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Tantra Restaurant Restaurant Review: Tantra's warmly lit dining room sets a provocative, romantic tone. Executive chef Terry Dwyer has refined his initial menu, but he still explores the flavors of the Silk Road, although much of the influences come from either India or the Middle East. The crab cake, which is baked rather than fried, comes with a tomato and radish salad; and while the pomegranate applications that prevailed before have been restrained, they still appear, and not inappropriately, on golden beets. Spiced chicken breast pairs with sautéed fresh okra and basmati rice with an almond curry sauce for a well-balanced dish, and fresh fish is complemented by Sapelo Island farmed clams and chana dal (lentils). Many dishes are gluten-free, with chickpea flour used to make the vegetable pakora and the pappadums, the latter enfolding salmon and shredded mango pickle. For dessert, look to the house-made ice creams that refresh a spice-numbed palate. The wine list has seen much expansion, but still needs a rosé to accompany much of this food.