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review of Mantra's Express Lunch


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review of Mantra's Express Lunch

Spike! | Jul 3, 2003 09:28 PM

Went for a business lunch there today. Atmosphere was as folks described. Relatively quiet. Luckily, I called about dress code before shorts/jeans/sneakers and I don't remember folks here mentioning it. That's a -1 point for humid summer days, but luckily, it wasn't too warm. Folks were mostly business dress (suits, ties, business casual) and it was only half full of people. I got the lookover by the hostess for wearing a T-shirt, but it was an IBM T-shirt so it was business related :-)

Waiter came over and gave us opened menus w/o mentioning the Express lunch menu which was on the first page but hidden if you didn't flip the page back one. Not quite sure whether this was intentional, but I overheard another waiter mentioning the Express menu and this waiter didn't. I asked the waiter what his favorites were and he didn't recommend anything on the Express menu. Not sure what was up with that but I didn't get warm fuzzies from it. Service from the water and bread waiters (not the main waiter) was very good.

The starter bread they had was good, especially the indian pita-like bread you could put the green chickpea sauce on (name of the sauce escapes me at the moment). I had the wild mushroom samosa which reminds of those baked indian pastry balls with stuff inside that I can't remember the name of :-P It was on a bed of mango mayonnaise chutney and then surrounded by truffle oil (I think) to make a very nice visual presentation. There was something strange about the wild mushrooms; some of it tasted sour. As typical of most French food, dishes were small. Salad was half the size of most salads. Entree wasn't very filling and I was hungry by 4pm. Seems to be the kind of experience I usually have at 4/4 star restaurants...I think I should stick w/ 3 star restaurants that make me full :-(

p.s., yes they still have the Express lunch, even if their web site doesn't mention it.

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