MangoSeed: Breaking Through a Crowded Caribbean Scene

MangoSeed is a shining star among many of the restaurants popping up on Flatbush Avenue, serving spins on traditional Caribbean cuisine alongside a tasty cocktail menu with some delightfully stiff drinks. There are a lot of Caribbean restaurants and shops in Flatbush. So, what sets MangoSeed apart?

First off, they do it well. There are some Caribbean dishes that are tried and true, and it certainly  is not easy to summon up the complex flavors of the West Indies. A prime example is braised oxtail, which can typically take hours and often go awry. At MangoSeed, the oxtail glistens with gravy, mixing succulent, sweet pieces of braised meat with the hearty mound of rice and peas.

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Braised oxtail, rice and peas, greens

The flavors are well-developed – that’s for sure. MangoSeed takes it a step further by elevating these dishes with beautiful presentations and slight adjustments to classic flavors. My favorite dish is the Mango Pico de Gallo Jerk Salmon entree, which is plated on top of a salad comprised of shaved brussel sprouts and corn. It’s refreshing to see a healthy take on a jerk platter. Furthermore, it’s not in a take-out bin. Take a look for yourself below:

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Jerk salmon, mango pico de gallo, shaved brussel sprouts and roasted corn, sweet plantains

Pro tip: Try the jerk fish tacos. Even though they aren’t pictured in this post, trust me when I say they are not to be missed!

BrklynHospitality’s Quick & Dirty: 3.5/5. MangoSeed places a unique twist on West Indian cuisine. Don’t get me wrong – the food here is super tasty. You can find traditional and modern presentations of your favorite West Indian dishes. I had to ding MangoSeed by 1/2 a point because they are working through some issues with service speed. With that being said, it’s getting better and well worth the wait. Swing by for a hearty brunch or dinner! If you love it like I do, check out their sister restaurant Zuri Lee Pizza a few doors down. 

MangoSeed Restaurant
757 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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