Mango Tree on Blackpool Road is one of the latest additions to Preston’s takeaway scene.Advertisement
Opened in September by three friends – Foysol Amin, Milon Miah and Muhammed Ala – the Indian food spot promises “an epic ensemble of aromatic spices and fresh ingredients”.
But does it deliver on this pledge?
I was more than happy to investigate. As a Bradford lass I come from good curry stock, thanks to the strong Asian influence in the city. My first curry was a rite of passage overseen by my Dad and, as I grew up, most nights out would end at 3am with me and a group of friends in a curry house.
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While those days are long gone I’m still partial to a good curry, so my partner and I decide to order in on a lazy Sunday evening.
He goes for chicken pakora for starters, and chicken curry with a garlic naan for main.
It’s a strong start as the pakora are some of the best he’s ever had. The chicken curry, which is described on the menu simply as “medium strength and consistency”, is a big hit too. And while the garlic naan could have apparently been more garlicky, my partner makes a bold claim only a few mouthfuls in – Mango Tree is turning him into more of an curry fan than ever before.
Meanwhile I’m enjoying vegetable dopiaza, which is described as “medium hot with maximum addition of briskly fried onions and peppers”. The maximum addition of onions tastes as good as it sounds to me (just maybe not for my partner…). The dish is tasty and has a good level of spice, and it’s absolutely packed with various vegetables including broccoli, carrots and mushrooms. I scoop it up with a lovely warm chapati.
I find Indian cuisine is the type of food most likely to make me eat until I’m uncomfortably full – I mean come on, it’s just so tasty and so filling. Tonight is no different, even though I only put half of everything on my plate. I also manage to make a further two meals out of my leftovers, which I eat the following day for lunch and tea.
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While we may have stuck to the old classics tonight, the Mango Tree menu offers various specials and signature dishes that include achari (cooked in a mix of pickles and mango), sylheti naga (featuring the world’s hottest chilli), and chicken sensation (a mild, creamy curry made with vanilla ice cream).
Maybe next time we’ll be more adventurous. Either way, it looks like our new Mango Tree loyalty card could be filling up with stamps pretty quickly.