I'm sure you've all heard about Thai chain Mango Tree by now, and if you haven't, you're in for a treat! Even while I was in Melbourne, I'd been hearing quite the buzz about this new restaurant. And now that I've had the chance to try it (many, many times!), I can understand why. Click on for some refreshing delights!
However, I'll note that not all vegetarian options were actually outlined. The vegetable spring rolls, for example, weren't - but the waiter was quick to confirm that it was indeed vegetarian.
We started with some fresh buko juice. This was my second meal out with my family upon arriving in Manila, so while I hadn't realised it for months, I was greatly missing our tropical treats!
This was, as promised, fresh as can be. Typical of Thai cuisine, the flavours burst with a sweet, sour and saltiness. Often what we order when we go to Thai restaurants, this was quite exceptional! The balance was great, and very light. We had the prawns served on the side.
Por Pia Pak - deep fried vegetable spring rolls served with sweet chili sauce. [P300]
The catfish wasn't too oily either, which I learned from a short course in Enderun requires quite a specific technique involving maintaining oil temperatures, putting it in at the right time, etc. It's whiz-banger stuff, I tell ya!
Gai Satay - chicken satay served with peanut dipping sauce. [P350]
Don't you just love the way they present their dishes? Simple, yet with a little quirk! That leaf locked with a toothpick is adorable. And it's great that they serve two dipping sauces, as opposed to just the thick peanut sauce that usually accompanies satay. This added another dimension of tanginess to cut through the meat and peanut sauce combo.
However, these were served still quite raw on the inside. But the staff happily resolved that problem in no time. But I think that Mango Tree has better things to show for. My mom said she loved everything but this.
Khao Ob Supparod - pineapple fried rice. [P380]
And to finish, some green tea to settle our stomachs.
It's also a great spot to have dinner and drinks with friends in the evenings, as we have a number of times. The cocktails are great, and the music is almost always superb.
Undoubtedly, this is my new go-to Thai place.
Love from your local hamster-cheeked blogger,
PS. My first meal was at Cibo, straight from the airport!
PPS. I had four wisdom teeth taken out yesterday afternoon, hence the cheeks!
7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63 2 217 2367