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HE last time I’d tasted food from The Spiced Mango it was at our lo­cal pub’s curry night.

The pop­u­lar restau­rant had teamed up with The Flow­er­pot pub in Mir­field to match curry with real ale (other bev­er­ages are avail­able) and it made for great fast food.

This kind of ‘out­side cater­ing’ is ob­vi­ously dif­fer­ent to the restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence and a visit was in or­der.

The Spiced Mango – mango fea­tures heav­ily on the menu – is based in the for­mer Swan pub on the main Huddersfield to Wake­field Road at Mid­dlestown.

It opened in 2013 and quickly built a lo­cal fol­low­ing, but din­ers now travel from much fur­ther afield.

There’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion among In­dian restau­rants th­ese days and ev­ery­one has their favourite – but you have to try them all out first, right?

What’s for cer­tain is that In­dian restau­rants are get­ting more so­phis­ti­cated with their menus, just as din­ers palates de­mand more than just korma through to vin­daloo.

The Spiced Mango has all the “old school favourites” as the menu de­scribes them but they also have an ex­ten­sive choice of “sig­na­ture” dishes and that’s where I’d rather look.

Scan­ning the menu it’s clear The Spiced Mango spe­cialises in fish and other seafood. There’s the fa­mil­iar king prawns, of course, but also sal­mon, monk­fish, sea bass and Tilapia fish. Cala­mari fea­tures as a starter.

The restau­rant is li­censed, has a well-stocked bar and the din­ing area has low ceil­ings, low light­ing and an in­ti­mate ar­range­ment of ta­bles.

Week­end book­ing is es­sen­tial as it gets busy at peak times.

The restau­rant is right on the traf­fic lights in the cen­tre of the vil­lage and there’s a good-sized car park at the back.

We were warmly wel­comed and shown straight through to our ta­ble. My part­ner Sian tends to stick with what she knows when it comes to cur­ries while I like to be a bit more ad­ven­tur­ous.

It had to be the seafood for me so I went for the King Prawn Lazuk (£5.95) to start while Sian wanted the Pep­pered Cala­mari (£3.95).

I fan­cied the stir fried cala­mari too but we were both dis­ap­pointed when our server told us their sup­plier was strug­gling to get hold of cala­mari right now.

Sian switched to The Spiced Mango Spe­cial Chicken (£4.95) and it was a good sec­ond choice.

The ten­der pieces of chicken breast are coated in a zingy lime and co­rian­der dress­ing and the dish came on a siz­zling plate, the chicken tan­gled in melted moz­zarella cheese. Lovely.

The server warned me that the Lazuk was hot, and it was. The king prawns, served whole with the tail, are cooked with chunks of onions and green chillis. I was grate­ful for the iced wa­ter.

For mains Sian had the Chicken Tikka Masala (£8.95) which she loved. It’s a medium spiced au­then­tic curry and she teamed it up with some Lemon and Cashew Nut Rice (£2.75). The rice made for a nice com­bi­na­tion.

Af­ter the heat of the starter I wanted some­thing a bit more sub­tle and chose The Spiced Mango Spe­cial Monk­fish (£14.95).

The fluffy monk­fish was lightly spiced and cooked with large chunks of crunchy onions and pep­pers and the mango gave it a won­der­fully sweet taste.

The dish was pre­sented with a stack of raw sliced green chillis on the side and a mound of steamed rice.

I loved the over­all flavours of the dish, sweet and slightly spicy, but was puz­zled at the lit­tle pile of chillis.

I’m not sure what you’re sup­posed to do with them. If you munch them you end up with a burn­ing sen­sa­tion that masks the sub­tle flavours of the rest of the dish, which spoils it a bit. Maybe they were just there for dec­o­ra­tion as the plate cer­tainly looked good.

We shared a Gar­lic and Cheese Naan (£2.75) which I found a lit­tle doughy and not big enough to share.

My ver­dict? Over­all we en­joyed the meal and it’s clear this is a restau­rant not afraid of try­ing some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

Prices are at the top end and I’ve had naans twice as big for the money. Phone: Web­site: Open­ing hours: Chil­dren: The bill: Would you go back?

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