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Mango Tree

46 Grosvenor Place
London SW1
Tel: 020 7823 1888

Mango Tree is a Thai restaurant with a great buzzy atmosphere perfect for large parties. The clientele is mostly thirty something executive/professionals who probably have come straight from the office via a wine bar. It was also surprisingly busy in view of its slightly off the beaten track location in Belgravia. The only restaurant amongst office buildings on one side and the garden wall of Buckingham Palace on the other; nevertheless it is only a few minutes walk from Victoria Station. The vast dining-room which can seat about 150 diners was almost filled to capacity; the room is modern with a minimalist wood and white walled décor. Tables are well spaced, with gleaming cutlery and beautiful modern wine glasses. There is banquette seating throughout the centre of the room, modern lighting and enormous vases of orchids adding a touch of elegance to the surroundings. Throughout the evening I was impressed by the team of courteous and professional staff who went out of their way to ensure we were looked after. Before being seated I had had a top notch Mojito at the fancy bar which helped to sharpen my appetite.

We began with a selection of starters from the choice of fifteen on offer. These included some mixed seafood skewers (fish, squid, scallops and prawns). These were very juicy and tender and were served with a luscious peanut sauce with an added punchy kick of chilli. Strips of succulent grilled sirloin steak were highly flavoured with herbs and spices and came with a mixed salad. Fresh prawns steamed in tom yum sauce (hot and sour) with plenty of chilli and garlic added to the array of flavours jostling for pole position on my palate. To drink we tried a bottle of the house white, an Australian Seagrove Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2007, (£19.00) which made for a fruity and light accompaniment throughout the evening.

The menu is split into several sections which include soups, grills, curry’s and stir fry’s. Thai green curry has to one of my favourites and so I couldn’t resist ordering it. Not only was the meat corn fed, it was also free-range which, if Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall you are reading this I’m sure you will be, like me, delighted to hear. The tender meat was served in a scented and aromatic sauce with just the right touch of spice to clear the sinuses. We also ordered a stir-fried sirloin of beef fillet scented with ginger and garlic and a pad thai, which for those of you have not yet tried one is a terrific combination of stir fried thai rice noodles, tiger prawns, spicy sauce, herbs, peanuts and bean sprouts.

For desserts we tried some honey mango served with coconut milk and sticky rice which was a little on the rich side and a selection of sorbets and ice creams. My favourite being a sensational vanilla Pandan leaf ice-cream.

Overall, The Mango Tree makes for a lively fun night out, probably best visited in a group as I think the vibrant and lively atmosphere may be a little overwhelming for a table a deux.

Louise Elgin.
March 2009.

A meal for two with wine and water is around £100.00

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