Located in Belgravia, around a 5 minute walk from Victoria station, Mango Tree is a Thai restaurant like no other – and certainly won’t disappoint. With a range of Thai favourites, alongside from unique specialities, you will be spoilt for choice and certainly won’t leave hungry – far from it in fact!
On arrival we were offered the opportunity to relax in the bar area with a drink before proceeding to our table, but after a long day we were both quite hungry and so instead made our way directly to our reserved space.
Once settled in we each ordered a Champagne cocktail and began to take a look at the vast array of options on the menu – always the hard bit when you aren’t a fussy eater, just how do you select one thing each!
After talking to our lovely waitress and asking her opinion on the best choices we finally settled on the Hoy Shell – scallops in either garlic butter or spicy Thai garlic sauce (£4.95ea). We sampled 2 of each and they were absolutely divine! Perfectly cooked and the flavours were fantastic, particularly the Thai style sauce.
To accompany this we also opted for a mixed Thai platter which feature duck spring rolls, chicken satay, Thai fishcakes and crispy spring rolls. I absolutely love trying a little bit of everything and so this selection was absolutely perfect… it also meant I didn’t need to make just one choice from the wide variety of starters.
On the direction of our waitress for our second course we shared a variety of dim sum. From vegetable to lobster and several other flavours this was a great selection and the perfect ‘half way’ course between starters and mains. The dim sum were soft, moist and delicious, particularly when dipped in to one of the two dips they were served with.
On to the mains and we each chose a main, with the intention of sharing the two, alongside some traditional sticky rice (£3.90).
A signature curry in the form of Gaeng Phed Ped Yang Pon Lai Mai (£19.95), a red curry with roasted duck served delightfully in a pineapple, and Moo Nam Pueng (£15.95) – which is better known as crispy deepfried pork belly. All served alongside a generous helping of Pak Kana Black Truffle Oil (£8.75).
The steamed Chinese kale was a last minute decision but smothered in truffle oil it was delicious and a great “healthy” addition to the other dishes. Our duck curry was fantastic, full of flavour and not too hot whilst the pork belly has to be one of the best I have ever tasted! Perfectly crispy whilst still retaining a wealth of flavour. Well done Mango Tree!
Whilst full of absolutely delicious Thai food and a few glasses of Champagne, we still managed to find room for dessert of course – it would be a shame to miss out when I already had my eye on one speciality.
That speciality was no other than their salted caramel dome which was surrounded by blueberries and white chocolate – with the pistachio ice cream inner revealed when the salted caramel was drizzled over the top.
We also tried their unquie banana bread pudding, served with banana ice cream, and this was fantastic too. I am not a bread pudding fan typically but the banana left it sweet, syrupy and wonderfully sticky. The perfect end to a perfect meal!
If you’re ever in London then the Mango Tree is definitely worth a visit! They also offer set menus and pre-theatre meal offers throughout the year which would make their delicious food even more of a good deal.
The only problem now is that no other Thai food compares..!0