Experience India at its exclusive best, Kamasutra prawns included
Bollywood has become an integral part of Indian culture and touches the life of every Indian. Cinema takes the audiences into a dream world — “Lights! Camera! Action!” – three magic words that entice people from all walks of life.
The magnetism of Bollywood is not class, religion or gender-biased, it affects all alike. And in a land far from home, Mantra offers its clientele the feel of Bollywood. The décor and ambience of the place oozes the glitz and glamour of Bollywood with glittering lanterns, silver and gold threaded tablecloths, photographs of screen idols and of course the luxurious cushion room that lies beyond the drapes of the shimmering curtains.
The Bollywood feel is completed with the inclusion of live belly dancing performances and a DJ to entertain weekend guests. Mantra has optimised the charm and magnetism of Bollywood making it a crowd-puller for non-Indian diners who are curious about Bollywood. The Bollywood influence has become part and parcel of the ‘Indian story’; you talk India, you talk Bollywood.
Amit from Mantra says he feels honoured that many Bollywood celebrities such as Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Abhijeet Sawant, Milkha Singh and Honey Singh, who have visited Sydney have dined there. “They were very impressed with the exclusive dining experience,” says Amit.
Along with the opulence of Bollywood, Mantra offers its clientele a very elaborate menu to choose from. Though the delicacies are pre-dominantly North Indian, the seafood served epitomises the Southern flavours of Goa and Kerala. One particular dish that ignited my curiosity was the ‘Kamasutra Prawns’! I was keen to know if it came with any special instructions! Then there is the Mumtaz Mahal fish which is said to be a unique blend of hot, sweet and sour…. a reflection of the immortal love story, I wonder?
Just as mantra is a word chanted by Indians during prayer or meditation, Amit and his team hope the restaurant will also be on the lips and minds of every diner who has sampled their hospitality. “We hope to become a chant symbolising a good culinary experience – something ethereal,” says Amit.