Aaah, I just LOVE the St George Mall area in town. It’s got a bit of a New York feel to it, there’s some cool markets, very interesting characters and tons of cute little dining spots.
My friend, Joe, and I headed here over the weekend to go try out a little spot we have both been eyeing out for a while: Mint
I didn’t realise this, but Mint is actually part of the Taj Hotel (the hotel’s main entrance is situated in Wale St). The lounge area for the hotel adjoins the restaurant. Just look how impressive it is:
Mint is housed in the old Reserve Bank building. It has an open-plan show kitchen, a mezzanine level with a celing to floor wine wall and some incredible lights hanging from above, then a lower level where you can do some people watching through the ceiling height glass panes and in summer you can also chill outside under the trees.
Joe, the photographer extraordinaire, took this candid shot of me (have I mentioned that I hate having my picture taken? – that’s why I’m trying to avoid the camera) – but I actually love the light in this one. I decided to make it black & white to add some drama. Been working on my photo editing skills…
Anyhoo, back to the restaurant. The menu has a bit of everything: some yummy breakfast options, baked goodies, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, light meals (like a veggie quiche, line fish & some pasta options), hearty meals (like Karoo lamb chops, “Karan” beef fillet and free range chicken breasts) and of course some dessert treats as well.
I immediately spotted the Mini Bunny Chow filled with Lamb mince & served with Shoestring fries and sambals (R55) and I was sold!
Joe opted for the Chicken Tikka Baguette (R65):
I was really glad that we decided to finally check this place out. It is truly lovely. The food is tasty, the service is good, the decor is fresh & inviting and it’s just such a perfect spot for a nice lazy lunch.
My Miss K Kiss-o-Meter ratings for Mint would be as follows:
As I live just around the corner, I’m sure I’ll be heading back soon again. Especially to soak up some sun during the warmer months.