Monday, August 5, 2013

Restaurant Review - Mantra on the Hill

Friday we decided to head up to Mt. Adams to try Mantra on the Hill, a contemporary Indian Food Restaurant. It is located in Mt Adams where Daveed's used to be (sad, since that's the restaurant we had dinner the night we got engaged!)- but it was fun to go back and see it as something new. We had an early reservation since we had the baby with us and wanted to hit up hillfest afterwards, and it was a gorgeous night, so we opted to sit outside and had the whole patio to ourselves..

We started off with an appetizer of Coconut Scallops- Diver scallops, toasted coriander, coconut, curry leaf & tomato ragout...

Yes please, these were delicious. I love a savory coconut sauce (funny because I hate sweet things that are coconut but love savory coconut things). It's hard for me to use really descriptive words with Indian food because I am not necessarily familiar enough with all the spices to know what I'm tasting besides just saying I really liked it. The coconut flavor added just enough sweetness to the sauce. I did get a bite or two of sand, but would still eat this sauce with a spoon...and ok fine I did eat this sauce with a spoon.

We also ordered a bottle of wine to go with our dinner and I thought they had a nice wine list with a wide range of price points and styles.

For our entree we decided to split a meal (since I was saving room for church festival dessert). They have a few "quintessential" Indian dishes such as Tikka Masala and Vindaloo on their menu...but we were here to try something different than our ordinary so we decided to go with the:

Murgh Dhaniwal - boneless chicken, caramelized onions, cilantro and white pepper cashew sauce

Such a flavorful sauce. I think my favorite part about it were all the caramelized onions running through it that were so sweet and perfectly done. I think all the chicken was chicken thighs which just have SO much more flavor than breasts and they were cooked just right. A very good dish..

And I can't let this post be over without mentioning the naan. We got an order of the:

Garlic Basil Naan- Naan, garlic confit, basil, olive oil.

It was stuffed with garlic and basil-y goodness and then toasted and topped off with some olive oil (or maybe butter?) and some finishing salt. I love naan, but usually as something tasty to scrape up all the sauce from the bottom of the bowl...this was an eat alone kind of naan. Dipping made it better...but not necessary.

Yum, I can't wait to get back and try some other entrees. (Gosh Chettinad - I'm looking at you!)

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1 comment:

Nancy said...

Yummy. I look forward to trying Mantra for lunch.