The Mint is located on Douglas Street, but can be easily missed as it is a few steps below street level, but does not have a basement dingy feel to it. The Mint is a dining lounge with a menu that brings together contemporary West Coast and South Asian feel and atmosphere. It was first opened in 2002, and they recently extended their hours to include the lunch crowd.
We went there recently on a Friday night for a get together with some friends. If you’re going down with a larger group, like most places we recommend you make a reservation beforehand. Also be sure to look at your bill, because with larger groups a 15% gratuity is automatically added, so you don’t want to be paying twice on the tip (unless the service was outstanding, then go ahead!). Since we were there later in the evening and had actually already had dinner, I decided to have the Pesto Naan Pizza from the appetizer menu, which has basil almond pesto, red onion, tomato, spinach, feta, mozzarella and parmesan ($8.75). It arrived at the table about 10 minutes later, and even in the low light setting of the restaurant, I could tell that it was burnt and overcooked. As you can see from the photo, the toppings weren’t too badly burnt, but the naan base was so hard it took some work to cut through it, even with a steak knife. If it wasn’t burnt to a crisp, I probably would have enjoyed it, but the rock hard and burnt to a crisp taste wasn’t what I was hoping for. One other person at our table ordered the same thing, and it was also slightly over cooked, but not as bad as mine.
While I realise we were there on a Friday night, the music that was being played by the live DJ was extremely loud – so loud that it was tough having a conversation with someone on the opposite side of the table. I know what kind of atmosphere they were trying to create, but the music was just too loud to be enjoyable.
I’d be willing to give The Mint another try, but they’ll have to really impress me the next time around to make me a repeat customer – which based on what I’ve read and heard from others, could be possible. Have you eaten at The Mint? How was your experience?
1414 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W