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“Did not disappoint nor awed”

Mantra Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #7 of 956 Restaurants in Pattaya
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Mantra Restaurant & Bar is a chic and stylish culinary experience unlike any other. Located on Pattaya Beach Road in Amari Pattaya, Mantra features seven open kitchens serving up incredible Asian, Western and Mediterranean cuisine. Dramatic, eclectic, unique - Mantra features two levels of awe-inspiring architecture and unique décor while the towering treasure walls create focal points with artfully placed collection of artefacts. Hedonist Harlem, Opium Den, the Sultan's Table, Opera Seats or Main Theatre, you choose your corner. DRESS CODE Mantra is chic, smart and stylish - and that's how we like our patrons to dress. Gentleman - no shorts, tank tops or sandals please. During the weekends the dress code is relaxed to Smart Casual. The Mantra Team reserves the right to refuse entry. Mantra Bar Open Daily, 17:00 to 01:00 Mantra Restaurant Open Daily, 18:00 to 01:00 (last kitchen order at 11:30) Fabulous Sunday brunch from 11:00 to 15:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Did not disappoint nor awed”
Reviewed 20 July 2012

We were staying at the Amari Orchid and read that the Mantra was the place to dine (from TripAdvisor). We booked through the club floor and was told that a romantic seat will be reserved for us.

As you enter through the doors, you are met with a high ceiling bar/waiting room area. Upon arrival, we told them our name and was immediately recognised as guests of the hotels. The hostess then asked where we preferred to sit. She brought us to the main dining hall through another set of doors and we were immediately greeted by different open kitchens. We then asked for a table upstairs and that did not disappoint.

We had the choice of sitting at a table for 2 against a wall (too claustrophobic for my liking) or at a booth seat (that can seat 4) that faces out to the dining room downstairs. You can't really see the diners unless you stand but you can see the diners seated at similar booth seats across the other wall on the ground floor.

When seated you are presented with a wine folder (very impressive selection) and a cocktail/beverage menu. Restaurant staff need to know that it's hard to choose a wine with the meal when you have no idea what you are going to eat! So we asked for the food menu and was presented with it immediately.

The menu wasn't described to us (the concept of the different kitchens available) but what caught our eyes was the Wine Pairing Dinner menu on the front page. We didn't bother with the rest of the menu and placed our order.

The bread was brought out; 6 bite sized cracker textured pieces. We were a bit disappointed and then the warm rolls were brought out later. 4 different types of bread baked into a single loaf! We were not told of the flavours nor did we bother asking. It tasted of normal wheat, plain and perhaps sundried tomatoes or something similar.

An amuse abuche was then brought out. Again, no one explained what we were eating. We then found out through taste it was Tuna Sashimi with a very generous helping of wasabi dressing of some kind on it. It left us breathless and choking for a minute before realising it's best to eat the rest of the tuna with a little bit of the dressing!

The first course started off with a bubbly! Then the food started arriving with wonderfully paired wine:

Salmon Carpaccio with Shallot Oil, Salmon Cavier and Arugula Salad / Michel Lynch Sav Blanc 2010 (FRA)
Very finely sliced salmon served with Fried Shallot and a fair bit of Salmon Cavier. Very light taste to the palate with a nice asian twist added by the fried shallots

Morel cream soup with Truffle Foam / Kookaburra's Laughing White Chardonnay 2003 (AUS)
It was simply the best mushroom soup I've ever tasted. The truffle foam had only a slight taste and it didn't overpower the taste of the morels

Pan Fried Foie Gras on a forest berry compote / Tahuna Pinot Noir 2010 (NZL)
The berry compote went very well with the foie gras and the wine. This was the favourite of the night as we felt the pairing was perfect

Lava Grilled Australian tenderloin with polenta, ratatouille & thyme jus / Chiramonte Nero d'Avola 2008 (ITA)
We asked for our meat to be cooked medium rare, it came slightly charred and a little overcooked for my liking. The thyme jus was very subtle and it went well with the steak. I wasn't too impressed with the ratatouille as it lacked the "ummp". it was a little too bland for my liking.

Freshly baked caramelised banana tart with honey glazed macadamia and hazelnut ice cream / Echeverria Sav Blanc late harvest 2007 / (CHILE)
Baked banana on a puff pastry-like tart served with a light nut flavoured ice cream. A perfect way to end the dinner

Cheese selection from our Trolley / Dow's fine ruby port
We were not shown any cheese on any trolley. Instead, they "chose" the cheese that they thought we would like (or there wasn't a trolley to begin with!)
Assortment of cheese. Nothing to scream about.

Overall, the dining experience was a standard smart dining experience. I won't say it was fine dining. A slight disappointment that when dishes were presented to us, they were not explained or at least highlighted what course it was. The only way we knew what we were eating is because they had a Wine Dinner Menu card placed in front of us.

The timing of delivery of the course was perfect. Not too rushed or too slow. We might go back the next time and try the dishes from the main open kitchens.

A word of warning: Sitting upstairs meant that the "smells" from the kitchen downstairs travel upwards and you may come out smelling of food.

  • Visited July 2012
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GeneralManager58, General Manager at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 9 August 2012
Thank you for the very comprehensive review of our WIne dinner menu card and indeed the full Mantra experience. I am happy that you enjoyed your dinner with us, especially the Soup, Foie Gras and Dessert. I have also noted your comments on the beef and the most frusrating part highlighted that no one introduced the restauarnt or indeed the disehs to you. This is a must at Mantra and I will certainly review this with the team. My apologies for this inconvenience. Thank you again and hope to see you soon. Kind regards, General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The best dinning experience! Will not disappoint.”
Reviewed 16 July 2012

My husband and I dinned at Mantra last night. From the very first greeting by the well spoken and friendly staff to our departure we couldn't pick one fault. Our waiter was troy amazing and spent time explaining the menu from all 7 kitchens and was very knowledgable and helpful. We ordered food from 5 out of 7 kitchens and the standard of the food and presentation was exceptionally high. The lamb shank was especially delicious. This would have to be in out top 3 dinning experience and we can see why Mantra is so highly rated here, this restaurant deserves to be at # 1. I see one customer reviewed it back in Jan 2012 complaining about the lak of dress code. It became apparent last night that his is no longer the case and diners who are not appropriately dressed sit upstairs instead of downstairs near the open kitchen. Both upstairs and downstairs are beautifully laid out. We will be returning in two nights to experience the mouth watering food and brilliant service again before heading back to Australia. I have never written a review before despite eating out at top rated restaurants frequently, but I felt I must share our experience at the Mantra as most restaurants pale in comparison. Think it was worth every cent and would have paid a lot more back home for such high quality food and service, in the most spectacular atmosphere. Can't wait o return and wish we had discovered this place owner.

  • Visited July 2012
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GeneralManager58, General Manager at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Marina

Thank you for taking the time to review Mantra and for the details you gave how how wonderful the food and service were. The Lamb Shank is also one of my favourties. We are very proud of the restaurant and work tirelessly to maintain both its qulaity of food and service. It is a speacial place and I look forward to hopefully meeting you on your next trip there. Thank you, General Manager.
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Suzhou, China
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“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

I have enjoyed cocktails and meals over the years at Mantra but was very disappointed on a recent visit. The food was tolerable at best and we had to send some food back as it was so poor. The staff did there best but at the prices Mantra charge this was really disappointing and not really acceptable. Not good value for money at all.

  • Visited June 2012
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GeneralManager58, General Manager at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Helen, Thank you for taking the time to give us the feedback on your recent trip to Mnatra. I know our Executive Chef has been in touch with you by email and after your vacation, he will again follow up with you about your expereince. My sincere apologies for the disappointing dinner and the obvious dissappointment this has caused. Mantra is a special place and I very much hope after your vacation we have a chance to meet and indeed show you why it very much is. Kind regards General Manager
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Pattaya, Thailand
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“Up Market Drinks”
Reviewed 29 June 2012

What a nice change to the bar scene in Pattaya and the Cocktails are seriously strong so in the end good value for money (you can taste the spirits) unlike the normal pour you get in most bars, I have also herd the restaurant is top quality but a bit pricey so take your friend and leave the wife at home. :)

  • Visited July 2011
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George Town, Malaysia
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“NICE environment but average food..”
Reviewed 28 June 2012

we are Impress with restaurant decoration, very grand..Staff are very well train..
Food are just average.. 60/100
price are very expensive!
who are looking for nice enviroment manta is your choice..

  • Visited June 2012
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