Don’t you hate it when it’s a Saturday night and you just can’t decide on where to go for dinner? You feel like eating no cuisine in particular but want to eat something different at the same time. In the end, out of frustration you just decide to sit at home and have left overs. This almost happened to me last night – me of all people. I have a whole list of restaurants and I still couldn’t decide on where to go. Did I feel like having Chinese? No. Or Italian? Nope. Or what about Ethiopian? Naaah. Nothing appealed to me.
BW and I sat and depressingly spent over an hour deciding on what type of cuisine we wanted, we even went on halalgirlabouttown.com just to see what kind of cuisine we felt like and as I scrolled through the genres, it suddenly hit me that I hadn’t done a good Thai place in a while. And after the great food I had had at Spicy Basil, I was suddenly in the mood for Thai.
Oh boy, oh boy, green curry, tom yum soup, Pad Thai – ah, I couldn’t wait! But then we came across another problem. Where exactly would we eat this amazing Thai food that I’ve been craving. So we spent a further 45 minutes debating between three restaurants. One supposedly amazing Thai in the middle of nowhere but is partially halal, another “awesome” restaurant so far away but fully halal, or a well-known, well-loved, fully halal Thai restaurant just down the road.
Ashamedly, laziness got the best of me and out of hunger, we went with a friend M to the restaurant just down the road – Mango Tree.
Right now, Mango Tree is offering a promotion of 25% or 50% of the final bill when you book through Toptable or Squaremeal but the catch is everyone must order a starter and a main. This means you will inevitably over order, be stuffed to the brim just from the starters and slowly struggle through dinner. But hey, I’m not complaining, 25% off removes a large amount from the total plus lots more blogging material for you guys!
I think we all got over excited about the idea of non-alcoholic cocktails and all ordered two drinks each. M ordered the Strawberry Monkey twice, BW ordered the Director Special twice and well, me, I ordered two different mojitos – the lychee and the strawberry mojito.
The lychee was sweet and contrasted well with the mint leaves and lemonade however the sweetness of the strawberry was a tiny bit overbearing but I enjoyed the small strawberry chunks. Yummy!
Mango Tree Satay
Huge pieces of chicken and beef were placed on sticks and just waiting to be dunked into the chunky, peanut sauce. The chicken satay was okay, moist and soft but lack of flavouring. But I just loved the beef satay – the pieces were succulent and melted in your mouth right away until they became cold which was relatively quick!
Gai Hor Bai Toey
This is deep fried boneless chicken cubes wrapped in pandan leaf. It’s like a little present in which you either open it nicely (BW & M) or rip it apart (me) and then dip into the accompanying sesame sauce. Considering that the chicken was marinated in coriander and garlic and then deep-fried in the pandan leaf, I thought it was relatively bland even when dipped in the sesame sauce and wasn’t a fan of these.
Goong Hom Pa
These crunchy spring rolls stuffed with prawns were decent – I seemed to only have tasted the crisp and the prawns even when dipped in the sweet chilli sauce.
Thick slices of juicy, medium seared sirloin steak were served on top of a salad with chilli dressing. The salad didn’t add much to the beef nor did the chilli dressing. In fact I just ended up eating the beef slices by themselves as they tasted great!
Gai Pad Med Mamuang & Nuer Pad Nam-man Hoi
The Gai Pad Med Mamuang is a chicken stir fry that consists of soft cashew nuts, several vegetables and a few chillies scattered around that didn’t add much kick to the dish.
The Nuer Pad Nam-man Hoi is a thinly-sliced beef stir fry. Like the chicken, it didn’t stand out to me much and I actually couldn’t tell much of a difference between the two stir-fries because they both seemed so mediocre.
Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak
Surprisingly, this was the best dish of the night! Imagine that, a vegetarian dish beating all the other meaty dishes! It made a refreshing change from all the meat options that were present on the table and had a good coconuty, creamy consistency.
The service was ridiculously slow even when taking into account that the restaurant was packed. It took them over half an hour for them to bring a bottle of water to the table even though this was the first thing we had ordered when we sat down. The same applied to the main courses in which there was no sign of until we waved down the manager to ask what had happened to our food. Thankfully, our James Bond of a waiter managed to trace down our food and serve us promptly.
The Thai meal I was so looking forward to was disappointingly decent. I left feeling so stuffed that my jean’s zipper refused to go back up but I wasn’t satisfied. The food wasn’t bad but at the same time, it wasn’t amazing considering we had paid £138 for three people including the offer, meaning without the offer, the final bill would have come to £184 for three. The food definitely wasn’t worth the price especially considering the fact that places like Spicy Basil charge you under a tenner each for amazing food!
I still haven’t got that Thai craving out of my system yet so if any of you guys know any good Thai restaurants that are worth a visit and a blog review, please leave a comment below!
Halal status on all meats except the duck verified by the restaurant and I have seen the halal certification.
Address: 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, sw1x 7eq
Telephone: 020 7823 1888
Nearest Station: Victoria Station
Parking: Pay and display around the restaurant and free after 6:30pm