Price: 2700 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Chicken tikka masala, nawabi gosht
I was in Tokyo this weekend and on Saturday evening I had checked into a hotel near Ueno station. As I was waiting for my wife to join me, I wandered down to the big market area just south of the station and found Sheesha Dubai, a shisha joint. After spending a couple of hours there I started hunting for dinner. It's really hard to pick a place to eat when there are so many all around. Eventually I spotted an Indian restaurant named Mantra on the 3rd floor of a building and made my way up.
They had a buffet option, but I wasn't inspired by the choices. Also, the bread options were strictly naan, so again, not a good sign. I went for some chicken tikka masala and a lamb curry dish. At first I was really surprised by how tender the lamb was, til I realized it was actually lamb kebab, not pieces of lamb. Both dishes tasted ok, but lacked in the multi-spectrum of real indian food. Heavily salty actually. They did make me a salty lassi, for which I am grateful.
Overall, an ok Indian spot. There are better, but further away.