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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Mint Restaurant Review: This plush, contemporary dining room occupies space in an old bank building. On the mezzanine, the restaurant’s glittering bar, the Exchange, appears to float above diners. The architecture, décor, and artfully arranged plates add up to a feast for the eye, but as for the palate, chef Chris Hylton’s style veers away from the restaurant's original molecular gastronomy. Gone are the gels and sous-vides that mystified many traditionally minded diners. Instead, there is now a more conservative, yet still creative, international menu based on the best produce and meats available. Seared foie gras with tomato confit, escargots with garlic-thyme butter, and the house specialty, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, are staples on the small-plate menu. Seasonal entrées may include herb-crusted rack of lamb and roasted flounder with mushroom risotto. Save room for vanilla cheesecake with raspberry sauce or carrot hazelnut cake with pear sorbet. A three-course prix-fixe dinner is The Mint’s best bargain at $35. The extensive wine list offers fine bottles from around the globe with special emphasis on hard-to-find bubblies.