Hugh Foster and Yoni Kalfus have been weaving a special brand of Middle Eastern magic in their Crown Street bolthole since 2003, garnering a loyal following of fans who like their weekend brunch with a touch of spice. Now, the addition of a liquor license and a recent refurbishment has seen this ever-popular breakfast and lunch spot up the evening appeal.
Individual honey-toned tables, dark wood stools and a chocolate leather banquette replace the once filled-to-bursting bench seating, giving this long, narrow room some much-needed breathing space. Low-slung lighting, pressed-metal panels and a handsome candle-lit bar have all made for a seriously seductive setting.
Kalfus’s menu has had a bit of a touch-up too, with the addition of more bistro-leaning main courses (think braised beef cheek or roast duck with a shaved fennel salad), but it’s his North African and Middle Eastern-style dishes that set this place apart.
In fact, we predict there’d be a bit of a riot if Mint ever stopped sending out the breakfast hummus with fragrant lamb mince and za’atar toast. Other spice-laden staples include the Moroccan chicken skewers, zesty fattoush salad and desserts of Syrian nougat or saffron and sesame halva.