Mango Tree

by HGAT | 10/02/2014
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5.7/10

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!

Mocktails

Strawberry Monkey
Strawberry Monkey
Director's Special
Director’s Special
Lychee Mojito
Lychee Mojito
Strawberry Mojito
Strawberry Mojito

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

Beef Satay
Beef Satay
Chicken Satay
Chicken 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

Gai Hor Bai Toey
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

Goong Hom Pa
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.

Yum Nuer

Yum Nuer
Yum Nuer

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

Gai Pad Med Mamuang
Gai Pad Med Mamuang
Nuer Pad Nam-man Hoi
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

Gaeng Kiew Wan Pak
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
Website: http://www.mangotree.org.uk/
Nearest Station: Victoria Station
Parking: Pay and display around the restaurant and free after 6:30pm

Rating
  • 5/10
    Foodhttps://www.halalgirlabouttown.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=acf-field-group - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Service - 5/10
  • 7/10
    Atmosphere - 7/10
5.7/10

Summary

– Halal status on beef, lamb, and chicken verified by restaurant with certificates
– No pork but alcohol (bar) present
– This is a child friendly establishment

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  1. Reply

    Check out ‘Elephant Royale’ there’s one in canary wharf (I haven’t been to this one but have heard it’s quite special) and the other is just off gants hill roundabout (my local!). The Thai green curry is good, but the Chaing Mai Tiger Prawns are to die for as is the pineapple fried rice.

  2. Reply

    Only the Chicken is Halal btw. I asked head office,

    1. Reply

      Hi Nawaz,

      Despite you asking the head office (please provide the number to the head office as I cannot find it myself), I called the restaurant twice to confirm their halal status – the first time, before I visited the restaurant and the second time, after you left your comment. I can confirm that they do in fact serve halal meat – beef, lamb and chicken – only their duck is not halal. Please be aware that I do in fact check the halal validity of a restaurant before I visit because I run a halal food blog so I do not want to give out any wrong information.

      I also have pictures of their halal certificates that BW obtained directly from the restaurant today following your comment. If you would like to see them, please send me a private email and I will be happy to provide you with all the copies of their certificates.

      1. Reply

        Hey, sorry i totally got muddled up with another place in my head! You are right, its the DUCK thats not halal – my bad!

  3. Reply

    Chaopraya Eat Thai in St Christopher’s place. You will not be disappointed 🙂 I went there a few years ago, but just called them now and can confirm chicken, beef and lamb are halal. 🙂

    • Riz
    • 10/02/2014
    Reply

    Yum Yum’s in Stoke Newington is decent, you just have to know what to order… Then theres Blue Elephant, slightly pricey than the average Thai restaurant – special occasion ones…
    By the way is this Mango Tree associated to the Mango Tree in Harrow?

    1. Reply

      Ah thanks for the recommendations.
      I don’t think it is associated to the one in Harrow!

    • Halalapaloza
    • 10/02/2014
    Reply

    I have been to mango tree a couple of times, nice place but agree food mediocre. They used to do a braised beef dish a year or two ago that was probably the best on the menu, but has since been taken off

    • Shak
    • 13/02/2014
    Reply

    Well even though I emailed you about it recently, this seems like the perfect blog to persuade you that you must visit Mama Thai in Camberwell. I love that restaurant and would be keen to know your thoughts on it so looking forward to that blog!

    Keep up the good work HG!

    Shak.

    • Anonymous
    • 02/03/2014
    Reply

    The drinks look delicious.

    • S
    • 17/03/2014
    Reply

    Kinkaos on Brick Lane is definitely worth checking out.

    • Laila
    • 14/04/2014
    Reply

    Would anyone know if it is hmc approved or not

  4. Reply

    I’m happy I found this blog. I think your blog is an excellent discovery! Keep on doing this GREAT JOB!!!
    The food looks yummy.

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