When I was asked to review the Mango Tree I admit to being quite excited, I am familiar with the Mango Tree but have not heard much recently. A look at the gallery section on its website reinforces the Mango Tree’s past glories; with the exception of Laura Mvula and Paloma Faith, the celebrities featured are a visual representation of the Mango Tree’s glittering early 00’s past. London’s competitive restaurant scene is a cruel beast, one minute the restaurant du jour is gracing the pages of Vogue, the next, OK beckons!
On arrival we were greeted by friendly faces at the reception, being quite early we opted for a drink at the bar.
I started with a Raspberry Dream which was a delicious, decent sized cocktail it tasted perfect, concocted by a very good mixologist, it consisted of: wyborowa vodka, chambord, fresh strawberry, raspberry puree, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and fresh mango juice. My friend James went for the less flamboyant option of a beer.
The restaurant appears very large, the bar area was fully stocked; the staff were all very smiley and contributed to the nice, calm environment. However, the bar area could do with an update in order to shake off the early 00’s vibe.
Once seated at our table we began with a selection of starters based on our waiter’s recommendation- said waiter was very attentive and asked the right questions prior to making any suggestions.
We started with The Mango Platter: chicken satay, prawn spring rolls, golden purse of minced chicken and thai fish cakes. It shouldn’t be called a starter, it was more of a tastebuster and belly teaser combined, as if the generous platter wasn’t enough, we also added the Kor moo yang: barbecued pork, sliced and served with cucumber and a traditional homemade sweet and spicy nam jim jaew sauce – 10/10, the starters were EVERYTHING!
By now the place was filling up, the crowd were mature; either local or tourists.
For our mains, we were hungry so don’t judge! We ordered the Pla Neung: Sea Bass baked in banana leaf with a selection of amazing sauces – a good choice, it was steamed perfectly and was very light and soft. Moo Nam Pueng: crispy deep-fried pork belly, served with Thai-style mixed pickled vegetables and sweet chilli sauce – I recommend this delicious, flavoursome, delectable dish – very moreish!
The Talay pad cha: a spicy wok-fried mixed seafood selection of king prawns, scallops, mussels, fish and squid with fresh chilli, garlic, Thai herbs, peppercorns and kachai root – also went down a treat.
Our vegetable quota came courtesy of the Duck and chicken salad.
For desert we had the Mango Crème brûlée, silky smooth and blow torched to perfection, and the chocolate sphere which is just simply indescribable, forgive the well worn cliché but I really died and had gone to heaven.
Overall I have to say that by far, this was probably one of the best meals if not THE best that I have eaten at a restaurant in London.
My only gripe, the restaurant does need refurbishing, it could benefit from an update incorporating a more intimate authentic Thai style.
Price – £190.86 (including service) – this also included beers, cocktails and two bottles of water.
Service – Impeccable, flawless and just what you would expect from a restaurant overlooking the queen’s back garden.
Ambience– A mixed mature crowd and nice, calm environment.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For reservations and further information please visit: www.mangotree.org.uk