Mango Tree, is an award-winning thai restaurant in Belgravia, London that serves the best in authentic thai cuisine. For this reason we thought it only apt to celebrate SongKran (Thai New Year – which runs over three days 13-15th April this month) at the restaurant who promised us not only authentic thai food but also thai entertainment throughout the evening.
As we enter the restaurant we are greeted by a lovely lady in full thai attire who asks us to partake in a water ceremony. Basically, you grab a cup and fill it up with water and then pour over the buddha’s shoulder. The gesture is done to symbolise ‘out with the old’ and offers you ‘a good year ahead’ – we like the sound of that! Having cleansed ourselves of the old, we head to the bar for a celebratory champagne cocktail before we are led to our table.
A special four course menu (£65 per person) has been created for the entire month (April) to celebrate Thai New Year, the host also tells us “thai people love an excuse to party”, don’t we all…! We settle into our seats and await our food whilst being entertained with thai dancers, singers and performers.
Ian Pengelley, executive chef at Mango Tree, served a four course Thai feast. Dishes included Pla Rad Prik, sea bass fillet served with homemade fresh garlic and fresh chilli sauce, and, as seen on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, Kow Niew Mamuang, dessert with fresh honey mango, black sticky rice and coconut milk.
Content and full of food we leave happy and full of hope for the year ahead.