On Valentine’s Day my boyfriend finally took me to Mambo’s, an Italian restaurant in his home town Irlam. He’s been telling me how nice it is there for roughly the same amount of time we’ve been together, over 5 years! So I had high expectations for the meal, and it certainly did not disappoint!
As it was Valentine’s Day the restaurant was decorated appropriately with hearts and balloons and things, with love songs playing in the background. It was all very romantic! The actual decor of the restaurant is really nice too, it feels quite authentic. We were seated straight away as we’d made a reservation and we got to sit in a corner where we could see the rest of the room. I loved this as I am an avid people-watcher! Part of my psychology education I think.
Our waitress took our drink orders and they came almost immediately which was great. I had the house wine and Chris had a beer. We then started reading our menus and whilst the size of the menu doesn’t rival a chain restaurant, everything on it sounded delicious. We decided to share a cheesy garlic pizza, and Chris ordered Penne all’Amatriciana (macaroni with bacon, chilli and tomato sauce) whilst I ordered something which I can’t remember the name of. It was a pasta dish though, with tomato, chilli, garlic, chorizo and olives.
As with the drinks, the starter came really quickly. I’d say the garlic pizza was around 10″, which was perfect for sharing between two people. It was really nice with just the right amount of cheese that it didn’t overwhelm the garlic. A man I’m assuming was the owner of the restaurant asked us if we were ready for our main when he saw that we had finished our garlic bread, and the mains came soon after.
Both mine and Chris’ pasta dishes were delicious (I couldn’t resist stealing a bit of his!). The original recipe for my pasta had aubergines in, and this is one of the vegetables I really can’t stand eating, so when we ordered I requested to have the pasta cooked without it. They were happy to oblige, and when it came to eating the meal it made it much more enjoyable for me as I didn’t have to keep picking out bits of aubergine!
When it came to ordering something for dessert, we were both quite full but I couldn’t leave without trying something! So we shared the Pudino Casalingo Al Cioccolato, which was a mascapone infused chocolate pudding, served warm with chocolate sauce and ice cream. Again, this was gorgeous, although I was glad we were sharing as it was quite rich.
Our meal came to around £28, which for the quality of the food was amazing. The service we received was friendly and fast, although not done in a way that you felt rushed to leave. I would definitely go back! If you fancy trying a new place to eat, give Mambo’s a go! They can be contacted on 0161 777 8282 if you want to make a reservation, and are found at 593 Liverpool Rd, Irlam, Manchester, M44 5BE.