Mango Grove and Mirchi Wok are re-opening off Dobbin Road in Columbia, and the owner says that they're aiming to fire up the Indian food by Christmas.
I stopped by the shopping center because La Casa De Sweets tweeted about a menu on the door of the former Mongolian Grill. Rohit mistook me for someone coming to work on the space, and he came out to talk to me. My cardinal rule is that I'm not a reporter, but I had to ask Rohit when I was going to get to eat a Mango Grove dosa again. The giant crepes filled with vegetables make this one of my favorite kitchens in Howard County.
The new Mango Grove will be about the size of the combined restaurants from their old location, which was bulldozed to make way for a drive-through Starbucks. They're building out two kitchens -- one vegetarian for the Mango Grove menu heavy on southern Indian items and one meat for Mirchi Wok's Indo-Chinese selections.
The veg section will include an open kitchen right at the entrance. It's the space where Mongolian's chefs cooked the food, and it will let you watch the dosas as they crisp up.
Mango Grove & Mirchi Wok (aiming to open December 2011)
8865 Stanford Boulevard
NEAR: This is the shopping center that faces Dobbin Road south of Rte 175. You enter by turning from Dobbin onto Standard Boulevard. This has Pub Dog, Hanamura, Riverside Coffee and Noodles Corner.