Blue Mango, situated on Regency Wharf in Birmingham, may just well be my new favourite destination when it comes to Indian Food. It combines unusual dishes with delicious flavours and great attentive service, to create a wonderful dining experience that makes you want to go back again and again. I can’t wait to pay my next visit.
We were greeted warmly on arrival and taken to our table. The restaurant has plenty of large tables to accommodate family groups, but we were seated at a cosy booth style seating area that was perfect for a couple. We were given time to peruse the menus, and order drinks. Pete (my husband) was driving so settled for a soft drink, but I was drawn to the cocktails and decided to try a Maple Leaf Martini, which was infused with a zesty orange flavour.
We started with poppadoms and condiments. I was really impressed that the poppadom selection included both spiced and plain varieties, and the sauces and salads were very tasty and balanced, with the coolness of the mint sauce perfectly complementing a sharp and spicy tamarind chutney. The starter menu had lots of things that I wanted to try, from the traditional Chicken Tikka options to various lamb options, but I decided to opt for Lahsooni jhinga, a gorgeous combination of King Prawns, coriander Polenta and sauteed asparagus. I adored this dish, the prawns had been marinated in garlic, cream cheese and yoghurt which was a super tasty treat, and with the slight hint of smokiness from the use of a char-grill clay oven.
Pete chose the Lamb Boti Kebabs, which were described as bite-sized marinated pieces of Spring lamb. He really enjoyed the flavour, which was infused with spice and juicy lamb, but was also impressed with the size of the starter, these were actually fairly substantial for ‘bite-sized’.
For our mains we opted for curry options. Blue Mango is an Indian restaurant, so there are some curries on the menu that were unfamiliar, with no balti’s or Saag dishes. The choice is not huge, but a glance at the descriptions makes you want to try pretty much everything.
I opted for the Butter Chicken option and asked for this to be a little milder – I like flavour but not too much heat. This was no problem at all. I chose Basmati Rice and Masala chips to accompany this. Pete chose the Karahi Chicken, with mushroom rice and Keema Nan bread. We were both really pleased with our choices. Both curries were packed full of chicken, so much so that neither of us were able to finish our food, we were just so full. The Basmati rice was soft and fluffy, and the Butter chicken was a lovely blend of cream and tomato – I would definitely order it again. The Karahi chicken was delicious, a spicy blend of chilli, garlic and tomato that kept revealing more layers with every spoonful. I also loved the Masala chips, such a simple idea, but so tasty. The whole meal was perfectly balanced in flavour and spice, and we enjoyed every single mouthful.
The service throughout the meal was faultless, the staff are attentive, and seem to be genuinely pleased that you are enjoying your meal. Nothing is too much trouble, and despite being busy, there was no long wait between courses, or to order extra drinks. This was the same at every table, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and welcoming, with children also enjoying food whilst we were there. For delicious food and fantastic service, you will have to look long and hard to beat Blue Mango. I can’t wait to pay another visit.
To view the Blue Mango menu, click here. Condiments start from 95p, starters range from £4.75 – £8.95, with main courses starting from £8.95.
*With thanks to Blue Mango and Mimi Moreton of the Ed James group for the opportunity to review.