Mantra and Bambu both to call Prairie City Crossing home


Folsom’s Prairie City Crossing Center will soon be home to a pair of new businesses that are sure to tantalize the taste buds. Construction of a new Indian Vegan eatery is underway along with a Vietnamese dessert and drink spot right next door.

Mantra is a restaurant specializing in vegan and vegetarian dishes from India and will open in space 500 of the center. Vietnamese dessert and drink shop Bambu will occupy space 300 in the center. 


Occupying the space that was previously home to Curry House next to Safeway, Mantra touts that it was created by a group of like-minded foodies and longtime friends who have always, “liked to eat, drink and create excellent food together,” according to its business profile online.  What started as a hobby led the group to open this new Vegan option .

The restaurant is a spinoff from Sanskrit, a successful New Age Indian Restaurant on Folsom’s East Bidwell Street. Partners Lijo Madassery and Sushil Kamble are the names behind the soon to open restaurant.


 “Our hobby quickly led us to open this Vegan & Vegetarian restaurant, where people from all over the Sacramento region and beyond can meet to enjoy our unique dishes and comfortable atmosphere,” reads a statement on Mantra’s website. 


More information can be found online as the company builds its menu at

Bambu serves traditional Vietnamese smoothies, coffee drinks, fruit and milk-based teas, juices and more. Photo: Bill Sullivan


One door closer to Safeway and next door to Mantra will be Bambu which will open in the space previously occupied by T-Crepes, which closed its doors last year. 

The San Jose-based Vietnamese dessert and drink company since 2008, Bambu’s specialty is traditional Vietnamese smoothies along with a variety of coffee drinks, fruit and milk-based teas, juices and more. 

They also serve Asian inspired yogurt. All of their menu items are maid from fresh ingredients. 

The company has over 70 franchises across the country and will be operated locally by local residents Sang Le and Stephanie Tran. 

More information about Bambu can be found on the company website

Both establishments have yet to announce their official opening dates but are expected to be open in the coming month as Spring arrives. Check their websites for updates.