Saturday, October 3, 2015

Delicious Thai food for lunch at Mango Tree at the Fort

Pad thai at Mango Tree

On Friday in Manila, living a #Travelife, someone took me out for an advanced birthday lunch.

"What would you like for a birthday treat?" He'd asked, a couple of days prior.

I eat out almost every day of my life at places other people pick, and I'm lucky to enjoy very good food most of the time, so when I actually have a say in the matter, I like to choose a restaurant that serves excellent food and also has a nice atmosphere.

Dining is a complete experience, as far as I'm concerned.

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WHERE TO EAT THAI FOOD
IN MANILA

"I want to eat Thai food," I replied.

I was going away to Morocco for just under three weeks, so I was eager to have some very good Asian food.

"Let's go to Mango Tree then," he said. This guy used to live in London and one of his favourite restaurants in London was the Mango Tree there, which is part of the same corporate network that Mango Tree in Manila belongs to.

REMEMBERING A NICE MEAL
AT MANGO TREE

Pad thai at Mango Tree

We'd also had a very nice meal there sometime back, so we both have good memories of it, although I hadn't been in awhile as I've been away a lot this year.

The taste of the Thai food at Mango Tree is authentic and the presentation is just beautiful. A Thai chef personally oversees every dish that comes out of the kitchen. See my photos here which I'm posting as is, to appreciate how nicely Mango Tree plates its dishes.

LUNCH FOR TWO,
FOOD FOR SIX

Pomelo salad at Mango Tree
Oh my goodness.

I was so glad I skipped breakfast because we had the works for this birthday lunch. This friend ordered every specialty of the restaurant, and then added everything else that looked good.

Pretty soon, we had a table for two groaning with food for at least six persons. Good thing I got to take the leftovers home.

ALL THE FAVOURITE THAI DISHES


Tom Yum Soup at Mango Tree

Everything was delicious, but I especially loved the tom yum soup, the pomelo salad, the shredded crab meat curry, the pad thai and the Thai-style omelette with shrimp and hot sauce.

Every Thai restaurant serves tom yum soup, pomelo salad and pad thai, of course.

But Mango Tree certainly wins brownie points from me for their usage of spices to create their version of these ubiquitous Thai dishes, and for the beautiful presentation.

THE BEST CRAB CURRY,
WITH ALL THE HARD WORK DONE

Shredded crab curry at Mango Tree

Then, we wanted to have crab.

Or actually, it was I who wanted to have crab. So I was about to order the curry with whole crabs when our wait staff suggested we try the shredded crab meat curry instead.


Soft-shell crab at Mango Tree
She said: "This will take all the hard work out of the dish. We'll take the crab meat out for you."

I'm so glad we followed her suggestion because this was one of the winning dishes of that meal.


MANGO TREE'S SPECIALTY:
WHOLE SEABASS WITH CHILI SAUCE

Whole seabags with chili sauce
at Mango Tree

We also had to have their specialty, which is the whole seabass with a spicy chili sauce.

I looked at my friend. "We're only two. Can we actually eat all of this?"


He said: "This is for your birthday. And besides, you only have a birthday once a year."

Actually, I'm having about six birthday celebrations in places as disparate as Marrakech, Manila, and Tokyo. But I didn't tell him this anymore. He'll probably read it on this blog anyway.

THE BEST MANGO WITH STICKY RICE
IN RECENT MEMORY

Mango with sticky rice at Mango Tree

Eventually, we came to dessert.

And it was about four in the afternoon when we finally got to this part. And I have to tell you, I don't usually like Thai desserts, preferring to spend my calorie quota on the curries.

But again, my friend looked inquiringly at me, when it was time for the sweets. So with a sigh, I looked at our waitstaff again and asked: "What do you recommend?"

She replied: "Our mango with sticky rice is our best seller."

Omelette with shrimps and chili sauce
at Mango Tree

REMEMBERING THE MANGO WITH STICKY RICE
IN HUA HIN, THAILAND

Of course, we ordered this.

For the record, the best one I'd ever tasted prior to Friday was in the market of Hua Hin in Thailand. I was in Chiva Som for about ten days, and one day we'd arranged for the Chiva Som car to take us to Hua Hin centre.

One of the staff accompanied us as we'd booked this suite package at Chiva Som that included the services of a personal butler and she was tasked with picking us up and also accompanying us everywhere.


#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
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So I'd asked her: "What's the most delicious thing to eat in Hua Hin?"

She'd then brought us to this food stand in the market with a very long line that served only mango with sticky rice. And lucky for us, she kindly stood in line while we shopped for souvenirs.

NO. 1 IN MY BOOKS NOW

That was the best mango with sticky rice I'd ever had until Friday.

The mango with sticky rice at Mango Tree is really good, especially coming from someone like me who doesn't even like sticky rice.

Their version is made with warm sticky red rice that is so addicting with the mango. I was so full but I swear I could've eaten about three of those, last Friday in Manila, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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