BLUE MANGO

Blue Mango

There is an Indian restaurant located on Glenwood South called Blue Mango.  You can check them out first on line if you’d like.  In my two years as a Raleigh resident, I’ve been excited to try it.  Yes parking on Glenwood can be a pain in the butt, however if you can handle driving around a bit or walking a little, I think it’s a worthwhile cause.

http://bluemangoraleigh.com

Overall: 4.25 out of 5

Food/Beverage: 4

Value: 4

Ambiance: 5

Service: 4

Going in, we knew it was half price bottles of wine night (Wednesday).  As previously stated, this is always a selling point for me in trying a new place.  We ordered a Malbec (HD vineyard $30).

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It was very smooth and went well with the spice of our food.

What we DIDN’T know, was if you sit at the bar it is also 1/2 price appetizers on select appetizers (for now).

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As we were seated, we were informed that starting this Friday (March 28th), they are relaunching and will be offering 1/2 price on all appetizers at the bar from 5-7pm.  The ambiance at the bar was great! Seating was comfortable and chairs were far enough apart that we didn’t feel cramped in next to each other.

We ordered the Masala Mogo ($7.00 – fried yucca wedges sprinkled with sea salt, chili flakes, peppercorns served with house tamarind and habanero chutneys) and the vegetable samosas ($5.00 – crisp turnovers filled with vegetables).

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The Masala Mogo was so unique and very well seasoned.  They had a sticky sweet sauce and a nice crunchy texture.  I’ve never had anything quite like them.  I don’t think I’ve had a meal at an Indian restaurant that didn’t involve samosa.  These were equally delicious, however instead of two rather large triangles of delight, this order came with 3 very small turnovers.  The filling was well spiced and plentiful.  I also was a little bummed that they weren’t served with a mango chutney.  I really like mango chutney.

Second course was tasty!

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I decided to go with something that I had never tried instead of my go-to aloo gobi.  I went with the Shahi Paneer (homemade Indian cheese cooked with a sauce similar to tiki masala, with tomatoes and herbs) spiced to a level 3 (out of 5).

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 Gotta say, it opened up my sinuses.  The balance of cheese to tomatoes was good – plenty of each – but I would have liked a little more salt.  My dinning companion ordered the Chicken Jhalfrazie, also at a level 3 (out of 5).

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Her’s was far less spicy than mine.  It was seasoned well, the chicken was very moist and tender.  Overall, a good dish.  The garlic naan was also very tasty and went well with both dishes.

As for service, I was a little underwhelmed.  Our waiter was kind enough and knowledgeable about the menu but we had to vie for his attention to order our meal and get refills on our water.

Overall, the meal and experience was above average.  I will certainly return after the relaunch and see how things have changed.

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