My friend Niazi is moving back to Melbourne with his wife Gill.  One of their favourite Indian restaurants in Sydney is Mantra, at Ryde.

We have been there before with them, but as they’re moving to Melbourne this weekend, this Tuesday we decided to join them for one last Mantra meal.

Mantra is decked out in very loud, very colourful Northern Indian décor.  Apparently on some weekend nights they have a DJ and bellydancers!

There were nine of us this night, and we ordered a few entrées to share, naan, pappadums, raita and maybe eight mains or so, with both chilli and mango chutney.

A few of the carnivores amongst us decided to be vegetarian for the night (who knows why!?).  This meant that for perhaps the first time in my life, the number of veggoes at the table greatly outnumbered us meat lovers (3 to 1)!

Mantra is actually one of my favourite Indian restaurants as well.  The food is always very nice, and the price tag which accompanies the meal is also equally as nice.  Going with a large number of people, meant we could sample a large range of different dishes.  They were all very nice.

I really can’t remember which dishes we chose, but if you enjoy Indian food and do check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

The damage: around $315, or $35 a head (including corkage), with plenty of food for the doggy bag

Nick’s rating: **** (four out of five)