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Serves meat, vegan options available. Cuisine of Tibet, India, and Japan. Has vegetarian and vegan dishes. Open Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:30pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.


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5 Reviews

First Review by catbone

airecl

Points +70

Vegan
08 Jan 2024

tastes like incredible home cooking

we ordered the veggie momos (which are basically like bao zi for those familiar with chinese cuisine) which were absolutely delicious. pan fried of course. then the udon stir fry and chow mein stir fry, both delicious but i think were the same recipe other than noodles so that’s on us but if we went back, would try all the other dishes. my husband also got the green tea tempura ice cream (vegetarian) and he said it was really good. the noodles have butter which was replaced with olive oil. our server was a very professional young woman! just ask which dishes can be made vegan and she’ll tell you. the decor is very cozy. we really enjoyed it. i’m asian (used to foods with flavor) and i thought the dishes were flavorful and healthy.

Pros: choices, service, ambiance

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mariechristine

Points +32

Vegan
28 Aug 2022

So delicious

I would give it 5 Stars😄delicious food and very nice staffs. Lovely atmosphere.

ojaimitch

Points +21

Vegan
31 Jan 2021

Nothing special 😞

We had eaten here once before and tonight decided to get a sampling of six different items. The California roll was fine, not served with wasabi and very little avocado in it. The mushroom cake was good, but deep-fried with 1000 Island type of piping on top. The garlic veggies were OK... kind of bland. The fried veggie rice was also OK. The Momo dumplings were fine and the veggie tempura was not crunchy and came with shrimp! Probably won’t go back. Not bad food, but NOTHING special.

JulienneSlice

Points +1587

Vegan
11 Nov 2019

Savory

Mandala has a lovely good vibe with many beautiful art and decor on the walls that creates a nice peaceful environment. The Tibetan Thukpa soup I ordered was pleasant, savory and satisfying. Make sure to specify your dishes to be vegan and they will accommodate. The menu reflects the chef and owner’s heritage of Tibet, and culinary travel influences from India and Japanese cuisine.

Pros: Ambiance , Vegan friendly options

catbone

Points +574

Vegetarian
18 Jan 2016

“Authentic” Tibetan Décor= Peace, Not Just Beauty

The Mandala opened on December 1st 2015. We were surprised to see it suddenly standing in place of the former Ojai-O Sushi Restaurant upon our return from a business trip last month. It’s hard to miss seeing The Mandala Restaurant with the colorful Tibetan prayer flags that don its rooftop. We were excited to see the lavish beauty everywhere you turn in this restaurant, both inside and out. And, we found having a meal in its peaceful setting creates a convenient "exotic escape" from the doldrums of everyday life. The new owners (a family actually from Tibet) proudly explained that the décor is quite typical of Tibetan restaurants everywhere back in their homeland.
We were eager to try out some of the new international foods at our first lunch during their opening month. Let me tell you, if you try the Vegetarian Momo Appetizers, you'll have a hard time eating "just one." But, be sure to dip your Momo in their House-Made Chili Sauce. It's so mild that I still can't believe Chili is even one of the ingredients! I couldn't read the small-print of the Mushroom Cake Appetizer’s ingredient listing, but I ordered them anyway (so, Vegans and Vegetarians beware). But, they are really tasty! I also tried the Tibetan Chow Mein with Tofu and the Indian dish, Gobi Aloo. Both were good. And, it is important to know there is a whole array of Veg-Friendly foods that can be adapted to suit your taste with Tofu substitutions or other food omissions.
So the next time you are in Ojai, whisk yourself away into the highly decorative and relaxing Tibetan atmosphere at the culturally-enriching new Mandala Restaurant in our quaint town of Ojai, CA.

Pros: Authentic Tibetan Décor , Foods from 3 Counties in 1 Restaurant, Peaceful & Beautiful Inside and Out

Cons: Not even one!




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