Thai Restaurant Mango Tree Unveils New Dishes

Mango Tree BGC Exteriors

Last week, Mango Tree gave us an exclusive preview of the new dishes on their menu for 2018.

Mango Tree is an international Thai restaurant chain. I first tried Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma a few years ago and I remember really liking the food. Unfortunately, we just never got the opportunity to return because Trinoma is a bit far from our house, and we always have some other agenda whenever we make the effort to go to Trinoma.

So when I received the invitation to the preview of their new menu, I was excited because I knew the food was going to be good! They have a full restaurant in Bonifacio High Street, not just a bistro. The interiors here look ritzy.

Mango Tree BGC Interiors

NEW DISHES AT MANGO TREE

Mango Tree’s Thai chef, Chef Prapun, presented the new dishes. Let me give you a rundown:

Prawns in Pandan (P580) – chicken pandan, but with prawns. The wonderful aroma that teases your tastebuds when unwrapping the pandan is always a treat.

Mango Tree Prawns in Pandan

Deep-fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce (P580) – this was nice, something different from the usual steamed prawns with spring onions and garlic that we usually have; these are deep-fried prawns topped with garlic, chilies, spring onions, and a sweet and tangy tamarind sauce

Mango Tree Deep Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce

Thai Chicken Skewers (P420) & Thai Pork Skewers (P420) – of course, we can’t miss having some thai bbq!

Mango Tree Thai Chicken Skewers

Mango Tree Thai Pork Skewers

Thai Crispy Rice Crackers (P280) – these are crispy rice crackers. To eat them, put a generous amount of the sauce on top of the rice cracker and then eat 🙂 The sauce / dip is made with cooked coconut milk, peanuts, shrimp and chicken. It reminds me of latik, but a savory version.

Mango Tree Thai Crispy Rice Crackers

Tom Yum Chicken Wings (P290) – deep-fried , juicy chicken wings that pack that distinctive tart, sour, and spicy flavor combination of tom yum.

Mango Tree Tom Yum Chicken Wings

Pad Thai with Soft Shell Crab (P550) – the soft shell crab sold this for me. I normally don’t like eating soft shell crab because I often find the “soft shells” still tough like shrimp shells! But the shells on these soft shell crabs were so thin that I was able to eat it without any problems at all. I love crab. So good! Sorry, I didn’t get a pic of this dish, too 🙁

Fried Sea Bass in Tamarind Sauce (P1,150) – fried sea bass topped with pineapple and cherry tomatoes mixed with tamarind sauce. This is like a Thai version of sweet & sour fish or escabeche.

Homok Seafood Curry in Coconut (P950) – this is a mild seafood red curry with a lot of scrambled egg mixed in. Sounds simple, but this is the dish I kept going back for 😀 It’s just a very comforting dish that hits all the right notes. It’s just a balanced combo of slightly sweet, slightly salty flavors, umami from the egg and seafood, and mild chilis with some aromatics. I wasn’t able to get a photograph of this dish, unfortunately, but it’s my second favorite dish of the entire meal!

Mussaman Lamb Shank (P850) – my favorite dish out of everything I tried! This is like a cross between a beef curry and beef kare-kare, but it’s more awesome because it’s lamb! It is sweet and peanut-y, but also has a well-rounded flavor from various warm spices. Wish I could get more sauce. Awesome with rice 🙂

Mango Tree Mussaman Lamb Shank

Tub Tim Grob (P250) – this is a coconut ice cream, with a generous amount of chewy ruby red chestnuts that can pass for sago 🙂

Mango Tree Tub Tim Grob

Sweet Cassava (P220) – I totally loved this! It is just a simple boiled cassava with some thick coconut milk poured on top, but they somehow managed to make it irresistible! The cassava was soft but not mushy. I did not expect to like this so much but I did. Definitely worth reordering in a succeeding visit.

Mango Tree Sweet Cassava

SUMMARY

Mango Tree’s dishes come through with a balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors. No one aspect is overpowering – the food is mild and harmonious. The spiciness is a bit tempered, so those who are not into hot, spicy food will also be able to enjoy these dishes.

Price-wise, they are on the higher side, but seeing its swanky interiors, location, and international fame, you already know what to expect. It’s a good place to get a quality Thai food fix, and Mango Tree has a well-earned reputation for providing consistently satisfying Thai food 🙂

My favorites are:

  1. Mussaman Lamb Shank
  2. Homok Seafood Curry in Coconut
  3. Sweet Cassava

Mango Tree
7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Fort Bonifacio Global City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MangoTreeManila/
Website: http://www.mangotree.com.ph

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