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With the views, you can possibly spend 2-3 hours hanging out and drinking beer. But you won't smack your lips or lick your fingers on the food served. Prices are $$ like any other place around.
It's got a hippie name and the reviews have...given it the fame; lower your expectations on the food and you will have a good time.
Old world rock and friendly service is on the house. At Mantra cafe, I would have preferred the music of the sea.More
Food was awesome along with the ambience and view of the beach from the cafe.Plus got to meet new people .Would recommend their choco chip pancakes and arabiatta pasta.Their omlettes are also yum. Staff are also good and helpful and they give you suggestions as...to the house specialities.( Cafe s closed from 3pm to 5 pm)More
The place is usually crowded. The food is average (not bad). The menu is limited. The choice of beers are also limited. The staff is good but the kitchen is slow. There is a huge zenga to play.
The kitchen remains closed during the afternoon...mainly between 3pm to 7pm (please check before hand). This is within the Zostel premisis.More
The cafe is having an amazing vibe. This cafe is located very near to Zostel and easy to find out.Food options can be improved. Food quality is good but I had greater expectation. Beer is available. I loved the music and the vibe of the...place and will definitely visit this place during my next trip to Gokarna.More
Read a lot about Mantra Cafe and visited it for dinner on the first night of our trip. It was so amazing that we just had to come again the next night too. :)
The cafe has a great ambience, very chill and casual. The...staff, Surjit and gang are very courteous and polite and always speak to you with a smile. Coming to the food, there are great continental options on offer. We didn't try the Indian items on the menu on either day. The chicken starters are good, the pie is absolutely delicious! A must have! Both chicken pizzas were light and yumm, but couldn't make out a difference between the two, never mind. Pastas and chicken stroganoff were nice too. Must try the kokum fizzy drink too. :)
The 2nd night had a live beat-boxing and musical performance at the cafe by some guests. Made the atmosphere very lively and enjoyable.
The best cafe in Gokarna, hands down! :)More
I was travelling through Gokarna & was held up at Zostel for a few days. The most convenient spot to grab some food was at Mantra Café which was adjacent to it. I have given it a 2 out of 5 points not particularly because...of the food or service but because of the behaviour of the café manager which I found to be utterly unprofessional.
On the last day of my stay, the manager realised I spoke the native language of an employee working there (who I was in a conversation with) & his attitude towards me changed rather drastically. I was taken aback. Since Zostel is backpackers' haven where you get to meet people from all walks of life; it was surprising. Moreover, being in such an industry where good nature is paramount I would expect the least from a man in his position to understand the repercussions of his behaviour towards the brand he is representing. It was totally uncalled for. Besides the manager I found the other employees to be very friendly & helpful throughout. The food was decent.
I wish I could have addressed this issue right there but I had to continue on my journey the same evening of this incident. Regardless, I hope this was an isolated event & Mantra Café does not treat all their customers the same way it treated me. However, if I do return to Gokarna I'll have to think twice before staying at Zostel & eating at Mantra Café.
Regards & good luck.More