What was that again? Dinner for two? The Mango Tree you say? In Harrods? Hell yes! Just a brief insight into how my conversation went when I was invited to eat at the Thai restaurant in the food hall of the luxury department store. It would have been rather foolish to say no.
The Harrods outlet of the luxury Thai restaurant provides a countertop eating service. Perfect for when you need to stop for a much-needed spice fix in between buying your Louboutins and Kenzo jumper. This branch doesn’t take reservations and customers are seated on a first come first served basis around their 24 seater horseshoe-shaped bar. Warning though, it can get very busy with the lunch time and after work crowd as we found.
Unlike the main restaurant in Belgravia this branch serves a range of Pan Asian dishes, with a mixture of Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine.
Before I even had chance to open the menu we were offered a drink. So my evening began with a hibiscus flower fizz. Only right to start a meal in Harrods with a glass of bubbles.
Whilst choosing our dishes my only gripe was the lack of vegetarian dishes in the mains section. Very surprising, as Far Eastern cuisine is full of fantastic veggie dishes. When I mentioned this, they were very quick to offer me options the chef could rustle up. However, as a vegetarian diner it’s not great to open a menu and feel like you can’t eat anything.
On the plus side they did have a few veggie friendly options on the dim sum and starter sections. Before long I was tucking into a plate of mixed mushroom and vegetable spring rolls (£11.80) whilst Shirin opted for the aromatic duck and cucumber (£14.80). Crispy and full of flavour we were both very happy chomping our way through the generous portions. Mine came with the most gloriously lip-tingling green chilli and garlic sauce. I could have sat there all evening happy dipping away with a big bowlful.
We couldn’t resist ordering from the Thai fresh roll section. The por pia sod pak ruam (£10.50) were delightful and beautifully rolled when they arrived. Fresh rice paper rolls with green papaya, rice vermicelli noodles. carrots, cucumber, coriander, mint thai basil and purple chiso. I mean, how do they manage to fit it all inside? Pure skill. The wrappers for the dim sum and rolls are freshly made in-house every morning and meticulously prepared by the chef to order.
The manager also offered us a plate of the chives and vermicelli noodles gyoza being her favourites (£12.00). She felt I simply had to try them. Who was I to argue?
First steamed the gyozas are then lightly pan-fried, it gave them a chewy texture. Having tried them I think I’m more of a crispy spring roll girl.
I mopped up my rustled up vegetarian red curry with a side of egg fried rice. It was tasty but nothing special. I would have preferred a bit more spice but that’s a personal preference.
The clear winner of the evening was the black cod ob see-eew (£38.80). Shirin was completely sold on delicately baked fish wrapped in a leaf and coated in a sweet soy glaze.
Mango Tree Harrods doesn’t serve desserts, probably not a bad thing as we were quite full. Plus it afforded a chance to peruse the incredible sweet treats on offer in the Harrods Food Hall. We were offered a lychee wine spritzer to end our evening. The full-bodied Chinese dessert wine is golden in colour, with a rich and sweet taste. I absolutely loved it. If you’re a lychee wine spritzer virgin as I was, you need to put this on your drinks list!
Harrods really are leading the way in quality department store dining. Mango Tree is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. And obviously with quality comes the price. This is no budget dining option, you’ll need to come with deep pockets. Nevertheless, shopping and eating is the perfect combination and what better place is there to indulge!
Mango Tree | Harrods Food Hall |87-135 Brompton Rd | Knightsbridge | London SW1X 7XL
Disclaimer: Our meal for two was complimentary, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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