Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A few of us went over to Tewksbury for lunch a few days ago, after weeks of hearing about a Thai restaurant on Route 38 called Mango II that was getting good reviews from folks on a local forum. Someone I know also raved about the place, so we decided to head over there to get some food.
Mango II is located in a nondescript little strip mall, but the interior of the restaurant was pretty nice considering the rather unappealing exterior. Comfortable chairs and low lighting made the moderately large dining area an appealing place to have a meal. When we arrived, the dining room was pretty crowded, but we were able to get a seat right away. Unfortunately, once seated, it took a long time for us to get our order in, and a longer time for the order to come to our table. Our servers were friendly, however, and apologetic about the wait.
We started with an appetizer of steamed shumai, a type of dumpling with shrimp and chicken ground in. They were quite delicious, and the homemade soy sauce added yet more flavor to them. For our entrees, we had marine cashew nuts (scallops, calamari, and shrimp, scallops sauteed with cashew nuts and veggies in a mild chili sauce), thunder noodles (wide pan-fried rice noodles in a basil chili sauce with ground chicken and a variety of veggies), and pineapple fried rice. My dish--the thunder noodle plate--was fantastic, with a ton of heat yet enough flavor to keep the heat from overwhelming the entree. The other dishes looked good, too, though I did not get to try either one. Once we finished, we unfortunately had to wait a long time once again to get the check. With all the waiting we had to do, what should have been a one-hour lunch turned into something much longer, so I wasn't very happy about that.
Slow service aside, I loved both the appetizer and my main dish at Mango II, and am willing to try the restaurant again. But if the service is slow the next time I go, I may have to think twice before returning for a third time. Stay tuned...
If you want the address for Mango II in Tewksbury, here it is: Mango II, 2171 Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury, MA 01876. The phone number is (978) 988-9779.
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Very good food; I do takeout and will go twice a week for my mango chicken. I love it.
Posted on 7/16/08
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