Though scientists have failed to combine butter, classic French cooking, and spicy Indian cuisine into delicious food, the innovative chefs at Mantra have succeeded. Savor their saucy creations with today's Groupon to Mantra Restaurant: $20 gets you $50 toward a gourmet French-Indian fusion meal at Mantra.
Mantra's menu features small plates from the naan bar and larger dinner courses. Dine with a date on an assortment of small plates ($6–$16 per item) such as watermelon and goat cheese kebab (with artisan honey, onion seed vinaigrette, and curly endive) and MoMos (minced chicken and foie gras dumplings with shallot, cilantro, and ginger with spicy tomato peanut chutney). Pair 13 varieties of gourmet naan (including coconut and date, chocolate and marshmallow, and sundried-tomato and rosemary) with your choice of chutney to complement your small-plate assortment.
If you prefer a traditionally sized entrée, try the goat cheese and potato tikki (with caramelized eggplant, sautéed spinach, and tomato coulis with fenugreek, $22) or one of executive chef Jerry Pabla's specialties, such as the tandoor-roasted veal chop (with cumin roasted fingerling potato, sautéed spinach, pearl onion and aged Port, $34). Exotic martinis ($12) such as the Gin Gin (fresh ginger, muddled cucumber, and mint with Hendricks gin) or Anarkali (pomegranate-infused cognac, pomegranate juice, and mandarin blossom vodka) tease your taste buds with unusual and delightful flavor combinations.
Located in an historic, circa-1800 bank, Mantra's unique space features Italian marble floors and walls, luxurious linens, modern furniture, and clean lines, which give the place a classy, cool elegance. The service is professional, friendly, and accommodating.
Mantra is Boston magazine's 2002 Best New Restaurant, and hot media outlets such as Esquire are wild about the fusion of flavors:
- ...those with discerning palates will be drawn in as well by...magnificent blending of Indian and French flavors. Dishes like caramelized scallops with red-pepper coulis and curried canapes, rack of lamb with cumin-dusted potatoes and a ginger jus, and crisp sea bass with fava beans and a coconut emulsion make the menu an equal match to the striking decor. – John Mariani, Esquire
Citysearchers give Mantra four stars:
- In all, the food was just flavorful and fresh. I have never had food with this much flavor in my life. Also - our server Haswan was great. Very attentative [sic] and professional. – ieat1234
- I had already heard of the contemporary decor that transforms the former 1800's bank, into a New York style club, but to see it in person was amazing. Vibrant colors, marble floors and walls, a chain mail floor to ceiling curtain... – laupic
- The food...cooked to excellence, and very tasty. This French-Indian fusion really works! We were very nicely taken care of, we felt very private although in the main dining area, and really enjoyed the ambiance...The music played is very nice too. – liveinboston
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