Pub grub dressed up in Latino gear served in a colourful bar with music and entertainment a-plenty.
When visiting Mango, with its ripped-up multi-coloured posters, flags of the world draped around, Latino-looking menu and non-stop South American tunes tapping an incessant beat, your mind might occasionally be transported to a more exotic place. However, the rattling fruit machines and punters drinking pints at the bar will keep your feet planted firmly in Glasgow. You can order the usual nachos, fajitas and burritos here, but if you want a real South American flavour, go for empanadas to start – a kind of Columbian take on our bridies. Unlike their Scottish counterparts, these little pastries are filled with finely minced chicken, beef or prawns, and come with a salsa that has just the right amount of sass. They’re delicious. The slow-cooked cod main is pleasant, though doesn’t quite deliver on the flavour promised from the ‘tropical’ coconut sauce, and the Brazilian rump steak is tasty, if a tad chewy. Because the venue is open until 3am all week, and features live music, salsa lessons, DJs and a jumping dancefloor, it’s possible that the food might come as a side order to the sizzling Latin-flavoured party.
- High point: Lots of live entertainment
- Low point: Some dishes a little lacklustre
- Notable dish: Colombian empanadas – one each of the prawn, chicken and beef
- Private dining: 40, 80 and 150 (three separate rooms)
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rumba, samba, salsa - you name it, if it's Latin American, it's on the stereo
- Live entertainment: DJs, live bands, salsa and bachata dance classes, open mic nights, accoustic sets
- Capacity: 100 (4 outdoors)
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £11 per bottle