This past weekend saw the launch of Mint Leaf Lounge a charming and elegant restaurant specialising in modern Indian cuisine in the quaint area of Mawson Lakes.
Located on Mawson Boulevard, Mint Leaf Lounge offers a stylishly spacious dining area and functions room where you can wine and dine whilst enjoying picturesque lakeside views.
After longing for the taste of genuine North Indian food, owners Priyank and Rajeev created Mint Leaf Lounge to cater for the tastebuds of many like-minded others who also missed the cuisine.
To welcome their arrival onto the foodie scene, we were invited to an intimate lunch spent sampling several cocktails, entrees, mains and a decadent dessert from their authentic Indian menu.
The waiting staff provided excellent service throughout the afternoon, offering in-depth explanations of the cooking methods and the ingredients that went into each dish.
As an appetiser, arriving atop a wooden paddle board was a basket of intricately patterned and colourful snack-sized poppadoms along with three different dipping sauces.
To quench your thirst, Mint Leaf Lounge have an extensive drinks menu consisting of local white, red, sparkling and premium wines, as well as rosé, moscato, port and dessert wines.
Our golden rule is it’s never too early for cocktails, so we decided to order the Pina Colada and a Chai Martini to pair with our Indian feast.
Blended or shaken with ice and uniquely presented in a traditional milkshake glass, The Pina Colada was the perfect sip for summer, made with rum, a choice of coconut cream or milk and pineapple juice.
More than just your average Espresso Martini, the Chai Martini combined notes of Masala chai tea and nutmeg with vodka and liqueur to create a spiced chai-based beverage that stirs your senses.
Served with a bed of capsicum, cabbage and carrot salad with a mild Rogan Josh dipping sauce on the side, we were treated to a generous serving of Maharaja Raan, which was an entire leg of lamb slow-cooked for six hours to be impeccably tender and succulent.
With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options also available on their menu, we were also served Gobi Manchurian – a meat-free dish consisting of cauliflower and capsicum coated in a sweet sauce, topped with spring onion and cradled in a large lettuce leaf.
Other light entrees included beer-battered fries, vegetable mix, assortment of plain and garlic naan breads, and the portobello mushroom salad with cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, and a mixed green salad.
The banquet continued with a variety of curries being served in traditional copper Balti dishes as our mains, paired with plenty of aromatic yellow jasmine rice.
These colourful curries included classic Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer steeped in a vibrant green sauce with spinach and cottage cheese, and a sweet barramundi seafood curry called Barra Mandrus.
Balancing out the several savoury dishes was a traditional Pistachio Kulfi for dessert. This marvellous creation consisted of a scoop of kulfi, an Indian-style ice-cream made with frozen milk, nuts and saffron with a chocolate wafer stick balancing on top. Sitting on a drizzle of raspberry coulis was a dome of raspberry jelly, topped with a dash of cream, fresh blueberries and a slice of strawberry.
For those wanting a sweet non-alcoholic beverage, the Mango Lassi was the perfect mix between a fruit smoothie and a milkshake, made from flavoursome mango and fresh yoghurt.
With a menu combining modern and traditional Indian spices, meats and curries, Mint Leaf Lounge is the ultimate destination to experience bona fide Indian aromas and tastes
Mint Leaf Lounge is open Monday and Tuesday for dinner from 5pm – 9:30pm, and Wednesday to Sunday for lunch between 12pm – 2:30pm or dinner from 5pm – 9:30pm.
Words by Tayla Giles
WHERE: Shop 6, 121-131 Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes