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Mint Bistro, Manchester, NH?

edinaeats May 26, 2009 07:43 AM

Has this new bistro in the former Baldwin's/ Ciao Baby space opened? Anyone have details?

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    hbryan3 May 27, 2009 03:53 PM

    Not yet, be on the lookout in the next week or so

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      loungelizard79 May 31, 2009 11:38 AM

      i hear that grand opening will be June 12th 2009. Also, as well as good food and drinks, the new Mint Bistro will also be having a DJ spinning relaxing, down tempo ambient background music during dinner times and more upbeat stuff during it's lounge times at the end of the night.

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        cpa Jun 20, 2009 03:12 PM

        Ate lunch there this week. Had the burger which was really delicious. Came with fresh cut hand fries. Small plate of bread came out beforehand with 3 different toppings - a hummus, olive tapenade, and tomato relish. All very good. Menu looked really interesting for lunch, I'm interested to try back for dinner.

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          gryphonskeeper Jun 21, 2009 08:30 PM

          I can't wait to try them when I get back from vacation. I come home July 3rd. How was the service? Do they have a bread basket?

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          snl1129 Jun 24, 2009 02:47 PM

          A couple of the physicians at our hospital have eaten dinner there and really loved it...don't know the whole details yet, but will report back after we make a dinner visit and talk to the docs.

          1. whs Jul 20, 2009 06:16 AM

            The place was jammed Saturday night with a very lively crowd--noise level was ear-splitting but we got a booth in the back where it was a little quieter. Maitre'd introduced himself on the way in--a nice touch. Very friendly service. Good cocktails--my martini was perfect. The hummus, olive tapenade and tomato spreads offered with the bread was very good. "Scallop BLT" was a big hit as well as the limoncello mussels--others loved their coriander duck breast and filet mignon. Coconut pineapple torte--wow. All round, a very pleasant evening, and a terrific addition to the Manchester restaurant scene. It's probably quieter during the week, if you want to have an intimate conversation!

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              whs Jul 27, 2009 02:54 PM

              We went back last night-totally different atmosphere on a Sunday, serene, elegant. I rec'd the scallop BLT to other dinner guests who loved it. Tried the sweet and spicy beef app, which clearly borrowed from Asian themes--the roasted peanuts were a nice touch and it was delicious. Raves for the Steak Frites and the Statler Chicken with truffled mashed. I got a duck confit salad for my main--beautifully composed, with halved grapes and little slices of pear and a nice vinaigrette. The person who I thought was the maitre d' is named Chris and he is one of the owners. Very charming--let him tell you how they arrived at the name of the restaurant. For a young guy, he has a long history with restos in the Nashua/Manch area.

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                juliemaeboyle Aug 29, 2009 10:30 AM

                Is there finally a place that can compare to Baldwins? I think so! We went last night and had a wonderful experience. Started with pototo croquettes, absolutely divine. I had a special appetizer, a half avacado stuffed with shrimp cevice, served with corn salad an an asian inspired sweet/spicy vinagarette. It was wonderful.

                DH and I both had the steak frites, it was AWESOME! Beautiful fries, perfectly cooked hangar steak (my fave) and the truffle butter was a fantastic touch.

                Also made great cocktails. If you liked Baldwins, go here, you'll love it!

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                  whs Nov 4, 2009 02:43 PM

                  We went to the tapas/Spanish wines tasting dinner last night. The food was spot-on. 1st: Manchego cheese, marinated olives, very citrusy, and garlic toast. 2nd: pan fried chorizo in a red wine reduction. 3rd: a big saffron scallop over wilted baby spinach. 4th: smoked marinated beef tenderloin with a roasted pumpkin mole sauce. Dessert: orange infused caramel custard with a cinnamon tuile. Marvelous wines with each course, all reds. We found out about it last minute thru friends, the owners need to do a better job publicizing these events. There was nothing on the website, just a Facebook posting. The host, (not Chris) seemed a little befuddled by the event, maybe it was put together last minute? One complaint--they've removed the banquettes in the back by the kitchen and replaced them with regular tables. I used to love lounging in them. The lighting back there is way too bright, bring it down a notch please.

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