5228 Monroe St.; Toledo, OH
Hours: Wed - Mon 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
(419) 517 - 0261
This place used to be Charley's Mediterranean Grill, but Charley's closed down. Next it was something else, or maybe it was going to be something else that didn't happen and it got that deserted look for a while. I was driving by the other day and I saw activity and a new sign going up, so naturally when it opened for business I had to try it out.
AMango is a proprietorship, and the owner is on site. That's the good news. The bad news is that the proprietor's English is not what it might be. Her attitude is in the right place though, and that counts for a lot.
The interior of Charlie's underwent a radical modification which was desperately needed, and the designer did a nice job. The tables are comfortably far apart and the color scheme is nice. There are two dining areas divided by a partition, which I think might be a holdover from the old 'smoking section' era.
The place offers Vietnamese food along with a smaller selection of Thai and Chinese dishes. I've had the spring rolls, which are not the deep fried concoction you'll find at a typical Chinese restaurant. Instead, the spring roll consists of rice, vegetables and shrimp rolled up in rice paper and served with an excellent peanut sauce. I recommend the spring rolls with the forewarning that the portion is large. You'll either share the dish or take most of it home with you.
I've had the pad thai and several other dishes, and all are excellent if a little bland for my own taste. Fortunately for me, each table is provided with several kinds of chili sauce which I used with some caution - the red sauce in the small glass bowl is potent.
The service at AMango is a little spotty, but your mileage may vary. The place was crowded while I was there for lunch and the waitress greeted me right away, got my drink order and placed my lunch order, all in good time. The kitchen is quick, and I did not have to wait for my lunch. The difficulty came after I was served my lunch when the waitress failed to check back with me. I think this was due to there being only one waitress for the entire dining room combined with a language barrier - the waitress spoke very little English. I believe she wanted to provide good service, but I think she understood about half of what I was saying. I note that everyone speaks fluent Vietnamese which I handle as well as a pair of chop sticks - I eat with a fork.
AMango has just opened and I hope the place makes it. The location is not perfect and their prices are on the high side, but I think that the quality of the food and the good will of the staff will get customers to return. I know I'll be back.
- Ambiance: 7
- Service: 7
- Food: 9