I had never heard of Thai Mango before, so when the slot machine that is the Urbanspoon App came to a rest, all I could think was, “I like Thai. I like Mango.” My foodsploration had begun.
From the outside, we could clearly see what we were in for. This corner of the strip mall had windows for walls and the restaurant was brightly lit. There were a few groups seated at the tables, but most of the somewhat large dining room was empty. No matter. Just because no one’s discovered it yet doesn’t mean it isn’t discoverable.
Once inside, we found the atmosphere quite relaxed. The waiting area was spacious. Potted plants added a touch of comfort. Only the pop music really seemed out of place. The hostess seemed to be a little preoccupied, but it was only a few seconds before she took us to our table – a table which must have come from an old diner’s going out of business sale. It wasn’t greasy and it didn’t wobble, but seemed like it had been purchased as an afterthought. For a restaurant, the quality of your tables should be more important than the quality of your décor. Thai mango didn’t have much décor, so they’re safe.
A man who didn’t seem to speak much English came around to fill our drinks. Shortly after, the hostess (now our server) came to take our order. She spoke English like she was raised in the States (which she probably was). Sadly, she still seemed just as preoccupied and perhaps a little short (in attitude, not height . . . well, she was short in height too).
The selection on the menu seemed very complete. There were drinks, desserts, soups, salads, curries, appetizers, and nearly a dozen main dishes. We ordered the massaman curry (a favorite Thai dish, with sticky rice) and the pad kee maow with beef (a new experience, with medium spiciness). The curry was as good as we could have wanted – perhaps a little bit sweeter than in other places, but not so much that it spoiled the dish. The pad kee maow was very enjoyable, and for those who enjoy some spice I would definitely recommend it here. The presentation was very simple – just food on plates and in bowls. Even the utensils simply came wrapped in a paper napkin. There was nothing about it to make us think, “this is special.”The bill was slightly less than $20 (before tip).
By the time we left, we were been able to strike up a small conversation with our server. She actually was quite nice when not trying to take care of too many people (though, there weren’t that many, and really it shouldn’t matter if there were). Thai Mango has the sort of food it takes to bring customers in, but they need a few more workers and some better customer service to keep them coming back.
Pros: Good food, clean environment, low prices.
Cons: Slightly disappointing customer service, dining area feels like a work in progress.