Thai food is something I have every week and so I was delighted to be invited to review Mango Tree in Belgravia, which I hadn’t visited before.

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

I brought one of my besties who lives in the area with me as a good excuse to catch up. As it turns out, he’d been here a few times but over time had stop coming here. So I was intrigued to find out what he thought about the food too.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

B started lunch with a non-alcoholic cocktail – unfortunately, the name completely escapes me right now …

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

… while I had the Mango Tree Fizz which is a Champagne cocktail with amaretto and fresh mango juice.

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

For starter, B and I ordered the Mango Tree Seafood Platter which included fresh king prawns in spicy tom yum sauce, grilled king scallop with garlic butter sauce, soft-shell crab tempura and mixed seafood satay.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

We also had the Tom Yum soup but admittedly I didn’t have too much of mine because I found it too hot. B had a lot more of his though.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

For main I decided on the Gang Phed Ped Yang Pon La Mai red curry with roasted duck, grape, pineapple and cherry tomatoes, served in a pineapple bowl which I really enjoyed. 

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

B had the Pad Thai Goong Yai with the most amazing king prawn, which I had to try.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

And of course there were some vegetables.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

I really didn’t have much room for dessert but I was persuaded to share a taster of Mango Tree’s key puddings and I’m so glad I gave in. I loved the crême brûlée though I was a little unsure of the sticky rice which I normally love.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

Overall it was a wonderfully indulgent lunch, so much so we were the last to leave. And as the lunchtime crowd headed back to their desks and I dashed back to mine, I did wonder why B had left it so long. I’m not sure what other Thai restaurants are around Victoria but this one was perfectly fine – and as I found out, B enjoyed it too. 🙂

Mango Tree, 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7EQ

Last night I visited SUDA Thai Café Restaurant and what a find it is; located inside St. Martin’s Courtyard which sits within the confinements of Mercer Street, Long Acre and Upper St. Martin’s Lane.

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Inside the café restaurant, the space is huge and so we asked to be sat upstairs in order to grasp the full scale of the place.

There are cocktail bars upstairs and downstairs and at the time of visiting, the walls were adorned by images from SUDA’s Young Artist’s Exhibition, which runs until 26th February 2012.

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As for the food. Very good!

For starters, we ordered an aubergine dish, which was topped with crabmeat as it sat in some sort of mint dressing. I loved this dish and instantly thought that a certain Thai chain better up its game if more people were going to discover this place.

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Our other shared starter was pandan wrapped sea bass with coriander root and sesame, which was equally as good.

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For main, we ordered Pad Thai with glass noodles! Yes glass noodles, which makes this place an instant win for me. If you struggle with dietary requirements like myself, eating out can be a minefield. And isn’t ironic that a rice restaurant actually provides alternatives on their main menu? (Pad Thai is normally made with rice noodles whereas glass noodles are made from mung bean or sometimes potato.)

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The Pad Thai was very yummy.

Our other dish was red duck curry with brown rice. This time I was excited to see brown rice on the menu and to discover that it was cooked so well.

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Dessert arrived in the form of banana fritters:

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And sticky rice with chocolate sauce:

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As for drinks, I had champers of course to start with:

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Followed by a lychee-esque cocktail, which was surprisingly tasteful despite the colouring.

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The bf started with a glass of wine and then proceeded onto a Thai spin on a Bloody Mary which involved a touch of mango juice. Very interesting in a good way.

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All in all, I like this place. I like it for its thoughtful menu and because of its tasty food!