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|Address:||46 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7EQ|
|Tel:||020 3544 7978|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Thurs-Sat -11.30pm) Sun 12N-10.30pm|
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I took my wife here for our wedding anniversary. We both like Thai food and have been to some of London's best Thai restaurants. We had high expectations because the reviews for Mango Tree were pretty much universally good, so perhaps it's not entirely surprising we were a bit disappointed by the experience.
On arrival we were welcomed warmly and shown to the bar for a drink while our table was prepared. First sign that all was not up to standard: the table we were shown to was dirty, and yet we were shown to it anyway and then had to watch the waiter wipe what was on the table onto us. Not four star service.
Service was pretty slow throughout – for the money, I'd expect everything to be brisk and efficient but we sat for quite a while before they took our drinks order and then we had to wait a meaningful amount of time for the drinks to show up.
After a short wait, we were shown to our table. The tables are pretty close together and it's a fairly buzzy place, so don't go if you're looking for a romantic night out, I guess.
The menu includes a ‘tasting’ option but it's only available for parties of four or more — so why give it to a table for two? The food choices are extensive – both the sort of Thai food you'd expect (e.g. green curry, pad thai) plus some more ‘fancy’ options designed by their chef (eg Wagyu beef with a green curry sauce). We over-ordered slightly, somewhat deliberately so that we would have a chance to try a range of dishes. Some were pretty good, others were really quite disappointing.
For appetizers we ordered the tasting plate, which included the usual suspects: chicken & beef sate, spring rolls and the like. It was nice but not off-the-scale nice – for more than £10 per head I'd expect better, really.
For main courses we had the chef's special pad thai, which was served with tiger prawns; a green chicken curry and a beef jungle curry plus steamed vegetables and jasmine rice. The jungle curry was a huge disappointment: it was advertised as ‘very hot’ and the waiter even warned me about it being hot, but honestly it was extremely bland and the sauce was more like a not-very-spicy hot-and-sour soup than a jungle curry. Definitely one to avoid. The green curry was tasty – the sauce pleasantly rich – though I think there's a general tendency for western chefs to put far too much meat in Thai curries and insufficient vegetable matter – there were maybe half a dozen baby aubergines, for example. The steam vegetables were nicely cooked. The pad thai was really the best dish and even that wasn't “amazing” it was just “good”.
Over-priced, don't bother.