I've been meaning to try Mango Shiva
for a few years now... but usually when I'm downtown on Stephens Avenue, it's normally during a Saturday afternoon, when they're not opened. This one weekday, we were downtown and decided to finally make our stop in!
This visit was during a cold spell, so we quickly went in and ordered some Chai Tea
and it came out on a tray with lovely presentation! The tea was quite alright, even though I preferred it a little more flavourful with spices! But, I guess there are different types of chai!
We knew we were going to order some curries and split them over rice and naan, and this naan selection is fantastic, I've never tried Honey Coconut Naan
which I knew I was going to get immediately! I didn't care what curries we get, it was the naan I wanted to try! I'm so glad I did, it was a subtle sweet with shredded coconut inside. The best part was, I watched the cook make the naan which must've made it a few notches better!
Like everyone else in the world, I do like Butter Chicken
so I got an order of that! It was creamy and smooth and just as a butter chicken sauce should be. There wasn't a ton of pieces of chicken, but what we had was extremely delicious and flavourful. Their tomato sauce was the perfect sauce to go with my rice!
My husband appreciates spicier food, and he loves vindaloo, so we also ordered the Vindaloo Pork
which does sound a little funny, but it was a wonderful balance of sweet and spice! They described it as braised pork shoulder and belly in spicy potato vegetable curry with pineapple salsa! I don't usually eat that spicy, but it was manageable and quite fragrant and flavourful - especially with the sweet naan!
I love this place, even though it's out of my way and a bit pricy for what we got, I still really enjoyed it. I like that it's not the typical East Indian restaurant and that the menu items aren't the same stuff! So, overall I was really happy and we left with a warm and full belly! The service was top notch and it was just a warm and inviting environment!
218 8 Ave SW