Go Mango!

John and I are in Courtenay for a few days because his mum is in hospital and we’re trying to help with arrangements for the next phase of her care. My own parents died in the last year – well, November 2009 and November 2010 – so we have the sad sense that certain chapters of our lives are coming to a close. We’ve taken the ferry across the strait of Georgia so many times to visit our parents and increasingly now we come to settle their affairs. We passed a field of swans on our way to the hospital and young eagles jousting in tall cedars above the estuary. Things change, and don’t change.

It was very nice to find a wonderful place to eat this evening. Go Mango opened in December, we were told by the personable young man in the bright restaurant on 8th Street. He recommended the evening’s special: Tandoori Showdown. We each ordered that, as well as a bottle of Crios Torrontes from Argentina, a perfect crisp lemony wine to accompany the excellent food that arrived at our table. Tandoori chicken, deep red with spices and tender with its yoghourt marinade. A skewer of prawns, in the same rich sauce. Cubes of paneer, spicy with peas and chilies. Potatoes and chickpeas. A lovely fresh raita and a complex chutney. Fragrant basmati rice, of course. There was also a platter of naan bread and paratha stuffed with potatoes and aromatics. John had dessert – Gulab Jamun, deep fried morsels served with rice pudding and rosewater ice-cream. Luckily we had a long walk back to our motel.

I know it’s the style now to offer enticing photographs to accompany descriptions of meals. You will have to use your imagination for our dinner. Long white platters with arrangements of well-prepared food, a bottle of chilled wine beaded with moisture, little planters of green grass on the table to remind us of spring.

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~ by theresakishkan on March 28, 2011.

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