During our recent 3 week SI holiday, we stayed in Queenstown over a period of 5 days in Dec 2012 and were looking forward to a good Indian cuisine meal when one of our local friends suggested that we take the effort to drive to Arrowtown and visit Mantra. We are so glad we took the suggestion. We highly rate this restaurant for their cuisine, ambience, service and authenticity. Sadly most Indian restaurants in NZ serve greasy spicy food to the not so aware patrons and that so very poorly represents Indian cuisine. At Mantra, we found their food very much like how we cook at home - lean and flavoursome. Every single dish we ordered was brilliant. Their menu is out of the ordinary and very unlike a typical kiwi Indian restaurant. They have experimented with some outstanding selections and have a broader Indian cuisine representation. Their ambience is again brilliant - a mix of contemporary and traditional Indian. You will get a feel good factor the moment you walk in. This is a very well ventilated restaurant which means you do not walk out smelling like butter chicken!! :) Finally, their service was personal and attentive to our individual needs.
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