We went to the Purple Mango last night for a family members birthday. The last time I went was for a takeaway, and by some way was the worst I've ever had. Ever. Overcooked old mutton in a lamb dish that was literally like the curried soles of a shoe. It was inedible.
I did roll my eyes when we were asked to go for a sit down meal, so decided to give the benefit of the doubt. The restaurant is clean, and decor is modern, with attentive staff, but odd choice in background music.
We didn't opt for starter, although my sons wanted a kebab each.The quality was poor, and mushy. Even at their ages they were disappointed.
On to the main courses, the portions are small, and lack any depth of flavour. The meat, and not just my opinion, appeared from the cheapest cuts the chef can scrape off the bone; overcooked again and seem to not grasp marinating shouldn't dry the dish out. I went for a garlic lamb madras, which was just served as a curry gravy, with tough meat and extra garlic and chillies.
My sons shared a tandoori chicken, and I nearly sent it back. Two of the most stringiest chicken legs I've ever seen. They were left quite hungry afterwards. General thoughts around the table was similar.
The bill, was unexpectedly high too. This restaurant is in a drive-to backwater of Banbury, not the town centre (where TBH it would struggle). There were 18 of us, but were charged £32 just for 4 plates (30)of popodoms! Estimating one course and and two drinks, you are still looking at £20-25 a head. Much higher than equivalent establishments.
This restaurant as someone else has pointed out, seems to be all about charging way over the odds for food with the cheapest possible ingredients. It's a competitive world out there, and more customers are quite rightly being frugal with their money. A night out in a restaurant is a treat, and want to have the best experience possible. I can't say the Purple Mango grasps this.
I won't be returning, and wouldn't recommend to anyone with at least half a taste bud to either.
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