Mint Leaf is a brand new store that has just opened on Gawler Place. It’s so new that some parts of the store haven’t been completely renovated. Specialising in Vietnamese cuisine, this contemporarily decorated store seats about 50 people. The menu is not that extensive, however, I see this as a good thing as the focus should be on quality rather than quantity. Napkins, cutlery and sauces are located beside the counter and it’s up to you to help yourself.
Today, I ordered their Beef Noodle Soup. The meal was ready 15 minutes after ordering and all meals arrived at the same time. The dish was nicely presented in a uniquely shaped bowl. Some of the trimmings, such as the bean sprouts, were provided on the side, while the coriander, onion and spring onion were added for you in the dish. I did note the absence of mint and basil. The meat was raw and lean and there was a reasonable amount provided. The broth was hot enough to cook the meat which is just the way it should be. While the broth was the right temperature, it did taste kind of sweet. I suspect someone went a little overboard with the sugar when preparing it. The noodles were perfectly cooked, however the broth to noodle ratio was a bit one sided.
My friend ordered a serving of Spring Rolls which she wasn’t able to finish. I don’t like to see food wasted so I gladly came to the rescue. The Spring Rolls were of a decent size and had a nice crunchy coating. They were piping hot at the time of serving, so everything here is made to order. The carrot and cabbage filling were well flavoured and perfectly cooked. You still had that crunchy texture with every bite. I felt the Spring Rolls could have been placed on paper towels to absorb the oil because my finger tips were way too oily after eating these.
The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. Our plates were cleared as soon as we finished, and the staff here did it with a smile. They currently have opening lunch specials on at the moment, so my lunch was a bit cheaper than what it should be. But looking at the normal pricing, I would say their price point is slightly higher than their Chinatown competitors. The atmosphere was relaxed and the dining experience was rather pleasant. As with all new stores, they’re probably still settling in at the moment, but I felt my Beef Noodle Soup was a bit of a let down.
WHERE: 92 Gawler Place, Adelaide