It’s not usual I dine out on my own. It’s been done but not frequently. But the other week when I visited Harrods to review Mango Tree, I had lunch alone and it felt like a real treat.
Of course, the glass of Laurent-Perrier rosé helped a lot and so did the people-watching which I find Knightsbridge so interesting for.
But as much as I was enjoying a moment of time out, I realised not long after sitting down that it’s really difficult to keep me quiet. While I waited for my dim sum starter to arrive I found myself talking to the lady on my left. She was a jewellery buyer and as our conversation meandered I realised this was one of the reasons I used to love travelling abroad on my own: you always get to meet interesting people along the way because there are more opportunities to speak to them.
Eventually the dim sum arrived and I suddenly quietened down as I enjoyed tasters from the main menu which included Wagyu beef, prawn with white truffle oil as well as prawn and chives.
I also had a taste of the fried starters and loved every single one. They included lobster popcorn with spicy mayo (delicious!), duck, sesame prawn spring rolls and mixed mushrooms & vegetable spring rolls. I couldn’t finish everything on the plate especially with the anticipation of my main course so admittedly I took the rest away with me and enjoyed the rest later.
By the time my main arrived – a taster of the spicy chicken and …
… and the succulent and tasty beef massaman, the jewellery buyer to my left was ready to leave. And as we bid each other a good afternoon, I tucked into smaller portions of dishes that were recommended to me on Twitter. I’d been to Mango Tree in Belgravia before and whilst I thought the meal was fine, I preferred this lunch by far. I guess in some cases it’s about knowing what to order and at Mango Tree, these two dishes are winners.
To top off the good food and great setting, the staff were really helpful and kind. Of course I was there to review and they were looking after me but I also did quite a bit of eavesdropping and noticed how courteous they were to the other customers which made me feel very comfortable being there.
This is definitely a place I’d recommend if you’re looking for a special treat.
Mango Tree, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL