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Title Houston Voice, No. 1225, April 23, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 23, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 18 APRIL 23, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE Fitness your way! Feeling good about yourself and how you took is the key. We can help you get there with a program just for you. Call Today! Join Now! 2-foM limited time offer T^-WUSTONGYM 1501 Durham Street 713-880-9191 www.rKHistonfiyiii.coin •Tour Club for details Fort Lauderdale Real Estate ANDY WEISER Put Cok-hrvell Banker's Top Producer to work for You 954-560-9667 coLouieu. BANKeRU www.AndyWeiser.com ALL DAY EVERYDAY ALL THE HEWS FOR YOUR Life i and your Style | at your Speed J.A. CHAPMAN From its St. Augustine entry to its fresher than fresh ingredients, Mantra on Main Street is impressive. Mantra has pan-Asian flair liMIUMil voice WHAT IS ON THE FLOOR, I WONDERED as we walked into Mantra in the New Main Street section of downtown. In the dimly lit entryway, it was hard to discern its origin, but it felt a lot like grass. A quick check revealed that indeed it was grass — St. Augustine sod. to be exact. When asked how they'd come up with the idea of using grass to carpet the entry. a manager told me that they want to be memorable from the first step inside. That won't be a problem for this luxurious restaurant and its inventive pan- Asian cuisine. And not just because of the flooring choice. Mantra's decor is eye-popping opium- den meets Bangkok chic. A lounge dominates the front section and is filled with spacious lounging couches upholstered in deep red velvet, and multitudes of throw pillows and ottomans in rich silks. Bejeweled Buddhas keep watch over the area from nooks in the wall and a dual propeller-blade inspired fan twists lazily overhead. A sushi bar and alcohol bar fill opposite walls in the middle of the restaurant, and the back offers sleek tables, two richly upholstered booths in secluded alcoves and two private dining rooms, one with an impressive wine rack. The opulent, sensual decor even continues outside, where plush, jewel-tone upholstered chairs serve as patio furniture. THE DECOR IS IMPRESSIVE, BUT IT'S the food that really stands out at Mantra. The fish is flown in fresh daily from Hawaii. My dining companion and I started with two orders of sashimi, which arrived in generous four-ounce servings. The yellow tail ($8) was firm and fresh, but the unagi ($5) — smoked eel — really stood out. Served warm, with both white and black sesame seeds, its smooth, buttery flavor was a wonder. For appetizers, we chose the jasmine tea crusted shrimp ($9.99). The pan-seared shrimp had a pleasant hint of jasmine tea and the accompanying passion fruit oralis provided a sweet contrast. If I'm being truly picky, the shrimp were just a tad overdone, but overall this dish impressed. The smoked tofu with grilled mango and avocado appetizer ($5.99) arrived layered, looking like a tropical lasagna. It was a challenge to eat with chopsticks, but the thinly sliced smoked tofu was a wonder of rich smoky flavor and the grilled mango complemented it nicely. The avocado turned out to be more like guacamole. which somewhat overpowered, but overall this dish was a lively, inventive mixture. For main courses we chose the ahi and the Arctic char ($18.95 each). The seated ahi was just-caught fresh. Served with a crispy potato pancake and spicy Hunan shrimp in a garlicky sauce, this dish impressed. The slightly sweet Arctic char again was extraordinarily fresh. Paired with noodles in a light honey-miso sauce and tatsoi (Japanese spinach), this dish was our favorite, with each ingredient playing perfectly off the others. Mantra offers only two desserts, a cheesecake and a chocolate mousse cake. At the recommendation of our waiter, we chose the chocolate mousse cake, which turned out to be a decadent vertical layering of chocolate cake and milk chocolate mousse, covered in a hard dark chocolate coating. Given its central downtown location. Mantra is a good choice for a workday lunch. The lunch menu is small, but it's possible to order from the sushi bar as well. I chose the fresh Tasmanian crab cakes ($13.95), which our waiter said was one of their most popular dishes. Unlike some crab cakes, these were almost all fresh crab, with just a few bits of red pepper, green onion and corn for flavor. A roasted tomato sauce accented the crab nicely, while roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes rounded out the dish. My friend opted for the Maui fish tacos ($8.95). Two corn tortilla tacos filled with fresh white fish, tomatoes, purple cabbage and sweet caramelized onions were topped with an otherworldly smoky sauce. Accompanied by herbed rice and roasted vegetables these tacos can almost transport you to the islands. Mantra is still a something of a secret, despite having been open for two months. They've kept a low profile while working out kinks and honing the menu and they're poised for an official grand opening in the near future. Once the word gets out. this place will be packed. Mantra 711 Main St. 713-225-3500 www.mantrahouston.com Food: W W W W Service: WWW1/; Comfort & Aesthetics: w W w w Value: • • • Scene: W w W w r ■ Stay home and eat cereal WW = Well, if you really must ■ WWW = Fine for all but the finicky WWWW=Worthmorethana 20-minute drive WW WWW Osgood as you'll find in this city
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