Mantra on the Hill

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    June 9, 2012
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    Best new restaurant in town, no question.
    Have you tried Mantra yet? If not, you should. If you're a foodie, if you like Indian flavors, if you like creative cuisine - give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
    This is not your typical Indian restaurant. The menu is a blend of pan-Indian dishes, but Chef Yajan Upadhyaya adds his own touches and technique. I didn't check the wine list but the beer list is well selected and the dessert list looks incredible (I had the Saffron Risotto which is very tasty but I was too full to try anything else - next time I'm trying the Dark Chocolate Creme Brule with Indian Spices because it just sounds amazing). There are several - non-boring - vegetarian choices (sadly, still a rarity at most restaurants) and the prices are very reasonable, ranging from $11 to $19 for entrees. Oh, and the Naan is easily the best in town.
    The one, slight drawback is parking in Mt. Adams can be difficult. But, for me, Mantra is definitely worth the hassle.
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    June 5, 2012
    Returning for more
    Being of Indian origin, I tend not to frequent Indian restaurants, as I know I can get better quality food at home. However, I had the opportunity to go Mantra on the Hill a few days ago with group of (Indian) friends. What a surprise!
    Unlike the few Indian restaurants that I have been to in the past, Mantra has a very tasteful decor. The wine list is great and the menu is very exciting. We tried the vegetable potlis - the best I have ever had and the lamb shank reminded me of Mum's cooking at home. Another dish that I would highly recommend is the Kashmiri duck.
    My congratulations to the chef and the management for giving Cincinnati this much needed good quality restaurant specializing in food from the Indian sub continent. I am definitely going to return to try out a few more exciting dishes I have spotted on the menu.
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    May 30, 2012
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    Great new place!
    I live in Mt. Adams and have been dying for a new place that serves great food (not pizza), late night with reasonable prices. A quick sampling tonight was worth a review. Good beer list, good indian food with vegetarian options that is palatable and pronounceable. They have a neat patio in the back as well. I will definitely be coming back. This is definitely a step up in terms of practicality from Daveeds. I am not sorry to see them go.
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    June 7, 2012
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    Amazing Experience
    For the longest time, I have been waiting for a classy Indian Restaurant with good food and amazing service. Finally, it is here! Mantra on the Hill is a perfect blend of great flavors and service. The ambience is contemporary and the outdoor patio is a bliss expecially this time of the year. I would strongly recommend the coconut scallops and vegetable potli's for appetizers. Lamb lovers, seek no more! Masala Chops and Lamb Shank are devine. I would strongly recommend everyone to try this place...
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    June 19, 2012
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    Excellent Experience
    I tried Mantra on the Hill and loved it. I live in downtown Cincinnati and try all of the new restaurants when they open (Bakersfield, Jimmy G's, Table, Pho Lang Tang, etc.). Mantra was probably the best experience out of all of these restaurants, and the price was more reasonable. I must confess that Indian is among my favorite cuisines, and Mantra serves some of the best in town.
    P.S. Don't be spooked about the parking in Mt. Adams. Make a night of it and stay up on the hill for a while. Get some lovely Aloo Gobi from Mantra, then get an ice cream cone from UDF, then good wine at the Wine Cellar or Blind Lemon.
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    June 18, 2012
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    Go to Mantra. Immediately. Finally a great Indian place with atmosphere, great beer and late night food.
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    June 11, 2012
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    Thoroughly enjoyed my experience at 'Mantra on the hill' with excellent service and friendly staff. The 'coconut scallops', 'saloni machchi' and 'lemon tarts' were to die for. Will definitely go again.
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    June 15, 2012
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    Late Night Menu
    I've been there a couple of times since it opened and have been thoroughly impressed by the menu and the service, but to talk about that would be repeating many of the comments below; however, recently I had the opportunity to visit Mantra on the Hill and try out their late night menu. It's refreshing to find a place that serves more than just bar food after 10pm. Their Lamb Seekh Kabab is exceptional as is the Kali Mirch Tikka. Definitely a must-try!
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    June 10, 2012
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    Fun night out!
    Just checked out this AMAZING new restaurant! The food was delicious, the service was great and how excited we're we when the chef personally came out to check on our food. It's a beautiful spot and has a warm and cozy feel. I'm excited to go back and try the late night menu in their backyard patio.
    I tried the ground lamb in the puff pastry from the starters course and it was to die for. I also tried the lamb chops. Equally as good. My most intriguing item was the dessert. It was grilled pineapple and short bread. This easily could have been heavy but was surprisingly refreshing and not overly sweet. I recommend checking out Mantra!
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    June 1, 2012
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    Phone.fdebe5b Mobile review

    The service was moderate. It needs the kinks severely worked out. Most of the servers have not tasted the menu or know how certain entrees are served - an education is needed. The naan was great but not redeemable for the rest of the meal. Most of the food was good and simple but not what was promised. I would try this restaurant 1 month from now if you have not gone but personally I can't say I'll be going back anytime soon.



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