*Meal c/o Mango Tree but all opinions are my own.
If there’s ever an occasion where you feel like a ‘proper blogger’, it’s being treated to a meal in a fancy London restaurant. Last Sunday I was invited to the Mango Tree in Belgravia for some authentic Thai cuisine, and I popped along with my boyfriend to give their menu a whirl.
After leaving some things in the cloakroom, we were shown to our table and bought a drinks menu by our lovely waiter. I’m not going to ramble too much about our service in this post as I’d just keep repeating myself – but it was incredible! Everyone was so lovely and informative and really made us feel welcome. I dithered over cocktails but I couldn’t make my mind up and Sam fancied wine, so we ended up sharing a bottle of the Cortese del Piemonte doc Adelasia which was delicious! We were also brought over some lovely prawn crackers which were devoured pretty quickly.
I had no idea what to expect from my visit, but the staff at Mango Tree had picked a menu out for us so before long we were served an array of starters. I couldn’t wait to tuck in and get started. Anyone who knows me IRL will know that I can be a bit of a fussy eater, though I have got better in recent years and I’m pleased to say I liked pretty much everything.
On the left was the Mixed Satay, with two chicken and two prawn skewers. They were served with peanut sauce and Thai sweet vinegar dip (not pictured) and I surprised myself by really enjoying both. My favourites were probably the chicken skewers with the peanut sauce as I’m not a massive fan of the texture of prawns, so if I was to go back I’d probably just get the chicken ones, but Sam ate both of his without fuss.
My favourite starter of the bunch was the Chicken Jeerapan pictured on the right – the sauce was delicious (also, I really love chicken so these were bound to be a hit). In the middle were Steamed Prawns; I only had one as I didn’t want to fill up too much but they were also really tasty.
We were certainly spoiled with the mains, and for someone who’d had their eye on noodles from the second I saw the menu, I was made up. The first dish was a King Prawn Pad Thai which was stir fried noodles and prawns topped with Mango Tree’s signature egg net, plus bean sprouts and chili flakes. This was my favourite dish of the day (the noodles did not disappoint) and I would definitely order it again!
The second dish was the Spicy Wok Fried Seafood (king prawns, scallops, mussels and squid with fresh chilli, garlic, thai herbs, peppercorns and kachai root) which was just too spicy for me but was probably the most aesthetically pleasing dish of all. Sam enjoyed what he had of it, but I think the other two dishes were more up our street.
Last was the Duck Red Curry, which came with roasted duck, grapes, pineapple and cherry tomatoes and was served in a pineapple which was pretty cool – and a definite contender for most aesthetically pleasing dish. I thought this would be the one that would be too spicy for me, but it wasn’t at all! I would probably have eaten all of it if I hadn’t been so full by this point.
After a quick check-in with our waiter that we would still like dessert (I think he could sense we were both full to burst) my favourite course of the day arrived. I know a dessert shouldn’t be your favourite when you’ve just eaten your weight in noodles and prawns cooked every which way, but what can I say? I have a sweet tooth.
One of the best parts of the platter was the most incredible vanilla ice cream, which surprised us both by being green in colour, and went with all the little bits on the plate. Hiding away in the back was a slice of warm banana bread, which would never be my first choice usually but was actually really nice. In the front was the three chocolate cake, which was three delicious layers of spongy goodness, topped off with a couple of berries. And lastly, my favourite was the one on the right. I think it was a mango cheesecake (I was too focussed on the green vanilla ice cream when we were told) but regardless it was creamy and delicious, and went amazingly with the ice cream.
We were suitably stuffed once we’d finished off our desserts, and after emptying our glasses it was time to leave. I cannot thank the Mango Tree enough for having us both. The food was amazing, the service was excellent and I will definitely be going back next time I’m in the area! Have you visited the Mango Tree before? Which of these dishes would be your favourite? Let me know in the comments.