Set on the 15th floor in the South Tower of the Emirates Financial Towers in DIFC, Mint Leaf of London boasts spectacular sights over the Dubai skyline and has a prime view of the Burj Khalifa through huge ceiling-to-floor windows.
The décor, in keeping with the food, is contemporary. It may be a curry house, but it is a curry house with lofty ambitions. Presentation of dishes is a notch above most Indian restaurants, and the monochrome, minimalist interiors offer a cool place to spend an afternoon.
We’re seated in the lounge, which is more relaxed than the main dining room. The comfy seats and oversized cushions put us in a laidback mood, something the waiting staff and kitchen seem to be suffering from, too, such is the pace of service.
The brunch comprises a six-course menu that is served to your table. Despite sounding overwhelming, portion sizes are small and prettily-presented. You're free to order more throughout, but it’s not a brunch you’re likely to gorge yourself silly at.
The first two courses are the brunch highlights, with a masala chana chaat – spiced chickpeas with tamarind chutney – that is equal parts fresh, light and tangy, and tandoori-roasted broccoli with saffron cream cheese. An unusual combination, but one that really works and is smooth and tasty. The chicken tikka is decent, too.
Mains are delicately served in small silver dishes, with sides of saffron rice and a bread basket. All are flavoursome, but the moreish spicy paneer curry is a perfect veggie option.
Finally desserts arrive, taking the form of petite, neat rows of afternoon-tea style treats, which come on a slate board that looks almost canapé-esque.
The experience is let down by the service, though. Staff try hard, but are slightly flustered, and food and drinks are not forthcoming. We’re all for leisurely brunches, but when it’s a set menu being served, these wait times are slightly baffling.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs320 (house beverages), Dhs370 (bubbly). A la carte. Fri-Sat 1pm-4.30pm. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
The Bottom Line
Tasty food and great views, bring visitors (and your patience).