We proceeded to dinner at Mantra on the Hill, the restaurant of talented chef Yajan Upadhyaya. Although I'm not an expert on Indian food, you don't need to be. Chef Yajan creates delicious flavor balances in his dishes, and everything we tasted was scrumptious, from starters:
|Naan stuffed with red onion, cilantro and masala
|Eggplant chips tossed in tamarind
|Chick pea salad with tomatoes, potato, masala, pomegranate and tamarind yogurt
|From top center, shrimp, chicken in white pepper sauce, Okra with tomatoes, and lamb shish kebab with raita
|Lovely chicken dish enhanced by pickled beets (who knew?)
|I got to peak in the kitchen, and this dish was coming out---gorgous lamb chops from the tandoor
|He's telling me the Tandoor is hot now; last time I was here it wasn't up to the requisite zillion degrees!
|I kept saying I wanted "flames"--he was most obliging!
|Lamb chops coming off the spit from the Tandoor
|Assistant Matt and Chef Yaj
|Chops and shrimp in the Tandoor
If you live in Cincinnati and haven't dined at Mantra you are missing one of your cities' treasures. And if you haven't listened to Marilyn, then you just aren't listening....she is awesome! Such a wealth of knowledge, witty, and honest---so tune in on Saturdays, and one day in August they might just allow us to be on the radio together---watch out Cincinnati!