As much as I love discovering new restaurants, every once in a while, its nice to revisit old favourites. Last week I did just that and returned to Mango Tree Belgravia after a three year hiatus.
After a great dining experience at sister restaurant Chi Kitchen last month, I was really looking forward to a Thursday night dinner date with Mr O’T and rediscovering Mango Tree’s Thai menu. Having first opened its door in Bangkok in 1994, the Mango Tree group has now expanded to more than 70 restaurants worldwide.
Located a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, the Belgravia venue is rather sizeable. There’s a decidedly inviting bar at the entrance which is perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif. As Mr O’T and I had a late dinner reservation, we decided to go straight through to the restaurant and enjoy our pre-dinner drinks while perusing the menu.
Never one to stray too far away from bubbles, it was a bellini for me and a Singha beer for the hubbie. We were also given some Thai crackers to nibble on which was great, as a light lunch coupled with a long day at work meant we were pretty starving.
One of my biggest weaknesses is soft shell crab so whenever I see this on any menu I can’t say no. This was the first of our starters to be served and I must say I was very impressed with this dish. I ordered something very similar at Yauatchua in Soho recently and had to send it back as the soft shell crab was burnt and incredibly salty. Mango Tree’s version however really hit the spot. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. A mango salad was also served on the side which was a great accompaniment and made it a delicious combination.
Our next starter was the Wagyu Beef skewers. Red meat isn’t really my thing but I compromised on this as Mr O’T is a big fan. As a non-meat lover, I found the beef to be pretty tender. As predicted, Mr O’T wolfed most of this down and very much enjoyed it. The drizzling of thai barbecue sauce added flavour to what could have been an otherwise simple dish.
Our final starter was the Som Tum salad which was x rated in terms of spice. I underestimated the kick that would come with this much to Mr O’Ts amusement. The salad was however fresh and tasty but I would have preferred slightly less spice.
For mains I ordered the steamed Chilean sea bass. This was served on a bed of chinese kale and came with a spicy chilli garlic sauce. I found this dish to be just ok. The fish was perfectly cooked but the sauce was a little plain. In all honesty it was probably a little too healthy for me 😂. That being said it’s a great dish for those of you that are slightly more health conscious.
I was distracted away from the seabass as soon as the slow cooked massaman lamb shank was put in front of us. Now this was the highlight for me and my favourite dish of the evening. The lamb literally fell of the bone and the sauce was just how a massaman should be served which is rich, creamy and full of flavour. The cinnamon and tamarind came through perfectly and made for a perfect curry.
As tough as it was, Mr O’T and I just about managed to squeeze in a dessert sharing platter. Granted it was mostly me tackling this! My favourite taster portion was the honey mango sticky rice which brought back fond memories of our trip to Thailand earlier this summer. My husband favoured the layered caramelised banana and coconut pudding with caramel sauce which is perfect if you like your desserts on the sweet side.
We had a great date night at Mango Tree. Whilst it’s not the best Thai food I’ve had in London, it’s perfect for a casual dinner date and the service was fantastic. Special thanks go to Alba, Rudy and Boyd for the fantastic service that we experienced.
Have you visited Mango Tree before? What were your favourite dishes?
Please note that my meal and drinks were complimentary but as ever, all views are my own.