Time Out Says
Mir Amin has a great atmosphere – the exuberant clientèle chat nineteen to the dozen over outstanding mezze served in portions sufficient for a binge-eating dinosaur. The tabouleh and rocca salad has just the right amount of punchy acidity, the falafel are light and fluffy flavour-packed bundles and the star of the piece – a gorgeous plate full of fatteh comprising mince meat, bread and pine nuts with yoghurt – stole our hearts. The only letdown is the grilled halloumi cheese: the portion we shared was inedibly salty and chewy.
In upsetting contrast to the masterful starters, mains are average at best. With the exception of the chicken kebab, the mixed grill we tried was tasteless and tough. Grilled hammour could have restored our pre-grill spirits but was sadly overcooked and dry.
Wires were crossed with the waitress when we asked her to take the plates and bring us coffee: our table was promptly cleared and moments later coffee arrived with a brown paper bag containing our leftovers for takeaway. Amused but pleased with this determination to give us our money’s worth, we left – still giggling – looking forward to a small repeat of what was in the main a delightful lunch.
By Rob Orchard | 01 Jul 2003
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