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New gem brings remarkable flavors to Bellmore!

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Mango Indian Cuisine

2920-2922 Merrick Road, Bellmore

(516) 809-9927

While Mango Indian Cuisine only opened several weeks ago, management behind it is quite well seasoned. Sewa Singh, who also owns House of India in Huntington Village, boasts 20 years in the restaurant industry. Joining him at Mango are his son, Virpartap Singh, and his daughter, Simran Kaur. Still a work in progress — as they await table candles and embellishments for the walls — the intimate space is sleek yet cozy, offering rave-worthy Northern Indian food and top-notch service.

Their expansive menu had options for everyone, from meat aficionados and seafood lovers to vegetarians. Lunch Special — soup, Nan, chutney, rice and a main dish — is $11. From the dinner menu, soups, chutneys, salads, breads, and hot appetizers range from $3 to 13. Entrees (chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetable, Tandoori, and Biryani rice specialties), are $15 to $27. Desserts are $6 and $7. Children can be accommodated.

How mild or spicy your food will be is your choice ... just ask. If there is something you'd like that's not on the menu, if they have the ingredients, they are happy to prepare it. Management is friendly and very accommodating. Portions are quite generous.

We started with Mango Lassi, a refreshing, creamy yogurt beverage. Mango Special Variety Tray wowed us with a sampling of hot appetizers — crisp vegetable and meat Samosa, Bhujia (vegetable fritters), potato, cheese and chicken Pakora (batter fried), and a basket of Papadam (spicy Indian crackers) with three chutneys on the side.

Entrees include Basmati rice. Chicken Tikka Masala, boneless white meat, arrived in delicious sauce made with cream, tomato, green pepper, onion and spices. Lamb Mango, so tender, no knife needed, was dressed in a sweet brown mango/saffron sauce. Saag Paneer, a hearty blend of spinach, homemade cheese and curry, was amazing on nan bread or mixed with rice. Garlic Nan, one of 15 freshly baked breads, was served straight from the oven.

All Tandoori items (chicken, fish, lamb, cheese) are cooked on skewers in a charcoal clay oven, served with rice and curry sauce on the side. Mixed Tandoori platter offered a variety — several types of chicken, lamb Boti, and Seikh kebab — minced lamb blended with Indian spices.

Desserts are all made on premises. We shared and enjoyed Rasmalai, a traditional favorite – soft, sweet Indian cheese in cream sauce, served chilled. Gulab Jamun, Kulfi, and homemade ice cream are also on the menu.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Monday. Reservations are suggested. Delivery, catering and take-out are available.

Recommendations:

• Mango Lassi

• Garlic Nan

• Mango Special Variety Tray (assorted appetizers)

• Chicken Tikka Masala

• Lamb Mango

• Mixed Tandoori Platter

• Saag Paneer

• Rasmalai