Posted by pattayatoday on Jul 22nd, 2014
by Mick and Di Barker
Mantra has a penchant for not only entertaining their guests with gourmet dinners they also want to entertain us in an auricular fashion too! We’ve been to many such musical events, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, violin trios, Christmas choirs and more. The latest gastro-audio occasion was a classical music evening with a quintet from the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
Bach’s sonatas and fugues, Mozart’s quintets and waltzes for Strauss all resonated across the restaurant as we enjoyed a gastronomic 5-course dinner. Our introductory course was a superb salmon and sea bass tartare with orange segments, caviar and baby herbs with an aged balsamic reduction. Fusion techniques shone through with the addition of chili and a touch of wasabi. This was followed by probably the best mushroom soup we have tasted in a very long time: Morel bisque scented with truffle oil and crowned with a Parmesan espuma. The deeply satisfying flavors of the famous mushrooms and the aromatic truffle oil brought together an intensely flavorsome soup.
The main course was just as sensational, foie gras and prawn ravioli with Chinese roasted duck breast, rocket salad and sage butter. The textural confluence on this plate was extraordinary, the ravioli a delight, the duck breast softly tender with Chinese spices and the sage butter exceptional. The presentation was so culinary artistic it made us wonder if Jackson Pollock was hiding in the kitchen!
A fine selection of cheese with a miniature baguette perfectly rounded off the savory course before a bitter chocolate terrine with cherry Chantilly hit the table. The presentation was exquisite; set on a criss-crossed chocolate motif sat a log of terrine which had been wrapped in sweetened cream and accompanied by vanilla ice cream and a strawberry garnished with mint leaves. The final touch was a long spear of chocolate and the daintiest chocolate flower. Edible art on a plate which brought our evening of wining, dining and classical music to the sweetest of finales.
Mantra is open daily from 6 p.m. till 1 am. (The bar opens at 5 p.m.) Tel: (038) 429 591 or visit www.mantra-pattaya.com. Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended. Dress code applies. All credit cards accepted. On-site parking available. Check their website for future musical evenings.