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“Sruthy”
Review of Mint & Mustard

Mint & Mustard
Ranked #97 of 1,276 Restaurants in Cardiff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Redefining Indian cuisine, Mint & Mustard serves traditional flavours with a clean-cut, contemporary edge. Winner of a prestigious Bib Gourmand, fresh and adventurous dishes are showcased on the menu with impeccable presentation, with dishes like slow braised lamb with shallots and curry leaves, or orange-scented king prawns with special spices. As well as a glittering reputation across South Wales, Mint & Mustard was named Best Restaurant in the region in the prestigious Echo Awards, with Head Chef Sid Rathore named winner of the South Asian Chef competition.
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Had dinner with my friend and finally felt like having dinner at home.The atmosphere and the service is excellent and more over the food is delicious.

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1  Thank Sruthy1305
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

My partner and I had Valentine dinner at the Mint and Mustard in Cardiff. This was not our first visit, having experienced both the restaurant and take away menus in the past. We were not disappointed and the food and service were, as usual, excellent. It was a set menu, which we were not aware of beforehand and only realised when our starters were delivered to our table without ordering! Nonetheless the whole meal was delicious, with one tiny exception. Part of the dessert was a strawberry, billed as “Strawberry Caramel”. Simply awful. Whilst it had the look of a fresh strawberry, the texture of the fruit could best be described as tinned or defrosted frozen. It was the one tiny flaw in an otherwise perfect meal and will not discourage us from returning for another visit.

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Thank Zymology
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

A very disappointing dining experience for both my husband and I. Our romantic evening started in the back room dining room which lacked atmosphere as it looked out onto a rather grainy whitewashed wall - hardly a room with a view of any sort whatsoever. We were not asked if we wanted to be seated in the main dining area even though there were a number of empty seats available when we entered and also when we left.
We booked a special taster menu to celebrate Valentines day. We certainly will not be returning to this restaurant as the food was very poor quality and totally uninspiring.
Our evening started with a warm appetiser- this was nothing more than a shot glass of lamb gravy ! The barberry duck was nothing more than a miniature duck burger. The Guinea fowl for main course was very dry and you couldn't find the meat for the bone. It didn't get any better even though we were willing a great dining experience to occur. The beef curry was - well beef curry - perfectly acceptable but a minuscule portion for two people which was accompanied by an over sweet pineapple dish and rice, all topped off with a soggy strawberry form a tin, some condensed milk tinted pink and a perfectly acceptable chocolate shot- HM , yummy not!!! All for £39.99 pp excluding the poppadum appetisers ( for an additional charge)- which were the best part of the meal. The Pinot Grigio was a great palette cleanser !!! Believe me we needed it to make the evening bearable. The £120 bill was the final insult to our romantic evening- a total rip off and very poor value for sub a standard dining experience!!!

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3  Thank Elaine R
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Had the tasting menu with wine flights and it was fabulous. Beautiful crab, tasty chicken, crispy sea bass and divine olan, it was a veritable feast. The wine selections worked perfectly, including the Indian one. I barely had room for dessert but managed and the tandoori pineapple was particularly intriguing. The staff were attentive but not ingratiating and the restaurant well deserves its reputation. We went on a Sunday, when it wasn't so busy, so maybe the service was more personalised.

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Thank HungryHippo14
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Context: evening meal with my partner. The restaurant was busy but by no means full.

Things started off OK. Starters were very good: we both had the Crab (three variations on the main ingredient). Soft-shell crab was delicious; crab salad and crab cake both tasty.

We then had to wait the best part of an hour for our main courses to arrive. Despite good conversation this is just too long.

My partner had the "signature" Pan-Seared Sea Bass dish, which she said was very good, the fish cooked "to perfection".
I had the Mint & Mustard Special Tiger Prawns Curry (with some steamed Basmati rice as an extra), allegedly "Chef Nair's own creation developed over an experience of 25 years in Indian cuisine" (sic). Imagine this: a bowl of tomato passata with some spices added and with five large prawns swimming in it. The prawns were well-cooked and tender, but the curry sauce was JUST AWFUL, completely lacking in texture and interest, spicy yet incredibly bland at the same time. Really: if Chef Nair has spent 25 years developing this one can only conclude he's utterly wasted his time... Embarrassingly bad.

We also ordered a fig and coriander naan. Sounds great, but it was completely ruined by being smothered in butter. Disgusting!

After another 15 minutes sitting in front of dirty plates we abandoned ship. Despite their being some delightful-looking items on the menu it was obvious that ordering dessert and waiting for it to arrive would take up the next millenium at least, so we beat a hasty retreat. The two courses (with a large bottle of sparkling water and a small beer) came to just over £60, so the restaurant is by no means cheap.

Another annoying point: whenever the staff bring you your order they go into a spiel about what each element is and what the ingredients are, in a completely congratulatory and boastful way: "hey, look how great we are!" Patronising and insulting...

To sum up: Mint & Mustard is a nice idea, but the whole experience is one of style over substance. They're so enamoured with their own fabulousness they've forgotten some very basic things: the overall impression is that they mainly work very hard at being *self-serving* rather than focusing on their customers.

Thinking about it now, this actually one of the worst experiences eating out I've ever had: naff food, slow service, expensive, and with a bilious layer of arrogance to swallow as well. I won't be going back, obviously.

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