I absolutely adore Thai food so when I was invited to go along and review Mango Tree in Belgravia, I jumped at the chance. And it’s not just the food I love but the culture too. I’ve been to Thailand twice and I can honestly say it’s the friendliest country I have ever visited so I wasn’t surprised to find that we were made to feel very welcome when we arrived for our booking last Friday night.
Mango Tree is a modern, Feng shui designed Thai restaurant which has been featured on BBC’s Masterchef and is an OpenTable Diners’ Choice 2016 winner. The interior is all dark wood, fresh flowers and perfectly lit. We started first in the bar, which was very cool with its blue lighting and candle-lit tables. I tried the Mango Fizz, their signature cocktail which is made of Amaretto, fresh mango juice and topped with champagne and my husband opted for a glass of champagne. The drinks were served with delicious roasted peanuts. I don’t know about you, but I love something to nibble on with a drink!
After we finished our drinks we were shown to our table where we then had the tough job of deciding what to order. Luckily we had some yummy Thai crackers to munch on and a chilled bottle of Louis Roederer champagne to start with while we decided. The menu consists of food from the four main culinary regions of Thailand – rich and mild dishes from the north, spicy dishes from the east, hot and spicy dishes from the south and milder dishes from the central region, which are influenced by China’s cuisine. If you have trouble deciding, there are a few set menus so that you can sample a few dishes and if you are pescatarian or vegetarian there are set menus for you too or plenty of non-meat dishes to choose from on the A La Carte menu.
As we love to try a bit of everything, we opted for the Mango Tree platter to start, which consisted of chicken satay, spicy Thai fish cakes, vegetable spring rolls and deep fried minced king prawn. The starters were served with sweet vinegar dipping sauce, satay sauce and sweet chilli sauce. The starters were delicious!
We ordered three dishes, to share, for our mains – Pad Thai Gai, Gaeng Kiew Wan (green curry with chicken) and Goong Pad Kratiem or stir-fried king prawns with garlic, soy sauce and black pepper. The Pad Thai was quite sweet compared to others we’ve had. I enjoyed it but my husband found it a bit too sweet for his palate. The green curry was really spicy so if you don’t like your curry too hot, be sure to mention it when you order. The stir-fried king prawns were absolutely delicious! Definitely my favourite dish and as my husband doesn’t eat prawns, I got to have it all to myself!
As if that wasn’t enough food, of course we had to try some dessert. I went with our waiter’s recommendation, which was a chocolate bomb which melted when salted caramel sauce was poured over it to reveal a centre filled with Matcha ice-cream. It was so decadent and very rich! If you love chocolate and have a sweet tooth, you will be in dessert heaven. My husband had the mango sticky rice – slightly more traditional and definitely less sweet than mine.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Mango Tree. From the moment we walked in, we experienced warm, friendly and excellent service and the food was great (and plentiful). If you’re looking to experience authentic Thai food in a modern setting, then definitely give Mango Tree a try.
Our meal was complimentary in exchange for an honest review.