Last week I tried out the food and cocktail menus at Mango on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Mango is a South American restaurant, bar and club which has a license until 3am – something hard to find in Glasgow. It’s deceivingly big, with several dining areas and an upstairs club area. The walls are stripped back to the bare brick, parquet flooring and the original wrought iron windows. Against this old fashioned, industrial looking canvas there are neon signs, flags of Latino countries, an island style bar and colourful pieces of art. If you have the option, request a seat in the back, where my photographs of the restaurant are taken from.
I visited to review their menu, but they have some great drinks deals during the week and if you’re looking for somewhere to go in Glasgow either for an early or later night out, Mango is definitely budget friendly and has a really cool atmosphere. From Sundays through to Wednesdays, tequila is 99p, vodka and a mixer is £1.60, the beer of the week £1.80 and all cocktails on the menu are £3.50.
Alongside our meals we had a selection of coctails; the Mango No 5, Mango Bellini and Watermelon Martini, all of which are priced at £7.50 Thursday through Saturday. The food menu consists of a mixture of tapas and main courses, each coming with a description of both ingredients and information about the dish and its country of origin, which I thought was a really cool touch:
- Colombian Empanadas (£5.95) – The menu offers empanadas filled with shredded chicken, beef or prawns, I opted for chicken. These four pastries were filled with chicken in a unexpectedly creamy sauce and alongside Aji, a spicy tomato based sauce with cilantro, onion and Aji pepper. They were soft and not flaky in the way empanadas can sometimes be served, and were lightly fried. A light, tasty dish that can be both a starter and part of a larger tapas order.
- Nachos (£5.95) – These nachos were packed with toppings. Served on a bed of sweet and spicy salsa salty tortilla chips were topped with guacamole, sour cream and more salsa. Plenty of toppings and a generous serving, my only critique is I wish they came with jalapenos and cheese.
- Pollo con Chorizo (£10.90) – Pan fried chicken and chorizo served alongside green beans, courgettes and a portion of white rice. The chicken in this dish was tender, the chorizo was both sweet and slightly smoky and the vegetables soaked up all of the rich flavours of the meat. I was impressed by the size of this portion, as well as the flavour of the meats and their accompanying sauce.
- Burritos (£8.90) – I had a chicken burrito along with side dishes of cheese and sour cream. The meat was tender and easy to pull apart, much like that in the previous main dish. There were a lot of peppers, green and red, in it as well as some lettuce, guacamole and refried beans.
- Churros con Chocolate (£4.50) – I love churros, and these ones were no exception. They were dusted in cinnamon and sugar and served with a rich, dark chocolate dipping sauce.
Overall, the food at Mango was pretty good, but by no means the best Latin food I’ve tasted in Glasgow. The cocktails were really good, and so I think this would be a great place to come on a night out.
373 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3HU.