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Mango Shiva vs. Living Room

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Yes, they are totally different, I know! We are looking to try a restaurant in town we've never been to and that is a pretty short list. I have heard good things about these two but never made it to either. Any thoughts on their relative strengths/weaknesses? Thanks!

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  1. Mango Shiva - I really don't like the concept of paying a lot of money for "fancy" Indian food. It's sort of fusionie I guess; meaning kind of toned down for the masses (white people).

    Living Room - If I had to describe this restaurant in one word it would be CRAMPED, way too many tables in a small restaurant. As for the food, I thought it was good but not great.

    IF you haven't been to Rush or Alloy I would recommend them over your two choices.

    1. The new Mango Shiva has BEAUTIFUL bathrooms....but I could give or take the rest of the place. I like the decor, but my partner finds it uncomfortably trendy. The last time we were there the service was excellent. Food seemed overpriced (especially compared to the last itteration of Mango Shiva...though that could just be my rose tinted memory), and the only thing differentiating it from our run of the mill neighborhood hood tandori hut, was that it was served on an oversize, oblong plate. The food was good, but we mostly felt that we were paying for the room (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my bag).

      1. i've always liked the patio at Living Room, maybe wait until summer for that one.

        unfortunately i was at mango shiva on reopening night - very bad experience- food had promise(if it had been cooked) and very long waits - but i've heard lots of good since then, i'm sure it was just opening night problems. it is a fabulous room though

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        1. re: pants

          Hmmm....I think I will scrap both of these choices and consider Open Range instead. Have been before, but not for 2.5 years. Anyone been there recently?

          1. re: shopwinedinefine

            Have had two awesome dinners at the new Mango Shiva - all lights are green. I can't believe people moan about the price. The mushroom curry is great, the new pork dish is great and the pakoras are the greatest deep fried treat in the city. chick pea dusted feathers of parsley (amongst the usual pakora suspects). Brilliant. Lots of fun.

            I'm sure re-opening night sucked - they lost most of their cooking staff and wait staff but they are getting along just fine now.