I went to the Mint with my partner to celebrate his graduation, and I feel terrible that I took him to such an awful restaurant. We were both pretty pumped when we arrived at the place - it's underground on Douglas St., and had nice ambience - all brick walls, candlelight, and weird soldered sculptures on the walls. The staff was terribly, terribly hip (in the intimidating sort of way) and fairly attentive, although we had to wait a while for our server to notice that we were ready to order. I started off with a coffee, which was quite good, but everything sort of went downhill from there. Being students, we usually just pick one thing off the menu, as neither of us has the $$$$ to go for appies or anything like that. My partner had the Buttered Chicken Curry, and I had the Roasted Almond and Cashew Pesto. One thing that I really liked about their menu was that they had a decent selection of vegan meals.
Anyhow, onto the meals - my partner didn't say much about his, other than it was not impressive, but mine I was particularly disappointed with. Despite the title of the dish, there were no almonds to be found (and I looked very hard), and the cashews were all burned beyond recognition and flavour. The pesto was weak, at best, and far more oily than anything else. Also, the sourdough bread that came with my meal was burned.
We didn't bother attempting dessert, as we were too put off by our dinners, so the bill altogether was only $24 - really decent, but I wouldn't have minded spending more to get good food.