A few friends and I headed over for dinner at this Jamaican / Caribbean restaurant.
Curry Goat over Rice and Beans: Very spicy and flavorful, on the good side they use very lean meat so its not greasy or heavy at all.... On the down side they use very lean meat so its not greasy and heavy at all. Let me explain, coming from a city (Toronto) with a large Caribbean population I remember the richness of my friends mothers stewed curry goat tail swimming in tasty oils with rice, beans and "coco" bread. The goat at the mango cafe is not whole pieces rather broken fibers of meat, it seems to be a "californized" version of Caribbean cuisine, very lean and healthy, Good, but different then the Caribbean food I am used to.
Other dishes we tried were Jerk Chicken, well done moist and spicy.
Chicken Roti: tasted more potato then chicken.
Chicken and Beef Jamaican Patties: Just like home.... But again without the grease!
The mango shake was HUGE, and the ginger beer really hit the spot with its bite! Both were quite refreshing and able tone down the spicy flavors.
Overall, it was a good dining experience, the waiters were very responsive and the food was prepared and brought out lightening fast. I didnt feel heavy and in need of a siesta following the meal, but you got to experience the richness of the grease and msg at least once.... If your ever visit Toronto, give me a shout and I'll point you to the places.
435 Hamilton Avenue,
Palo Alto 94034
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