There’s no denying that Cape Town has the worst traffic in South Africa. To avoid spending hours on the N1 or N2, Capetonians often seek out innovative ways to while away the time. An early supper or drinks is the best solution. If you’re on the lookout for restaurants to add to your list, Mint at The Taj Hotel in St George’s Square has specials for almost every night of the working week.

After a recent refurbishment, Mint is looking more glamorous than ever. The terrace has undergone an extensive makeover and leads into the mall walkway. On the inside, there is plenty of seating, light, wooded furniture and unique light fixtures. The restaurant definitely has a more airy feel to it. The light colours with accents of lime green are refreshing. A wine rack mounted on the wall displays hundreds of fine vintages, and an open -plan kitchen gives you an insight into your food preparation.

The massive wine rack has hundreds of options.

If you’re looking to celebrate a work accolade or a night out with friends, the second floor has a cosy section that you can book out for privacy. The area overlooks the mall and has floor-to-ceiling windows which invite the greenery onto your dinner table.

Back to getting out of the traffic by means of the specials…

The sushi platter is freshly prepared and makes for a great starter to share if you are peckish. At R195pp, with a glass of wine, it will cure your craving for good sushi and leave you thoroughly satisfied.

The sushi platter.

If you’re on a first date, and looking to break the ice, then I would recommend ordering the tandoori for two. It comes to your table in a quaint copper tandoori pot, with coals still burning underneath. There are three types of meat slow cooking in the pot and the decision of how you want them prepared is all yours. All I am saying is, if your date wants their steak well done, it’s time to swipe left and move on.

Tandoori for two, the perfect first-date meal.

The prawns, pork and beef cubes are lightly seasoned and served with two side salads. It is a conversational meal; between figuring out what you are doing and timing your meat perfectly, there is much you learn about the person you’re sharing it with.

The complete new Mint Menu has been carefully thought out with the patron in mind. There are Cape Town specialities like the gatsby, West Coast mussels and a seafood platter. There are comfort meals and even a section filled with options from various Taj Hotels around the world.

See the full menu here.

Desserts include baked Oreo cheesecake, chocolate fondant and even a brioche banana bread pudding – all priced at R69.

Because of the ideal location, in the heart of the CBD, a walk for many from their office block, it makes for a great beat-the-traffic plan and won’t hurt your pocket either. Is there really a toss-up between spending the same money on petrol vs on a meal at a relaxing restaurant? We didn’t think so.

Contact: 021 819 2000
Address: Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre
Website: Mint Restaurant

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Article written by

Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 19 years of journalism experience. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.