After a few afternoon beers in Kaihin Makuhari, we were faced with a dinner dilemma: Do we eat at one of the many generic restaurants, selling steak, pizza, and other tempting cholesterol raising delights or do we try the "mall curry" restaurant, looking down at us tantalizingly from the 3rd floor of the WBC Marive Dining building? This is JIMC: We went with the curry. From outside, the alarm bells started to sound, faced with plastic food copies which occupied the window front. What we actually got was better than we expected, though pretty standard fare, but most likely better than the other options you often find when you're out and about at similar areas equipped for the relatively easy to please Saturday afternoon shopper.
We started with papad topped with spicy onion, Chicken Tikka, and a couple of Godfather beers. For mains we went for Chicken Mirchi, Mutton Vindaloo, and Butter Chicken Masala. We went for roti, naan, and a plate of saffron rice as accompaniments.
The papad were OK, though didn't appear to be warmed through - the onion garnish was surprisingly spicy too and might be a bit overwhelming for average diners (no complaints here). The Chicken Tikka was great: good cuts and soft. The curries came. All were standard. The Vindaloo and Mirchi were advertised as the hottest on the menu and we asked for extra hot on top of that, but we were fairly disappointed with the outcome. Both were mild at best. Taste wise, all three went down well, though each were a bit heavy on the tomato flavoring front. The chicken and the mutton in the Vindaloo and Mirchi was a little tough but, oddly, not so in the Butter Chicken. The roti was OK, but nothing spectacular. Of course, the saffron rice was just that (no Basmati automatically makes the whole experience less enjoyable. But hey, the restaurants just give people what they want).
As mentioned at the start, this is a standard mall restaurant, but it's not bad in terms of a decent evening meal, and especially if you're like us and would choose Indian cuisine over any other. The final bill came in at ¥8888, so a bit pricy for three people. There are plenty of better curry experiences you can get for that amount, but if you are in the area, and a fan of Indian food, you could do a lot worse than Mantra.