The Mint House is an Indian restaurant in Ross on Wye that opened in November 2021. Since opening, its popularity has soared thanks to their food, service and – something that you don’t see very often from restaurants – their involvement in the community.
For two years in a row now, they’ve hosted a Christmas party at The Larruperz Centre where they supply unlimited food, karaoke, dance floor, Bollywood music and live Indian dancers. All this whilst continuing to serve normally at their restaurant, half a mile away. They’ve also helped out charities, most recently contributing supplies to Warm Welcome’s rough sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness.
I was fortunate to have had a suprise birthday at The Mint House last year with roughly 30 of my friends and family arriving at the same time. To me it sounded like a complete logistical nightmare but Immy and the team were able to pull it off without any complaints.
With over 100 Google reviews with an average rating of 4.6, you can be sure you’ll be in for a treat. The food on offer is extremely good. Each sense is tantalised upon every mouthful and encapsulates everything that a good meal out is all about.
I caught up with the manager Immy and asked him a few questions about The Mint House:
Where does the name ‘The Mint House’ come from?
We thought of the name after we found the building. The building itself looks like a house because of the shape/rooftop style. Additionally, we wanted customers to feel comfortable and safe with our staff – we want them to feel like they are receiving excellent service but as if they are in the comfort of their own home! And of course, everything has to be Mint! The service, the food and not to mention our special secret Mint sauce recipe!
Why did you choose to open in Ross on Wye?
A number of reasons. The beautiful scenery being one. We love that Ross on Wye is a historic town with a rich history and culture. When I was exploring our options and I visited Ross for the first time, I felt a sense of serenity and I felt good vibes from the town. I know I made the right choice because the people of Ross are great.
What has been a highlight for you since opening in Ross on Wye?
The loyalty from customers! The local residents who have supported the business over the last two years and the sense of community and spirit in Ross is amazing. We are approached regularly by charities and schools etc for contributions to raffle prizes and we love helping out where we can. We know a small token is appreciated and it makes a difference to the community. I love to see how the people of Ross get together during difficult times.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day varies massively. I can go from doing admin, to arranging training for staff, to liaising with suppliers, to creating new dishes to working front of house once we’re open in the evening.
Could you talk about the process of creating one of your signature dishes?
All our ideas start on paper after I have had a spark of inspiration or an idea come to me. We then start with a trial and error process in the kitchen with the head chef and see what flavours work well. The final step is naming the dish and adding a description!
What is your favourite dish to prepare?
The dishes which are not ordered as often such as some of our newer dishes like the Chingri Raja or one of the specials like the Bombay Bad Boy. Usually customers go for one of these dishes when they want to step outside their comfort zone and its nice to see them being pleasantly surprised by trying something different.
What advice would you give to aspiring chefs?
Experiment with different flavours and cuisines to find your niche and to discover what you enjoy! You won’t know what you like to prepare/cook/serve until you are willing to explore different types of food. Passion is also important. You need to have a genuine interest and motivation to work in the food industry as it is hard work!