Since 2003, this Crown Street bolthole has attracted a crowd which likes its weekend brunch with a touch of spice. We predict there’d be a bit of a riot if Mint ever stopped sending out its 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.
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.
The room comes into its own at sundown, when the kitchen starts sending out bistro-leaning main courses such as braised beef cheek or roast duck with a shaved fennel salad.