Mint Restaurant & Terrace at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town
I love surprises. Well, the good kind at least. And being surprised by great food in a beautiful location must surely rank among my highest joys. Yes, perhaps I’m slightly addicted to food. No, I’m not ashamed to admit it. And my love of opulence is certainly balanced by a joy of the simple, as I’m sitting here drinking instant coffee and munching dry corn crackers. But when choosing restaurants, I like the good stuff.
So I was only too ecstatic to visit Mint Restaurant & Terrace at the Taj Hotel in the Cape Town CBD. Mint is one of those spots that I’ve kinda seen around forever but never really ventured in. St. George’s Mall, unfortunately, isn’t my favourite area to traverse, but luckily the Taj Hotel makes up for all of that, and the second you enter their doors, you’re enveloped with love and class, stepping away from Cape Town into a magical realm of luxury.
The Mint Restaurant & Terrace Space
But being me, I didn’t actually know you could enter Mint from the Taj Hotel, and I took the back (front? outside?) entrance from St George’s Mall, and then walked towards the front of the hotel. But sneaky entrances gave me the chance to catch the team by surprise, and I’m happy to report that the hospitality was instantly excellent – even the gentleman cleaning the upstairs section of the restaurant tried to show us to the best table, and waiters, managers, and chefs were equally friendly and helpful.
I had never been to Mint or the Taj before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. To be honest, I was thinking sandwiches and salads. I did visit for lunch on a Monday after all. I was certainly not prepared for the extravagant menu. Good surprise right here! But before my sister Sabine and I had a chance to browse through the menu, we started off with a glass of the L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rose, always a firm favourite. And then the long decision-making process began …
Starter Deliciousness: Calamari & Tuna
We did rely on the chef’s recommendations quite heavily. Sabine opted for the Calamari Plancha, served with rocket leaves, confit tomato, garlic, and lemon dressing (R85). I went for the Seared Tuna, served with quinoa tabbouleh, feta, and ginger tomato jam (R110). Seared tuna is always a winner in my book, but it was Sabine’s calamari that won the starter battle – this was absolutely divine, and certainly one of the best calamari dishes Sabine and I have ever had!
Mains: Tandoor Special & Steak
On to the mains. Mint Restaurant & Terrace has a tandoor special (R195 for two) on at the moment that came highly recommended. It’s normally for two, but the restaurant gave me a portion for one as Sabine opted to have a rib-eye steak (R225) instead. The steak was good and delicious, but couldn’t match the dish I had – tandoor chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs served in a copper table-top tandoor with slow-burning coals at the bottom. Next level deliciousness. The meat was perfectly spiced, delicate and soft, and absolutely divine with a gorgeous smokiness.
Dessert: Chocolate Fondant & Fresh Fruit
We were pretty full at this point (the eternal battle in Benikeville), but couldn’t leave without at least trying dessert. Why? Because Mint does what we wish many restaurants would do: A plate of fresh fruit. For those following particular diets, desserts can always be hard to choose. But fresh fruit solves all problems, and is delicious and healthy to boot. Sabine had this. I was a little bit more naughty and had the highly recommended Chocolate Fondant (R69), which was totally worth every calorie.
Visit Mint Restaurant & Terrace at the Taj Hotel
I was genuinely surprised at how amazing Mint Restaurant & Terrace was. It certainly exceeded all of my expectations, and we had the best time. From quality service to amazing dishes and a beautiful interior, this restaurant certainly does have it all. For more information on Mint and how you can visit them, see below.
Mint Restaurant & Terrace the Taj Hotel
Address: Taj Hotel, Wale Street, Cape Town CBD
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday (06:30 – 22:00)
Call: +27 21 819 2000
Article Date: August 2019
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