I'm going to Mantra for dinner - any recommendations (I don't eat shellfish)?
My advice=DON'T GO
I was there on Saturday night and it wasn't disastrous so much as absolutely not worth the $95/pp tab (app, entree, dessert plus 1 cocktail and 1 glass of wine). The food was boring and oversalted and the room was so loud that we couldn't hold a conversation. Neither my dining companion nor I finished the desserts we ordered, as they tasted like something packaged. Our waiter aplogized about the food, even though we hadn't complained, saying that the chef had just debuted a new menu and was "working out the kinks." For that kind of money I can go to Clio and be assured of a pretty great meal.
I cannot help you with recommendations, I was there recently and everything my companion and I ordered had shellfish.
I do want to say it was a fabulous meal. The sauces are incredibly flavorful. Our service was excellent. It was pricey and the portions not huge, but every item we had was delicious.
We had a rotten experience at Mantra. See link. We later learned from a friend who knew the the management that they thought we had brought the cockroach in with us to get a freebie. I don't know about you but my SO would never touch me again if she thought I was carrying a cockroach in my pocket for any reason nevermind as a prop for a fraud. The whole thing was to ridiculous to be believed.
I didn't think the food was up to the hype either.
My advice, go somewhere where the management cares about the customers.