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About Mantra India
Welcome to Mantra India, a Fine dining Indian Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Mountain View. The ambiance of the restaurant is designed to be comfortable and contemporary. With a team of experienced chefs and managers, the Mantra India team is dedicated to customer service and have an innate passion for the restaurant business.
At Mantra India we serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Our chefs are trained and well versed with North Indian Mughalai cuisine, and Punjabi traditional village style cooking. To compliment the classy ambiance and exotic foods, we also boast of an exceptional selection of cocktails, beers, fine wine, and traditional Indian beverages.
At Mantra India, we use natural, organic and fresh ingredients in our cooking. We source our vegetables and other ingredients locally through the local farmers network in and around Bay Area.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Hours of Operation:
11 to 3
5 to 10
$30 and under
Mantra India Ratings and Reviews
Calling the food super bad would be an understatement. The chef seemingly has no idea about preparing dishes from Indian cuisine. There was absolutely no character in the food. I ordered 2 vegetarian curries and they not only tasted bland but had no character, no real taste in it.
The staff does not know if the restaurant has any special curries - no recommendations from the staff when asked.
Long story short - do not go, do not waste your time and money at this place.
I was looking forward to visiting this restaurant in its new guise. The manager was most welcoming and attentive, and sat us in a quiet booth. That was the good part. The wait staff was impatient to take our order. Our friends wanted to order separately and both selected a tandoori chicken dish, which the waiter assumed was an appetizer for all of us, so brought that ahead of my husband's and my dinner choice, so we got to watch them eat before our meal arrived. I ordered the goat curry, which was in a lovely very spicy thick sauce, but there was no meat! It was a collection of oddly shaped bones and bone shards in sauce. DO NOT ORDER THIS if you actually do want to eat some meat. The chicken tikka marsala was pretty good.
All in all, the waiters need to understand that not all the locals realize a tandoori dish is an appetizer, that not all diners want to share their food (sadly) and that maybe they should ask.
The chef needs to find the missing goat.
Service was very slow. My boss ordered onions on the side and chai for his dinner. he had to ask 3 times to get the onions and never got the chai. Then, when it came to getting the bill - it took forever! My boss eventually had to go to the front. The food, once ordered, came out very quickly and was very tasty.
Ambiance and service was good. But the food quality was somewhat disappointing. The gravy of Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Butter chicken and Kofta Malai tasted the same. The gravy of Lamb Roganjosh had too much tomato flavor (tangy). Overall the experience was unlike the previous times. Was kind of disappointed!
Me and my husband visited this place on his birthday. Being a hardcore delhite my husband doesn't approve of tandoori preparations very easily . But to my surprise he was extremely delighted with the chicken tikka here that he exclaimed,' finally the best Delhi standard tandoori chicken I have tasted in the US' . Butter chicken was sumptuous and of huge quantity! The garlic naan was a melt in the mouth . Service is exceptionally good . Credits to the manager who is on the toes and alert to everyone's requirements! Ambience is spacious ,simple and comfortable. Both me and my husband loved the place and are definitely recommending it to all our friends . I'm glad I chose this place for his Birthday
We love the food. However, my entrees were not hot. I don't mean spicy. I mean not warm enough when they came to the table.
We felt we had to wait a little bit too long. We waited more than 20 minutes to get our first dish.
Also, I prefer water with ice.
The food is delicious.
We all felt that the food was very good but extremely spicy (hot) even though we asked for very mild spice. The portions were large compared to most Indian places we have been to in the Bay area. The butter chicken was terrific, simple, flavorful, well prepared -- just wish I could eat it with all the heat. The breads were excellent, and the keema nan (with lamb) was among the best we have had, but we left much of uneaten because it was too spicy. The eggplant dish was superb and was the least spicy dish, but still quite hot. The soup of the day was too spicy hot to eat. By the way, one couple in our party was Indian, and they also said the food was too spicy. Good Indian food need not be soooo spicy to be good.
There were ample staff, but we had to work to flag them down to order, to get their attention to get more water, and to get the bill. The waiter was very pleasant but his english was not very clear. He could not explain what the vegi meal contained. I think they know that they have a communication issue, as the waiter read back our order to us, which was reassuring. However, they did not seem to get the not spicy request, or the cook was incapable of honoring it. After making our request, waiter said "a little spicy" and we said "no, please, less than a little spicy, not hot at all," which we said even though we know there would be some spice, but just not as much as that!
Food was really good but services were very mis managed and insanely late. Manager did give us 10% discount for that. Manager was very nice and trying hard to manage all the tables on his own and seems the servers were not able to coordinate.
They have completely revamped the interiors and have increased the menu pricing. Interiors look really good but still high prices are not justifiable. With these prices, I would rather go to Sakoon or Shivas, high-end neighboring restaurants. I used to love Park Baluchi because of its great food and good pricing. Pricing factor has gone!!
First, the good stuff; the Tandoori chicken dishes and the baked eggplant were great, and the accompanying rice was divine. Then the bad stuff; the Fish Pakora appetizer was made with fish that tasted many many days old; the service was atrocious as well as the timing of the plates, we looked at a couple plates of just chicken, which was brought out sizzling, but by the time several minutes later when the remaining dishes and rice came out the sizzle was long gone.
We have been enjoying the food here since last 3 years. Amritsari Paneer Tikka and Gobi Manchurian are our favorites. Food was light and non greasy. Wish we had the option to customize our bread basket. Garlic and butter Naan along with the Veg Korma and Balluchi daal left us craving for more. The waiters need more education about the dishes on the menu and the ingredients used, even though they have good customer service skills.
Very tasty and extensive buffet for lunch - the service is solid and the lunch choices were tasty and well prepared. All the platters and bowls were consistently refilled and served hot (or cold as the case may be). The buffet price also includes a drink too. Overall, very nice place to have Indian cuisine.
I went with my colleagues to have a heartfelt lunch. Must say, my tummy was more than happy with the variety, flavor and quality of food. I relished the "Achari Mutton" especially. Great ambiance to catch-up with old pals over great food on a lazy afternoon!! Recommend, recommend.
The service is very lacking, they only has two servers for the whole restaurant and they had to literally be flagged down for drink refills. The same servers were also the bartenders, they didn't make any of the cocktails correctly and kept asking questions like "is there ice in that" when my friend ordered a dirty martini.
We are not familiar with Indian food, but went for dinner with an Indian who lives in Kansas. She was our instructor. We really like the platter selection that gave us a chance try several different dishes. She was very happy with the food served and said it was really authentic Indian food.
My husband came late and the waiter served him quickly. He had chicken while we had vegetarian. The wait staff was great. I look forward to going again.
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