The Mango Tree Thai Restaurant Review – Victoria
Published 4 August 2009
This fabulous Thai restaurant is located near Victoria station off Grosvenor Place, and is hard to miss as it is at a corner of a major junction. The ambience is posh with high ceilings, and a very stylish looking bar that doubles up as a waiting area.
We arrived at 7:30pm on a weekday evening, and was surprised to find it packed, with the majority of diners city-types entertaining clients or having a dinner with friends. Luckily, we had made a booking earlier during the day through Toptable.
We started off with the Tom Yum Goong soup is a must try for those who relish spiciness. It is a traditional Thai hot and sour soup with oyster mushrooms, huge succulent king prawns, and made with authentic herbs such as lemongrass. In short, it was one of the better Tom Yum soups that we have had in London, set our dinner off to a good start.
We also had another light appetizer is Som Tum, which is a Thai style salad made from Green papaya salad with cherry tomato, snake beans, peanut, shrimp and a dash of spicy lime sauce. This was quite refreshing especially after the spicy Tom Yum Goong, and it helped to clear up our taste buds before the main course.
For those who prefer their food non-spicy, the main course should almost certainly include the infamous Green Curry with chicken. Although the name has the word curry in it, it is not spicy at all; on the contrary the dish is a little sweet and full with the richness of coconut milk. The Massaman Gae is also a must try – this lamb shank curry was cooked just perfect, with the tender meat melting in your mouth. Absolute heaven, and a dish I will definitely order again on a return visit.
The menu, although mostly Thai-focused, did have some Malaysian-style dishes such as satay as well, and the cocktail list is really extensive, although at £8-£12 a glass you really do need deep pockets if you wish to indulge yourself!
Most of the serving crew at Mango Tree are Thai, which is what you would expect in a traditional Thai restaurant. Although the service was fast and flawless when we went, it did feel a bit detached and cold; more robotic and warm, almost as though we were in a fast food joint instead of a high-end dining establishment. But in London, efficient neutral service is more than what the majority of restaurants fail to achieve, so no complaints from The London Insider on the service aspect!
Verdict: The food is of good quality and the taste does not deviate too much from the ones I have tried in Bangkok, Thailand. However, the price is quite high coming straight off from the menu. The bill came up to £60 for 2 people without the 50% discount, and that is without any alcoholic drinks. With the discount on food by booking through TopTable, it was a manageable £30-ish for two, but for cheaper you can probably get the same quality of food elsewhere in London. All in all, this is a decent place to bring your clients or friends for some authentic Thai food in a restaurant with impressive decor and setting, and especially so if you like your cocktails.
For those who fancy some ‘cultural show’ while dining, the restaurant is having the unique talent and beauty contest, Lady Boys 2009, on 13th September. As the name suggests, you won’t be expecting any regular beauty pageant! A spectacular array of entertainers and models will descend upon the restaurant, providing singing and cabaret acts and creating a festive party atmosphere. If you are interested in finding out more about this event or attending, please contact The Mango Tree at 020 7823 1888.
Rating: 6 out of 10 stars
Cuisine: Thai, with South East Asian influences
Price Range: £16 per head, without drinks, after 50% TopTable Discount
Address: 46 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7EQ
Tel: 020 7823 1888