We didn’t accomplish much this past weekend accept visit my dad, who is happily recuperating successfully at home, and check out Peppermint for an early dinner. And even though we ate early, around 6 p.m., the place was pretty crowded. Apparently we weren’t the only ones happy to have Mint’s second location finally open on Lander Circle.
Peppermint’s decor is pretty simple – clean and basic. It sort of reminds me of Phnom Penh (the W 25th location) – no frills, but still nice. The service was good, too. A little slow on the water refills, and apparently clueless about the wine list, but otherwise quick and friendly and the food was delivered fast – maybe even too fast.
For an appetizer, we split the shumai. These tater tot-looking mini dumplings were fried with shrimp and vegetables and served with ginger soy sauce. Although quite tasty, they were a bit on the small side – even for an appetizer. For one person it would be ideal, but since we usually split an appetizer we’ll try something different next time.
For dinner, we both had the Pad Thai, although Jamie went with the spicier country style version. Part of me didn’t want to order this and try something new, like the tamarind duck or scallop eggplant. But it’s been a while since I’ve had my favorite comfort food and couldn’t resist. After one bite I was sold – it’s just as good as I remember (maybe even better since it’s so close to home!). To me, this is the best Pad Thai in town, although Lemon Grass is a close second and I do enjoy Phnom Penh’s non-traditional version.
Overall, everything was delicious. And from the looks of the happy customers around us, they were just as happy. Welcome to the neighborhood, Peppermint. We’ll be regulars for sure.
Peppermint: 216 464 5432