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$20 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Mantra on the Hill

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Menu of modernized Indian cuisine includes coconut scallops, masala fries with curry sauce, tandoori duck, and a saffron-risotto dessert

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Indian cuisine spans a range of flavors: from the spicy taste of vindaloo to the mild taste of rice pudding to the supermild taste of a folded napkin you put all the way in your mouth. Taste real Indian food with this Groupon.

$20 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine

The menu includes such starters as coconut scallops ($9), entrees such as kashmiri duck topped with a tandoori apple ($19) and crispy bhindi with okra and curry leaves ($12). The restaurant also serves up a saffron-risotto dessert infused with blood orange ($7), and such late-night eats as masala fries with curry sauce ($6).

Mantra on the Hill

Since his cooking days at his East Hyde Park restaurant, Cumin, Chef Yajan (Yaj) Upadhyaya has been enamored with creating both traditional and new Indian dishes, as highlighted by Polly Campbell for the Cincinnati Enquirer. In his latest culinary venture, Mantra on the Hill, Chef Yaj continues to make authentic Indian food pop by pairing it with his take on other culinary elements such as spicy southern plates and Indochinese dishes. And the Indian cuisine itself derives not from one region of the subcontinent, but many. This melding of old and new, East and West, means during lunch and dinner hours, the head chef seasons chicken and shrimp with traditional Indian spices before baking fresh in the kitchen’s tandoor, which also cooks several vegetarian meals and fresh naan described as "buttery and very pleasant” by CityBeat.

To attract a crowd after most children have gone to bed and most children on the other side of the world have woken up, Chef Yaj also curates a late-night menu. With it, he showcases the same ability to unify disparate inspirations, from masala fries topped with a curry sauce to lamb sliders. And it’s not just food that might draw diners in at the end of a long day—10 signature cocktails quell thirst, and the name of one of them, the New Old Fashioned, perfectly characterizes the restaurant’s theme as a whole. Of course, the staff also pours domestic and imported beer and enough wine to float a cruise ship.

Mantra on the Hill’s decor is as elegant as the food is flavorful. Exposed brick and tan-colored walls create a neutral backdrop to the vibrant artwork displayed on them. On the outdoor patio, string light-festooned trees wrap around umbrella-covered tables—where guests enjoy their meals while listening to live music—and a light-green picket fence provides a winsome bookend to the pastel pink brick that defines the façade of the building.


Reviews

Our server was friendly and helpful, which we appreciated and the menu selection was outstanding.

ABPtraveler, TripAdvisor, 1/5/13

The real star of Mantra is the menu filled with dishes that chef Yaj has created to a close perfection.

Small Girl Adventures, Urbanspoon, 7/9/12

Tips

  • “Park at the monastery. Really pleased with the food and service. ”

  • “We went on a Wednesday evening, so the place wasn't full...maybe 4 - 5 other parties. The food was good. I had the Chicken Tikki Masala and my date had the same, but...”

    “We went on a Wednesday evening, so the place wasn't full...maybe 4 - 5 other parties. The food was good. I had the Chicken Tikki Masala and my date had the same, but with lamb, and also the lamb sish kabob. Everything was good, including the staff. 3.5 stars. ”

  • “The service was prompt; our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and helped us choose an appetizer, entrees, and a side. The food was out of this world! I...”

    “The service was prompt; our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and helped us choose an appetizer, entrees, and a side. The food was out of this world! I love Indian food and I was impressed with the chef's take on Indian fusion. The crispy bhindi reminded me a lot of a dish I had while in Nepal last year. We will definitely be back. The only thing I would improve would be the lighting and the paving on the patio. I was wearing heels and it was difficult to walk on the uneven surface. Once it got dark out the lighting outside was minimal and I went to get up and stepped right in a hole that I didn't see and fell down. I think next time we will sit inside!”

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