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Mantra Contemporary Indian Dining

We went to Mantra on May 4th. Interior is very different, glass tables/plates, glass flooring, bright coloured cocoon type swivel chairs, coloured lighting, etc. you wouldn't be wrong for thinking you were somewhere trendy up town for a second!

There were very limited choices in the main course for meat eaters (2 chicken and 3 lamb). The lamb chops were something else, absolutely soft and succulent, a definite must have! The chicken tikka wasn't as tasty but again very succulent and the main chicken dish (korma like) was dissapointingly bland. If you're not big eaters like us then one starter, a main and a couple of naan's would be plenty!

Service was fine, no problems at all. Only one of the waitresses would actually ask if everything was fine.

Very fancy website and would recommend a visit. Just make sure you ask for a table in the back or middle section, avoid the table near the entrance door at all costs. I would agree to say some dishes are slightly overpriced considering its only Hounslow, but I guess they have to recoup the cost of that massive chandelier somehow.

Sunday, May 04, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6


Went to this place on 5th April and was pleasantly surprised to find a stunning belly dancer as soon as we walked in. The decor was nice and definitely recommended for a romantic dinner. The lighting was dim and there were added touches such as big comfy cushions. Unfortunately the good review stops here.

When making the booking I was not clearly told that we had to vacate our table by 9pm (note: I had booked for 7.30pm). This was meant to be a romantic dinner for two and the last thing I wanted was to be hurried along. The waiters were having sneaky looks at us to see how we were progressing with our food so they could bring out the next course. We went for the meat set menu which was £24.50 per head and frankly over priced, more so because of how the waiters were behaving. If you are not big eaters then do not have the set menu as the portions are huge, but regardless it is still not worth £24.50 per head. To be honest I have had better lebanese at my local deli. I was expecting mouth watering dishes but the only thing that made my mouth water was the side dips.

Initially they wanted us to leave, but then a table must have become free so they offered to move us there. Unfortunately by then we were unhappy enough for them to pack the food to take away. The bill was £70.31 and foolishly I didn't even question how it got to that figure. I'm sure you could quite happily have a meal for two for half that sum and not feel as though you have been hard done by. Just avoid the set menu and you will have an ok meal.

Monday, April 21, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 1

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