This was one of the freshest salad I’ve ever eaten. I’m a mango fiend, so pretty much anything with mangos in it will win me over. But the combination of Bengali spiced cucumber, cilantro, mint, mango, cherry tomatoes, baked paneer and toasted nuts was unbelievable. Everything was just right, the cucumbers brought in a nice hint of spice, the toasted nuts added crunch, and the mango citrus dressing just brought the whole salad together. Best. Salad. Ever.
This was a fairly sized pizza, I think I only ate 3/4 of it and gave the rest to the bf. This was topped with sautéed onions, peppers, cilantro, mango chutney, mozzarella, and spiced yogurt. This was kind of a let down after the amazing salad. Whoever put the sauce on was waaaay too heavy handed. I couldn’t even pick up a slice of pizza without the whole thing drooping. I had to knife and fork this thing. Very heavy and very saucy.
The bf got the spicy lamb burger
The patty on this burger was almost non-existent. Mango Shiva was definitely skimming on the meat. The big bed of greens on top of the bun was probably just to hide how small the patty was. Bf was not happy about that. The burger came with a side of pakoras. Those were tasty, wouldn’t have complained if Mango Shiva would have put more on the plate.
The bf got the Gulab Jamun:
I knew, from previous experiences, that I do not like this dessert, but the bf has never had it so he ordered it. Traditionally they are made by deep frying a batter mixed with flour and milk solids. I’m not sure if Mango Shiva makes them the traditional way or just with the powder stuff that can be bought at ethnic stores these days. The bf also did not like these. They are very sweet (as they were soaked in rose and cardamom syrup) and has an odd mushy texture.
For dessert I got the Basmati rice pudding:
This was definitely the better of the two desserts. The reason that this $15 menu is such a great deal is because the dessert course also came with traditional Indian chai, Masala.
Our waitress was not aware of the complimentary Chai when we asked for it. We had to point it out on the menu for her. I hate it when that happens, its embarrassing and awkward for both parties.
218 8th Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 1B5