★★★✩ $$-$$$ Casual Fine Dining Villa
Parking: Parking Lot
Open WiFi: WiFi password is written on all menus.
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Noise: Ambient Music
Dress code: None
Takes reservations: Yes
Mangoz Restaurant & Bar is the new and improved replacement restaurant for the once very popular Mangoz Restaurant on the Grenadine Island of Bequia. Mangoz is a fusion of a beach bar and a fine dining restaurant and it features both local and international cuisine.
Mangoz is almost all open air and the set up is beautifully minimalist with its wooden accents. The restaurant offers spectacular views of the Young Island Resort and views of the Grenadine Islands of Bequia, Balliceaux and Battowia. The ocean breezes and hint of salty air only adds to what is already a very relaxing and calming environment.
The bar itself features an eye-catching solid wooden counter-top, which is one of the most beautiful features about the restaurant. And ambient blue lighting at night meshes perfectly with its open air upscale beach bar vibe.
There are several seating options available:
- Right at the bar with its unique wooden counter-top
- Couches within the bar/lounge area
- Traditional tables within the covered space of the restaurant
- Traditional tables completely outside under the sun or stars – perfect for a cool day or night
On Friday nights the restaurant is alive with pumping music by a local DJ and there are many patrons taking part in the usual busy “after-work-lime”. By Saturday it returns to a subdued space.
As stated before, the menu is a mix of both local and international cuisine. It features appetizers such as fish cakes and mains such as rib eye steak and whole de-boned snapper. There is also a dessert menu which features made-from-scratch desserts such as coconut cream pie.
The restaurant also features a few items not listed on the menu such as blackened yellowfin tuna and lobster.
WHAT I ATE
This is a compilation review so prepare yourself for an onslaught of food. Lets begin!
Ribeye Steak with sauteed potatoes, steamed vegetables and garden salad – $75
Prosecco – $20
My mouth is watering reminiscing about this meal. It is quite possibly one of the best steaks I have had in my life. I say that firmly.
The cut was not only HUGE but perfectly grilled and seasoned. There is nothing bad I can say about this to be honest. Absolutely nothing. The steak was accompanied by steak sauce (which it really did not need) and caramelized onions which were again…perfect.
The sides were just as tasty as the steak itself. The vegetables in the garden salad were noticeably fresh and crisp and the sauteed potatoes were seasoned just right and tender but not mushy. The steamed vegetables also had just the right amount of crunch.
This was one of the best meals I have had to date and I couldn’t even finish it because…well…do you see the size of that meal?!
Grilled Lobster with Baked Potato and Grilled Vegetables – $55
So do you see that lobster on that plate? I chose, and hooked that lobster all by myself (with some guidance). I thought I was just going to be able to choose my own lobster but what a surprise it was when I was asked if I wanted to hook and pull it out of the tank. It’s unique things like this that makes Mangoz an appealing place to visit. If that isn’t a dining experience I don’t know what is.
The meal was perfection on a plate! Not many people can grill lobster well. It’s a tender meat and there’s a fine line between under cooking and over cooking it or sea food in general.
Again, I can’t say anything bad about this meal other than the fact that I wish the lobster was bigger because it was so good. The baked potato was a meal by itself and the grilled vegetables were crisp with a very nice subtle charcoal flavour.
Blackened Yellowfin Tuna with Wasabi and Soy Sauce and Steamed Vegetables – $45
This was the best grilled fish I’ve had in a very long time. The only thing that comes close is the grilled fish from Oistins Fish Market in Barbados.
The size of the fish steak was that of an actual steak and beyond what I expected. The combination of the fish and the condiments was like eating really great sushi.
My only complaint about this meal was that the vegetables were a bit bland on this occasion but nonetheless, crisp and evidently fresh.
Fish Cakes – $20
Most fish cakes that I have had were more flour than fish, they’re really just called fish cakes because there is some semblance fish in them.
The Mangoz fish cakes, however, are basically a ball of fish. If there was any flour in there or any other bonding agent, I wouldn’t know. The fish was also very tender, flaky and seasoned to perfection.
The portion, in my opinion, was pretty small but I recently went back to Mangoz and they seemed to have upped their portion size to 4 fish cakes. I’m not mad at that.
Here is where Mangoz lost half a star for me. The restaurant is new and is still finding its footing and this is evident by the quality of the service, although a restaurant being new shouldn’t mean bad service. There a few waiters who make the dining experience a joy and then there are others who make it painful, as you have to repeat your order several times and wait quite a while for a drink.
All in all the waiters, waitresses and bar tenders seem to really be trying to do their best. They’re friendly, warm and very courteous.
Mangoz is a new restaurant but it is already surpassing all expectations. The food is fantastic and the scenery cannot be beat.
Although the service is struggling somewhat, I’m sure the restaurant will find its footing shortly as it has definitely progressed from my first visit. The staff can, however, benefit from some training.
Mangoz has the ability to be one of the most popular spots on mainland St. Vincent. As long as the quality of the food remains as is or gets even better (not sure how that’s even possible) and the service improves, this spot will be a force to be reckoned with on the restaurant scene.
WOULD I RETURN?
All day, every day.