Brunches in Dubai are one of the comforts this city offers you. Especially, the fact that if you miss a Friday Brunch, there’s always a Saturday one to make up for it. There are buffet brunches, Drunken brunches, cuisine specific, brunches with a view or just a late breakfast that you want to term as a Brunch.
Mint Leaf of London offers a sit down fine dining Indian brunch with a gorgeous view of the Burj Khalifa & Downtown Dubai.
It was actually the Saturday Brunch search that landed us here & we were so glad we did. The Brunch timings are from 1 -4.30pm, that additional half an hour which allows you to order those 2 extra Mojitos! Big Tick for that.
Ambiance: The place is divided in to 3 sections , the Bar seating as soon as you enter:
the dining area on the right which also has outdoor seating & the lounge on the left where we were booked.
Done in a very modern contemporary way, it is truly a setting for a fine dining experience
Once you have soaked in the view & the setting, time to read the menu & get going with the food.
Service: The Service is very attentive & there is a constant vibe around the place. The servers ensure that you have a relaxed time & that your glass nor your plate reaches the zero mark & is constantly refilled. The menu is explained & begins the waves of platters (meat/veggies/seafood) being presented to you. Definitely a big plus!
It is a sit down menu where you can order as many rounds of the Combos till you raise the white flag & ask for the Mains. The drinks are an ever flowing event through the afternoon.
We started with the Mojitos (Passion Fruit & Strawberry), the Bloody Mary & the Blighty. The Bloody Mary was my pick of the 4 simply because it was the potent one. The other 3 while great in flavor were very weak in the zing!
After a while, we decided to move away from the glasses of crushed ice & sugar to the liquor on offer:
We started with the Vegetarian Platter of Aloo Papdi Chaat, Chana Chaat & the Tandoori Broccoli & Quinoa Seekh Kebab.
The Tandoori Broccoli with cream cheese was quite a different take while the Seekh Kebab was a tad too dry for my liking.
The Meat Appetizers were my favorite. The Murgh ke Sule being my favorite of the 3 whicle the Lamb Seekh could have done with softer meat. Only variation I would have opted for is a cream/malai tikka to change the flavor profile of the plate.
The Seafood Platter offered a unique perspective when Salmon was married with mustard & Hammour got a touch of Indian tandoor marinade. But, what was my pick was the perfectly succulent juicy prawns with a gentle tangy marinade of sun-dried tomatoes.
We decided to take a break before the Mains arrived & were treated to a an array of dishes:
Punjabi Chicken Masala: My pick from the Mains when the chicken was tender & the masala with the right amount of heat & tang.
We quickly realized that we needed to save up for dessert & just sampled the Mains on offer.
The Desserts arrived & the Gulab Jamun with the right amount of sweetness was the standout. The Chocolate Mousse was nowhere close to a Chocolate Mousse & ended up as a huge disappointment!
Although there was nothing wrong with the food, I was a little underwhelmed with the fare coming from the “Mint leaf of London” tag. I expected more creativity in flavors & the only region where the tag shone was in the Appetizers while the Mains & Desserts were pretty basic.
Pricing: 295 per pax is a very good deal for the Brunch with unlimited alcoholic beverages.
Final Verdict: This is a great setting for a weekend brunch with a great view, quick service & a good menu. However, need some novelty in the food while the cocktails need to be pepped up.