Mantra – Restaurant Review

Mantra Restaurant
Mantra Restaurant

Surprised me. 

www.mantranj.com

275 E, Rt 4 (Westbound)

Paramus, NJ 07652

Phone: 201-342-8868

Map

 

There used to be a different Indian restaurant in the same location. No comparison. This restaurant is higher-end one, with nice NYC-style decor, a bar that opens till late (relative to this area’s close-by-9PM places) and… very good food. I admit I ate here only once (yesterday…) but I’ll go again and if anything will change, I’ll update.

Been there with a friend, and we both were surprised and very pleased. Had Samosas for appetizer, Chicken Tikka Masala (not on the menu, they have the Chicken Makhani which is the same without onions and bell peppers, but if you ask they’ll make it Tikka Masala), Rogan Josh, bread basket and rice pudding. All were excellent, served in nice dishes, and I’m getting hungry again thinking of it.

 

Prices are not cheap. We had a glass of wine and a couple of bottles of sparkling water and ended up paying just over $50 each including tip, but it is justified by the excellent food, good service and refreshing atmosphere for a suburban restaurant. Will definitely go there again.

 

Opine Away rating of Mantra:

 

Rating index:  0 – Don’t bother. “-“ – irrelevant.  1 to 10, 10 is best. Price $ to $$$$$

 

Style of visit

Food

Décor

Atmosphere

Price

Family

8

8

6

$$$$$

Friends

9

9

9

$$$$

Out of towners

9

9

9

$$$$

Unmarried

9

9

9

$$$$

In and out

0

$$$$$

                                               

L.

Update 9/13/2008 – Been there with a large group (11). Service was terrible. Slow, mistakes, everything that can go wrong did. The food was still very good. Even after complaining to the manager, they just couldn’t keep up with the service. We had two salads that the vegetables were not fresh. I still recomend this restaurant, but for small parties only.