Address: 579 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
One Saturday evening, we decided to try out one of the many restaurants in Surry Hills without making any reservations. Gotta love this suburb filled with an immense variety of cuisines to choose from. Being a Saturday night, a lot of restaurants were jam packed with people and without reservations, we were told that at least an hour wait is necessary. We walked past Cafe Mint and was attracted by their menu and there was no queue so in we went!
Mezze plate House made hummus, babaganouj & muhammra w’ hot za’atar bread & olives $17.00
As I was quite hungry when we got to the restaurant, I decided to order the mezze plate. The hommus and babaganouj was packed with flavour, especially the babaganouj, the smokiness of the eggplant omg. I did not eat too much of the muhammra as my tummy is not friends with capsicum. The za'atar bread was light and did not fill us up before the mains. The olives, my oh myyy, the marinade was amazing.
Lamb shank Prunes, red wine, cinnamon & bay leaf jus (gf) $26.5
The lamb succulently fell off the bone and I particularly like the crispy tangy apple strips. I like it how the prunes brought in a bit of sweetness to the dish,
|Pan Roasted Kingfish Fillet served on Crispy Potato & Jordanian Tomato, Cucumber and Tahini Salsa $29.50|
To be honest, I think I only like kingfish when it's raw or lightly seared. This kingfish was not overcooked but it leaves an odd texture in your mouth after eating it. The salsa was refreshing and the crispy potato gave the dish an extra crunch.
"WOAH, how on earth are we going to finish this amongst 2 people?" was our first response when the waiter brought us the tasting plate. I wish the waiter would have warned us about the amount of desserts on the plate, but it's all good since we got to try all their desserts.
All their desserts weren't overpowered by their sweetness. I especially liked the chocolate cigars where the dark chocolate mousse was wrapped by a thin pastry. The cheesecake was too rich after such a heavy main but the pomegranate helped to balance it out a bit. The mullhalebia was refreshingly light with the wild berries.
I love the ambience of Cafe Mint and their service was attentive. I would come here again to thoroughly enjoy their desserts with a lighter main dish and perhaps come with more friends!