Mango Tree

The scene: The soft sing-song music playing wouldn’t be out of place in a spa. There’s a bar area with comfy chairs, and a spacious dining area which has been feng-shui designed and has a dark mahogany decor, with traditional Thai lanterns on each of the tables. This is an upper-class eatery – so leave your trainers at home.

The menu:
The menu has lots of choices of meats and fish as well as veggie and vegan options. We leave ourselves in the hands of our friendly waiter while we sip on a glass of champagne (well, it is Christmas). Our starters arrive – a selection of spring rolls, which are crisp and light, Som Tum fresh green papaya salad and a delicious tempura-style lobster – all served on wooden plates.

There’s a large table of giggling girls destroying the otherwise calm atmosphere as we wait for our mains. Luckily, they quieten down as we tuck into what was a fairly uninspiring Pad Thai, and a Massaman curry – a rich, smooth dish bursting with flavour which was the star of the meal.

Dessert was another winner – light chocolate brownie and lemongrass ice-cream and Guay Ob Ma prow Sod – layered caramelised banana and coconut pudding with banana ice-cream. Extremely moreish.

Bill please:
Starters from £7, mains from £13.50 .

Verdict: Delicious, fresh and first-class food. Really friendly staff and a perfect restaurant for a Thai experience. Although if you’re looking to recreate your Bangkok street-food experience, you’ll be disappointed. 


46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ
020 7823 1888
Tube: Victoria

– Carol Driver