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A Christmas meal with a twist of Thai tinsel
Attention all party planners! If you’re looking for a Christmas menu to impress colleagues and friends well-seasoned in seasonal spreads, then take a look at Mango Tree’s Christmas menu.
This award-winning, much-loved, Thai restaurant sits on the edge of Belgravia adjacent to Buckingham Palace and a short walk from Victoria Station. With a sister restaurant in Bangkok, it’s known for offering delicious Thai cuisine, beautifully served in a modern, stylish yet cosy venue. It’s an “every occasion” restaurant, providing a solid quality backdrop on which to build an event. And with the Christmas lights starting to burn brightly across town, the 10 plates Mango Tree Christmas Menu is designed to delight and satisfy – which is surely what Christmas dining is all about.
Although advertised as “tapas-style” I’d prefer to say “shared plates” because the portions reflect the fact that this is a meal and not a snack over drinks. You start small with delicate minced chicken-filled spring rolls and grilled king prawn with chilli and lime truffle sauce (I have to say, the best prawn I’ve ever eaten). So far so Thai. And then we move on to Puff kai nguang or honey glazed puff pastry filled with roasted turkey, and the Christmas magic begins!
After a cleansing plate of Yum ma maung, the most sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy fresh, delicious salad imaginable of green mango tossed in lime and chilli dressing, you will be presented with four dishes guaranteed to elicit contented sighs. This will probably be the only time you’ll see turkey on a Thai menu, but this roasted turkey marinated in Thai herbs and topped with a mixed berry sauce is so moist you will be demanding the recipe. Salmon filet in a rich and creamy red sauce is a meal in itself when matched with the steamed rice, but there is still the stir-fried prawns, with garlic, black pepper and Brussel sprouts, as well as the noodles cooked in coconut milk with bean sprouts, chives and seasonal red bean curd to address.
Vegetarians do not miss out, with each of the meat, fish and seafood dishes matched with an equally tasty non-meat offer. From the lightest and freshest tempura batter through to a special green curry featuring Brussel sprouts, the chef has taken care to ensure everyone enjoys a special menu.
At Christmas, only two puddings are permissible: the traditional plum pudding and the traditional trifle. Mango Tree has taken the latter and combined it with that other traditional British creation, and throw-back to the 1970s, the Black Forest Gateau! The Berry Brownie with a pannacotta base garlanded with fresh raspberries and chunks of chocolate brownie is a perfect mix of chocolate, cream and fruit and a perfect end to this meal of a Thai take on a British tradition.
With an eight plate option available during the day at £34.00, the Mango Tree Christmas dinner menu costs £44.50 per person and is available from 14 December when the restaurant will be open all day from 1200, offering the opportunity for what would be a delightful and luxurious late lunch.
Mango Tree is at 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7EQ
Images of the restaurant and place setting courtesy of Simon at By-Invitation