Good Food is the Foundation of Genuine Happiness
Someone said those words and they seem to be the Mantra that Mantraa lives by!
Mantraa is a resto-bar in Thane, located on the highway. A casual, classy yet simple mid-sized place that specialises in North Indian cuisine and also serves Italian, Asian and Continental dishes. They have recently revamped the menu to add a plethora of global fusion dishes.
The area is pretty spacious with seating arrangements for different sizes of groups. One can find a crowd ranging from youngsters to families to corporates, everyone! A mid-sized bar is located at the far end and is well stocked. The music ranges from soothing instrumental to chartbuster singles and more. The service is prompt and one does not need to have to wait for more than a few seconds for a response, someone is always around but yet give you enough privacy.
Coming to the food, you know when your expectations are surpassed time and again? That is the apropos way to describe the food at Mantraa. It left us satisfied yet craving for more!
Here is what we tried:
Mushroom Cappuccino – Thick mushroom based broth with lots of cream. It was delicious with the sharp mushroom flavour and aroma! ♥♥
Kashmiri Shalgam – As the name suggests, it consists of turnip or shaljam as we know it along with garlic, ginger and a few other veggies. Thick, consistent and fragrant, this soup was equally delightful.
Mushroom Galouti Kebabs – Before we tell you anything else, know one thing, if you go to Mantra and do not try these, then…. we don’t know what then, just try these!!
So soft, you cannot lift these without them almost melting in your hands. Gone are the days of melt in the mouth! A very thin charred layer on top and a thin puri of sorts at the base hold this goodness together. The kebabs are non-spicy and flavourful. We were informed that the idea behind mushroom galouti kebabs was to provide a lip-smacking vegetarian version of the legendary galouti kebabs. And boy were they successful!♥♥
Spinach and Kale Fingers – Spinach and Kale leaves rolled up with cheese stuffed inside and batter fried. What a delicious combination.
Kale is generally associated with being a little bitter, but not these. Not even a hint of bitterness.
Crisp on the outside with molten cheese inside, these are fantastic!
Cheese dominates the flavour but we are not complaining. Who doesn’t like that! Served in small glass cones that are filled with herbed mayo and topped with parsley, this must be on your ‘to try’ list at Mantraa.
Spinach Squares – Another spinach based delicacy that is delicious. Soft spinach mousse with water chestnuts that add a little crunch to the squares. These are served with a spicy garlic chutney that adds just the right amount of zest!
Paneer Pesto Seekh – A slightly smokey paneer based preparation. Cottage cheese with coriander chutney and fried groundnut pieces inside. Lots of chilli flakes but is not spicy as paneer well balances them. Soft textured and scrumptious.
Mantraa is known for their kebabs and we are not surprised given the delicacies we tasted!
These were served with three dips – Peanut butter, a mustard based dip and a slightly sweet coriander based.
Smokey Vegetable Kolhapuri – If you are expecting the usual spicy mix vegetable, then you are in for a surprise!
This is a unique preparation though it still holds the infamous spiciness of the Kolhapuri delight. There is the infamous mix vegetable sabzi with exotic veggies and a strong tadka and then there is a smoky, spicy gravy that you pour on top of it! Delicious and spicy as promised!
Paneer Ludhiana – A mildly spicy and creamy paneer based sabzi. Paneer pieces melt in the mouth! Yummy!
Big Crispy Roomali – Roomali roti turned to a masala papad of sorts with lots o tomatoes, onions, coriander and chilli powder.
P.S.: This one is originally double this size. We asked for a smaller version!
Happy Ending – You know what is ironic? When Happy Ending arrived, the song Happy (Pharrell Williams) started playing in the background.
Happy Ending is a happy mix of watermelon, orange and ginger. Watermelon caviar added the oomph factor to it! It was not overly sweet as ginger and lime well balance the flavours. Served in a unique green jar/mug that resembles a face, this was refreshing! I think we can safely sing along –
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you