares you for the thrilling possibility of complementary sour, tangy, spicy and sweet sensations in a single mouthful.

DON’T VISIT for a vindaloo and a pint.

WE LIKED the exotic twist on local ingredients. Wiltshire lamb cutlets are lent a rich deep fiery flavour with Kashmiri chillies in a memorably moreish laal mass curry. While Creedy Carver duck becomes breathtakingly tender when marinated in spices and served in a creamy coconut and cashew sauce.

INSIDER’S TIP You may not associate wine with Indian food, yet manager Moe Rahman and his front-of-house team are happy to match wines to the intensity of fl avour and heat levels of the dishes for you.

What we ate (Tour of India tasting menu)

Street food Pani puri, bhel puri, aloo papadi chaat
Start Punjabi grilled chops, aloo tikki
Main Keralan sea bass moilee, lamb dum biryani, Dehli chicken makhani, Bengali tawa duck, lamb laal mass
Dessert Saffron, cardamom and pistachio kulfi with roast almond crunch

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