Mango Tree Thai restaurant in Belgravia has been on my list of places to visit in London since it was on Gordon Ramsey’s best restaurants back in 2011; but as I rarely leave East London I had not quite got round to it. Roll on 5 years later and the lovely Haydy asked if I would like to be her date to the upmarket Thai institution and, of course, I jumped at the chance.
Walking from Tower Bridge I walked past every well know London landmark, eventually hitting the jewel in the crown of sites, Buckingham Palace, which Mango Tree is located behind.
On entering the plush corner eatery we were pleasantly greeted by 3 hostesses and though they could not find our reservation happily lead us to a spare table.
I am more used to street inspired Thai food so the this was a much more high class take on Thai dining, but I was pleased to see all the classics I would expect still on the menu, such as Thai curries, tom yum and tom ka soups, and pad thai noodles.
Soon after we were seated our waitress, Ester, brought over some prawn crackers and took our drinks order. Feeling ravenous after my hike across town we decided to go all out and share a couple of starters before our main meal. Just after ordering our vegetarian dishes the waitress came back over with some nuts to so I could enjoy snack as I could not have the prawn crackers. As we waited for the food we were offered a surprise amuse-booche, which was a lovely light and fresh palate cleanser.
Soon after, our starters arrived: Por Pia Pak mixed vegetable spring rolls, deep-fried and served with sweet chilli sauce. Spring rolls are not one of my usual go to dishes as often they are too oily for my taste, however, these were super light and without a trace of grease.
As our empty plates were taken away we were asked if we would like to wait for our next course or if it was ok to call for it straight away, a really nice touch.
I know it is not very adventurous, but I ordered the Pad ThaiI Jay. I always like to judge a restaurant on a dish I know well and having eaten Pad Thai’s all over Thailand, and in many Southeast Asian restaurants, I knew what to expect.
The dish came beautifully presented and our waitress offered us an explanation of the meal and the best way to eat it. Yet again going that extra mile to make sure we were comfortable.
My lime squeezed and everything stirred together, it was time to tuck in; the flat rice noodles, tiny cubes of bean curd, chives, peanuts and beans sprouts were bound together beautifully by the rich homemade sauce. This Pad Thai was more luxurious than what I am used to and I think was the first time I have ever eaten the dish with silverware instead of chopsticks, but was a decadent take on traditional Thai flavours.
Three waiters came over to check if our food was ok, which was slight overkill, however typical of Thai hospitality.
As we finished up our dinner hot towels were brought over for us to freshen up and a Jazz band began to play. Ester explained that they host a lot of live music events and artists travel from around the world to play at Mango Tree. The music added a great atmosphere and was a wonderful way to finish our meal.
Mango Tree offers up traditional Thai flavours in a sophisticated style and, despite the initial confusion over our reservation, had some of the most friendly and attentive service I have experienced in London.
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