Right before we left on vacation, Trev and I had dinner at Mini Mango Modern Vietnamese Bistro. It's really close to our house, and I'm not quite sure why we haven't tried it before, but I'm glad that we finally discovered it.
The restaurant is small, but cozy with a funky Asian flair. I loved all the colourful photos of Vietnam they had on the wall of the dining room; they reminded me of our trip to S.E. Asia and made me wish I could go back. Service at Mini Mango is lunch-counter-style, requiring you to order at the counter then take a seat, where your order will be delivered to you. I would suggest snagging a table before you place your order because it was busy the whole time we were in there, and you want a place to enjoy your delicious meal, right? Oh, I think they also have take-out and delivery options.
Their menu features Vietnamese and Thai dishes, and everything on the board sounded good. It was a tough choice, but I eventually decided on the Peanut Satay Soup. It was delicious and spicy with slices of rare beef, vermicelli noodles, cucumber, green onion and roasted peanuts. I loved it, but I couldn't quite finish it; the bowl was huge!
Trev's mind was made up the instant he saw red curry on the menu. It's his favourite and he's always on the lookout for the best. He ordered his curry with chicken and a side of coconut rice. There were lots of veggies in the curry and the chicken was tender, but we both found the curry to be a bit too sweet. It was good, and we both agreed we would eat it again, but it wouldn't be a favourite.
We also ordered spring rolls, because they're delicious AND we wanted to try more of what Mini Mango had to offer. While we were traveling in Cambodia and Thailand we developed a 'spring roll rating system'. It was a 10-point scale that we used on the many, many spring rolls we ate there, and we continue to use it now that we're home. I would rate Mini Mango's spring rolls as a 7 - a pretty decent score. The filling was tasty and the wrapper was golden and crispy, but not too oily. Mmmm, spring rolls...
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Mini Mango, and I'm already looking forward to our next visit. There are so many things I want to try: banh mi, mango salad, tom yum soup, lemongrass creme caramel...looks like we will be making several return visits!