Mango Tree (Review)
Thai cuisine is best known for its unique combination of flavours, attention to detail, vibrant colours and spiciness. Situated in the heart of Belgravia, London, Mango Tree serves exactly that with innovative yet classic Thai cuisine. Your Thai experience begins the moment you arrive. The restaurant has a Feng-shui layout, which is reminiscent of the restaurants in Thailand, with a spacious dinning area, sleek surfaces and low ambient lighting.
Upon arrival we made our way over to the stylish bar area and browsed through their menu of Thai inspired cocktails. I ordered the Caribbean kiss, which is made with Havana rum, crème de framboises, raspberry puree, fresh limejuice. My boyfriend had the Director Special, one of their non-alcoholic cocktails, which is made with fresh mango juice, lychee juice and grenadine. Both of our drinks were really refreshing and they were a lovely start to our dining experience. After we had finished our drinks, we were shown to our table in the dining area. The staff were friendly and made helpful recommendations on the food.
The Thai way of eating involves lots of sharing plates and Mango Tree have followed this tradition. This is my favourite way to eat, as I believe that it turns dining into a social experience. To start we had soup. We ordered the Tom Yum, which is a famous hot, sour, and spicy Thai soup with shimeji mushrooms, lemongrass, lime leaf and coriander leaves and it was also served with prawn. The soup was packed full of flavour with a spicy overtone. We also had the Tom Ka, which is much milder and is a safer option for anyone who can’t handle the spice. The Tom Ka is a Thai coconut milk soup with shimeji mushrooms, galangal and thai herbs and it was served with prawn.
For main, we had the Pla Plow, which was a baked fillet of sea bass with lemongrass, ginger, black pepper, and butter wrapped with banana leaf and is served with spicy homemade seafood sauce. The presentation of this dish was stunning. We also shared the Gaeng Kiew Wan, which is a Thai green curry with pea aubergine, thai aubergine and sweet basil leaves. There is the option to have the curry with corn-fed chicken, beef or prawns. We had ours with chicken. I love Thai green curry so I was very happy with my choice. To accompany both of the mains we had a portion of steamed Thai jasmine rice and stir-fried Thai rice with soy sauce and egg.
We had two deserts, both of which we shared. The first was a chocolate shell, which had a green tea sorbet inside. We watched the waiter pour a hot sauce over the chocolate ball and the shell melted before our eyes. The plate had stunning splashes of colour on it and my mouth was watering just watching it being served to us. We also had the mango sticky rice. I would call this the Thai equivalent of rice pudding. The flavour was really sweet. It was very filling so if it sounds like your kind of dessert make sure you save some room!