June 07, 2018

Mantra Bistro in Legaspi Village, Makati

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  • This charming little Indian restaurant in Makati promises to serve authentic Northern Indian flavors. If you’re not familiar with these dishes, here’s what we’ve learned about them.

    Mantra Bistro is a cozy little space serving real Indian food in the Legaspi neighborhood

    Situated in the quiet neighborhood of Legaspi Village in Makati, Mantra Bistro takes you to the familiar flavors of Indian cooking. In this restaurant, they specialize in Northern Indian cuisine.

    Generous servings of their Northern Indian dishes

    Saffron Rice (Php 245)

    What sets Northern Indian cuisine apart from the South is that the former usually incorporates thick and creamy textures on their dishes. Northern Indian cuisine dishes almost always includes onions, garlic, tomatoes, and ginger. Meanwhile, the Southern cuisine relies more on coconut and rice.

    Garlic Naan (Php 115)

    Mantra Bistro uses tandoor, a clay oven from India that contributes largely to the authenticity of the Indian dishes they serve. Tandoor is used to cook their dishes as it’s heated by charcoal fire. Through this way of cooking, their dishes retain the real flavors, such as the juiciness and tenderness.

    Rogan Josh (Php 535) A goat meat dish with a gravy made with aromatic spices 

    Mantra Bistro lets you explore more of Northern cuisine, which will be familiar to those who fans of Indian cooking. On their menu, you’ll see usual favorites such as chicken tikka, vegetable samosa, and several types of Indian bread such as naan.

    The restaurant also offers vegetarian dishes, perfect for those who love their greens.

    Chicken Makhani (Php 490) India’s version of butter chicken

    Lots of businessmen and expats dine in at this place to get their generous servings of Indian food during meal time. Come by, and see what Indian dishes you’ll love to try for yourself.

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese magazine’s June 2018 issue.

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