I’ve passed by Sweet Mango a million times but have never had any urge to check them out. Asian “fusion” is already a warning sign. I’ll never understand restaurants that do two cuisines; it’s already hard enough to do one justice. It’s located beside a 7 Eleven.
This is one of Breezy’s favourite restaurants so we decided to check them out on a late Thursday evening for dinner.
The decor is old and outdated, the lighting beyond ghetto. Even for a Viet/Thai restaurant, this is bare bones. Another bad sign: our waitress wasn’t Asian. I’m not even done – to make matters even worse, we were only given one pair of chopsticks because they “ran out” of clean ones. What the truck.
Hey, at least you can save 10% if you’re a poor ass student. Only valid Monday to Friday (according to their website).
Peanut saté beef soup (#29) ($9.95)
Rice noodles with thinly sliced well-done beef in a spicy peanut chilli paste broth. I wasn’t expecting much for my bowl and that was a good thing. Broth was very one dimensional, bland and they were incredibly stingy with the beef slices. I ate it because I was starving.
Combo pork meat balls, grilled lemongrass pork & spring rolls (#39) ($11.95)
Vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, shredded lettuce, cucumber, carrots and green onions. I never order vermicelli bowls but this is Breezy’s favourite thing on Sweet Mango’s menu. Her go to order. The meat was dry and the flavours boring. I don’t feel the need to expand on how mediocre everything was.
Do yourself a favour and drive the extra 5 minutes back to the Whyte where there’s a wealth of solid options.
9120 – 82 Avenue