In the Spokane area, there are several great options for Indian cuisine, but recently a new name has begun to rise in the downtown area. With locations in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, The Mango Tree is producing delicious, hand-crafted Indian food.
Some friends and I went see what all the buzz was about. It was surprisingly packed for a Tuesday night and we waited several minutes for a table for five to open up.
Though service was a bit slow, when the food finally arrived, it made up for it in flavor, quality and quantity. Sides ranged from $2 to $5 and mains ranged from $12 to $20. I was perfectly full after my own meal however the dishes could be shareable for a light meal.
The curry bowls seem to be the go-to option as four of the five of us chose from that part of the menu. I had a mango curry bowl with paneer, and my friends tried the chicken tikka masala, grilled chicken and butter chicken. The meals come with both a tray of plain naan bread for the table and individual rice bowls if you ordered from the curry bowl section of the menu.
The paneer was about the same as any other paneer, but the centerpiece of the meal was the curry sauce. It was creamy, sweet, savory, mango-y and melted in your mouth. The only problem is that the menu is so big and there were so many other vegetarian choices that I might have to rotate my orders when I come back.
The chicken tikka masala curry bowl received similar reviews of the mango curry from the two who ordered it. They described the flavors as familiar and delicious, but the look of it was a bit darker than normal. The color, however, did not seem to impact its flavor or their satisfaction.
The butter chicken curry sauce was delicious and the meal as a whole was amazing according to my friend that ordered it.
The last choice was grilled chicken which came with a side salad as well as the rice and naan. Though The Mango Tree mastered the sauces, maybe the grilled options aren’t the first for our liking as the chicken was a bit dry.
The menu as a whole has a variety of options offering wraps, a chicken sandwich and even burgers with both beef and veggie choices as alternatives to the curry and grilled entrees.
The location in the middle of downtown is awesome, but parking is difficult so I suggest public transit, walking or biking. The interior decoration is very modern and open with great art and atmosphere.
There is a taproom in the way back if you prefer to go for a drink, however the primary use of the establishment is the restaurant. The Mango Tree, 401 W. Main Ave., is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.