Jan 01 2013

First Take: Blue Mango in Raleigh for Stylish Indian

Upscale interior at Blue Mango in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


When I think of Indian food, images of a hole-in-the-wall, tandoori smoked dining room with paper menus come to mind.  But out here in North Carolina, Indian cuisine takes on a more upscale presentation, whether you’re talking about Saffron or my favorite, Mantra Indian.  Add Blue Mango on S. Glenwood to the gourmet Indian mix.  Located about 3 blocks from Mantra, Blue Mango is located on the same block with Zaky and Tobacco Road Sports.  Inside the place is upscale and modern, water sculpture in front and a large bar backed by colored light squares and TV’s.  The dining room is large, mostly four tops with a handful of small high-back upholstered booths on the side.  My friends in stopped in for lunch which presented a limited menu of entrees along with soup-salad and rice-naan.  I went with my usual favorite, chicken tikka masala along with a side chicken biryani for the table.


Chicken biryani at Blue Mango in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


Drinks are brought to the table along with our soups and salads.  Immediately I notice the large plates for the salads which means a big presentation.  My soup is a mild, tomato puree which is decent but not a creamy as I’d prefer.  Next comes a nice basket of soft, nicely baked naan, without much oil or butter.  My main shows up in a art-deco white bowl along with a large cup of chicken biryani.  My first bite of the tikka masala is decent but not great.  The sauce seems a bit simple and lacking the depth of what I’m used to: tomato, spicy, creamy and rich.  The chicken chunks are decent but again, they don’t blow me away.  The biryani is solid but a bit over-cooked with the rice sticking together in clumps.  Typically I prefer the biryani tossed where the grains of rice are separated a bit.  And while I can’t say the dishes I tried at Blue Mango were bad, I wasn’t overly impressed either.  One area where they also need work is the service.  While they are going for the hip-black mod look, I found the staff a bit aloof and unpolished.  It took a while for the drinks to make it to the table and I had an overall feeling that they were just not that service-oriented.  So what can I say, the Indian food and offerings at Blue Mango are ok but with Mantra right around the corner, I doubt I’ll be here too often even though it’s in my hood.


Blue Mango
222 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27603


Menu at Blue Mango
Location on Google maps
Blue Mango Indian Cuisine on Urbanspoon


  1. kelley chisholm

    Agreed. Love the atmosphere of this place and will definitely go back for drinks at the bar. But my husband and I felt the food was not as good as other Indian places in Raleigh, such as Azitra in Brier Creek. We are looking forward to trying Mantra soon.

  2. Ron Wen

    Hey Kelly, had to re-schedule this post but as an FYI, I think the chef at Blue Mango came from Azitra or so I had heard! But definitely try Mantra, let me know what you think. And a happy 2013 to you!

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