Last weekend Jonny and I were invited along to a lovely Thai restaurant called Mango Tree tucked away inside one area of the food hall in Harrods. We drove up and parked across the road before heading for a browse around the store, of course I eyed up every delight but for once did not buy a thing! We headed down to the food hall to take a seat promptly as we were eagerly waiting for our fest to tuck in to, all I can say is we did not leave hungry.
We were greeted by the most friendly staff who were quick to seat us around the large 24 seater horseshoe shape table/ bar where you order and all food comes fresh out of the kitchen so you can see your food and get prepared to tuck in. The Mango Tree really does have the elegant décor of its Belgravia sister restaurant, contrasting high-gloss materials and traditional marble to bring a fresh energy, an exquisite place to eat.
Champagne? yes please was our answer and before we had even opened the menu, promptly two glasses of chilled Dom Perignon were placed in front of us.
We pondered over the choices the menu was offering and opted for such a selection, the staff recommended some amazing dishes too so we could try a range from the menu and wow! This place serves dishes with so much flavour it really is the best Thai I have ever had.
We both started with dim sum, I opted for a prawn and truffle oil option. While Jonny decided the waygu beef were more for him. They were both delicious and the gold leaf on the waygu was a really beautiful finishing touch.
To share we were told the spring rolls would be a good option so to have something a little more simple we added some chicken spring rolls to our mix. I loved these, they were packed full and the filo had the perfect crunch paired with the spicy chilli sauce, it gave them a real kick and just added to the flavour.
A real case of over ordering occurred with eyes bigger than our bellies with opting for two sides of rice. This is the type of restaurant where it may not look like a lot of food by woah it is a lot of food, you eat slower because you enjoy the flavours so you end up fuller quicker.
My favourite dish was by far this grilled waygu beef cooked medium, it was melt in the mouth. I opted for the sweet soy sauce but the other two options are thai green or thai spicy homemade sauce. I could of eaten this by the plate load it was perfectly cooked and I just kept wanting to come back for more.
I thought the waygu would be Jonnys favourite but he really loved the duck dish called Ped makham. The skin was crispy and dipped into the sweet and sour tamarind sauce it really was so flavoursome and the perfect balance.
Another recommended dish was the Massaman Nuer which is braised beef short ribs cooked in massaman curry. The curry sauce these were in was just amazing and great with rice too. They were really delicious but for me they were just in general a little too fatty for me. That being said, I am really fussy with fat on meat, though Jonny loves it so that is all a matter of opinion.Full and ready to pop, we were both shocked at the amount of delicious food we had consumed but having shared everything we really got the best of everything without having major food envy. Luckily they very kindly without even asking came over with a pot of flowering jasmine tea to help us relax. We sat waiting for the flower unfold before pouring ourselves a glass and just thinking about how lucky we were to of just had such a wonderful, flavours and just all round wonderful meal.Asked if we would like to try anything else we politely declined we were fit to burst and left in one of those sated dazed moods before heading on our way to laze the Sunday afternoon away.
This place really appreciates flavour and quality, it is such a welcome spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle not just of London but just Harrods itself. I would highly recommend heading here if you’re looking for something different when in London to try rather than your usual or if just browsing harrods pop in and try a host of things from the menu.
Renowned for its authentic dishes, exotic flavours and delicate use of spices, Mango Tree delivers quality cuisine from all regions of Thailand. There are rich, mild dishes from the north; spicy flavours from the east and south; and milder recipes from central Thailand influenced by Chinese cooking. There really is something for every palette and it is somewhere you know you will want to go back to.
Have you ever been to Mango Tree? Will you pop in when you’re next in Harrods?
Mango Tree, 87-135 Brompton Road,Knightsbridge,London, SW1X 7XL
*this was a complimentary meal but all views and opinions are my oww