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There used to be a time when this restaurant used to serve delicious indian food but now its best left to whatever the chef feels like making. Not that great and pricey too. Better off going to nearby Ameya restaurant or the newly opened Nan...Ching. Service is also not that great. You have to wait a lot for your order to arrive. This restaurant is in sunset mode nowMore
My wife and I had dinner at Mantra last night! We brought our own alcohol as they do not serve alcohol but there are wine/spirit shops right around the corner! The food was yummy and the staff were very, very nice and attentive, especially Dushant!...We were also very excited about the wide variety of naan (including stuffed naan) which we adored!! Eat at Mantra!More
Went for an evening mean to this lovely Indian. The food was very good. It was a BYOB place so you need to take your own liquor. We ordered the kurkure bhindi (crispy okra), kadai chicken, kalongi paneer and family bread basket. The mango lassi...was delicious. It’s good value for money. Would definitely recommend.More
I ordered online to be delivered by Seamless. Chicken in the biryani was poor quality, Saag Paneer tasted as if it was made from canned Saag, Laccha Paratha was half cooked, all other food tasted below average. This restaurant needs to see the exceptionally high...quality Indian food available in New Jersey and Manhattan markets and learn from it.More
We ordered garlic Chicken and it was the worst I had ever eaten in my life. they are fooling in the name of Indian cuisine.
So bad taste. Also they make you wait for atleast 35 min before your order arrives.
I got a Groupon here, so my girlfriend and I stopped in for dinner last month. Let me preface this review by saying I'm no expert in Indian food - I enjoy it, but I rarely eat it for some reason. That being said, we...both really enjoyed the food here.
The atmosphere is a little upscale, well designed and nice for a slightly more-than-casual dinner spot. Staff were friendly and welcoming, and there were no problems at all applying the Groupon.
For my meal, I got the Chicken Kolhapuri. I was warned that it was very spicy, but I didn't find it too spicy or over the top at all. That being said - for those who don't really like spicy, you may think so. This is from a guy who collects hot sauce. Anyway - I really, really enjoyed it. One thing I also liked about the presentation was that the rice and the chicken itself came in different serving bowls, so you could dish the exact amount and mixture you wanted out onto your plate. I found that this made my meal stretch longer since I served it to myself in a few separate helpings. Added bonus - Mantra is BYOB and there's a liquor store right around the corner.
We enjoyed the food and the vibe here and will definitely consider it the next time we're looking for a flavorful Indian meal.More
Enjoyed an excellent Indian meal here at a table for five, but the bottled water, although copious, just wasn't the right libation. Excellent roasted cauliflower with a quite spicy tomato sauce made a great appetizer. We tried the grill variety (couldn't identify everything but it...was quite good) but the best entree was the salmon in what appeared to be a cream sauce. Rice was plentiful but ordinary. A chickpea side with potatoes was quite good.More
In the sea of 'Indian restaurants', Mantra stands out on its own.
We usually have buffets(lunch) here and most of the time go home satisfied with the variety, taste and the price of the food.
Lot of options in starters, main course and...even dips/chutneys :)
Eg, last Sunday buffet menu was something like this...
chicken Tandoori, Chicken 65, Samosa Chat, Pav Bhaji
Saag Paneer, Veg Pancharatna, Chole Masala, Daal Tadka, Daal Makhanwala, Veg Biriyani, Pulav, Chicken Biriyani, Chicken Gravy, Prawn Tikkka Masala
Wow!! TALK ABOUT OPTIONS...
You wont be able to enjoy all the variety because most probably you will end up hogging up your favourite dish(s) out of the lot.
My wife got stuck with Pav Bhaji/Saag Paneer/Daal while I couldn't stop eating Samosa Chat/Chicken 65 and the amazing prawn tikka masala..
It is difficult to strike a balance between taste when you have so much variety but Mantra usually does that.
The items are usually palatable if not delightful.
Talking about delight, the bill will bring that to you ;)
Not sure if there is any other restaurant in the Jersey City area which offers this value for money...More
As their menu states, "The menu incorporates both traditional classic favorites and original new dishes that apply Eastern flavors with a Western twist." To get the best of this restaurant you need to order both. Also order regional dishes. The Dahi Ke Kabab (Yogurt dumplings...coated with vermicelli & served with tomato chutney) was exceptional. Our main dishes of Goan Shrimp Curry and Goat/Lamb Roganjosh were both wonderful. And the rice was perfect - every grain separate and fragrant. I know this should go without saying, but I often go to Indian restaurants and wish I had cooked the rice myself. I'd give it a 5 star, but there is a lot of competition in NJ and NYC and some of their menu caters to the lunch crowd. Come in for a meal of just appetizer and you'll have yourself very forward thinking and skillfully prepared Indian food.More