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New Indian Restaurant coming to DT Raleigh

As reported by Andrea Weigl of N&O...

http://blogs.newsobserver.com/food/ma...

The menu looks huge and tasty.

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  1. I'm so excited about this new restaurant, Mantra.

    You've gotta love this quote from the article:

    "I decided to open in downtown Raleigh because there are no Indian restaurants and people love Indian food," Rawat said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

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    1. re: cackalackie

      Well it is sorta true. I mean there isn't anything smack downtown. There was a restaurant that tried, but it just sorta fizzled. This guy has the pedigree to establish one and keep it going. I just like the menu is very expansive and really seems to have something for everyone... (as far as Indian Food goes).

      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        It *is* true. I think it made me laugh because it's so true.There are no Indian restaurants and everyone loves Indian food! And yes - it sounds like it will be very interesting indeed!

    2. The chef is coming from Saffron in Chapel Hill, which got 4.5 stars in Greg Cox recent review. That's on of the highest ratings he's ever given to any restaurant.

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      1. re: bbqme

        Right and I just like that menu seems a bit more wide ranging than most of the other local Indian places. Plus this chef has been around.

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Actually this chef worked with the chef that's been around (Durga Prashad).

      2. Does anyone have any updates as to when Mantra will be opening? The menu looks incredible.

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        1. re: Erika RollerGirl

          Thats what I said and I think I saw the sign somewhere near The Power Plant on Jones Street near Oyster House.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            It's right next to Napper Tandy's. Used to be a martini bar.

            1. re: cackalackie

              Right.. Napper Tandy's name was escaping me at the time. Do you know if they built it out or how large it could be?

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                I never went there when it was the martini bar, but I went there once when it was a cocktail bar later. I recall it being a decent size.

        2. So, is it open? has anyone been there yet? Love to hear a report before I venture.

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          1. re: normanc

            Apparently it is open and that is all I can answer.

            1. re: normanc

              Here's a link to a review by one of the area food bloggers that I read:

              http://www.triangle-restaurants.com/2...

            2. Went to lunch at Mantra prior to the NC State v. FSU game today (How 'bout them Noles!). It's the second weekend of their doing a lunch buffet so that's what we went for. Choices were a best salad I've seen at a restaurant buffet or otherwise, black dal, about 10 veg dishes, kulcha, fried fish, curry chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, raita, tamarind and cilantro chutnies, pappardams, and carrot halwa for dessert. They also bring freshly baked naan to the table. I quite enjoyed the food. Not afraid with their spicing, flavors varied between North and South India. Nothing was particularly spicy but there was a nice, slow building of heat that livened the tongue. For $12 it's a spectacular bargain!