We wandered down the hill and walked into the restaurant that is surrounded by tropical gardens. As the outdoor tables had been set for couples, we sat at one of the indoor tables. Mangoes is a child-free resort but as the restaurant is not exclusive to those staying at the resort, so children are welcome at all times. As we had one very hungry nine-year old with us, what a relief!
The restaurant has a tropical feel and is surrounded by well-established gardens. Timber shutters replace glass windows however, as it was blowing a gale, some of the shutters were later closed so we wouldn’t be swept from our seats.
After I ordered, I took a stroll around the resort. Most of the accommodation at Mangoes is in individual fares that are scattered around the resort. I prefer this style of accommodation over the alternative apartment accommodation as it seems more in keeping with the traditional way of life in Vanuatu. The fares seem very well spaced so you have tranquility and privacy.
Ten of the rooms have private swimming pools or alternatively, there are three swimming pools at this boutique resort. There is also a gym and a tennis court.
But back to the restaurant. Miss Arabella started the day with a Virgin Mary and as she had a sore throat, really enjoyed the heat from the tabasco sauce.
Alfie ordered a fruit smoothie and didn’t like it but that’s not to say there was anything wrong with it; he’s just a boy who’s fussy. I thought it looked very pretty.
He also ordered the French toast with maple syrup and banana and this looked outstanding. He ate every bit of this and we all eyed it off enviously.
I was so hungry from the meagre dinner on the plane the night before that I thought something substantial was required so ordered the Eggs Benedict. On the menu it said it came with ham but I asked if instead I could have bacon. Three of us ordered the Eggs Benedict, some with ham and some with bacon but at the end of the day, they all looked the same.
The poached eggs were runny which is always a relief and apart from not being able to work out if I was eating ham or bacon, this was a good Eggs Benedict.
I also ordered a side of hash browns that I was disappointed to find were of the type you normally find in the freezer section at the local supermarket. They were a little oily and soggy, however, at 200 vt (around AUS$2.50), very reasonably priced.
Archie was ravenous and so ordered the Steak, Eggs ‘n’ Chips. The menu said the steak was organic beef from Santo and that the cut was scotch fillet. Archie ordered the steak medium-rare and asked for his eggs to be ‘sunny-side up’. He was very disappointed to find the steak very thin and very grey and very over-cooked. Not a good introduction to the famous organic beef industry of Vanuatu.
The service was relatively fast which was a bonus as you hear a lot in Vanuatu about how long you usually have to wait between ordering and seeing your food emerge from the kitchen.
Overall, I found dining at Mangoes to be a hit-and-miss affair however, you don’t visit Vanuatu because you want incredible dining experiences, you go to experience a tropical paradise, gorgeous scenery and the beautiful people. Our dining experience at Mangoes is probably fairly typical of dining out in Vanuatu.
Mangoes Resort and Restaurant: Captain Cook Avenue, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Ph: +678 24923