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A modern update to RSJ – Sticky Mango.
Do you work in Waterloo, commute via Waterloo, or watch plays at the Old Vic or Young Vic? Are you tired of the same old restaurants/gastropubs on Waterloo Road, The Cut and Lower Marsh? Well, we’ve found something new, exciting and excellent for you that’s only a short walk from the station or eight minutes from the Old Vic. Sticky Mango is situated on the corner of Stamford Street and Coin Street, perfect for a Waterloo rendez-vous.
You really can’t miss it, with its mural homage to the sadly missed Chef and writer extraordinaire Anthony Boudain; author of Kitchen Confidential and renowned TV food presenter. I found it rather beautiful, it captured the underlying sadness of the man which eventually led to him taking his own life. The mural is not meant to be sad though, it’s a tribute by Chef Peter Lloyd, who worked with and was inspired by Anthony during his career. Peter also worked with Nigel Wilkinson of RSJ, a French restaurant that previously occupied this site. They continue to collaborate with Nigel advising on the wine list. Wine pairing can be tricky with South Asian food, so it’s good to know that there is some sound advice available.
We were faced with some difficult choices on the menu, it all sounded amazing. How were we to choose between black pepper prawns, Malaysian chicken curry puffs, or crab dumplings? Or between wok-fried monkfish, miso-glazed black cod or Mamak barbeque chicken? The answer to our dilemma lay in the tasting menu. Priced at £39.50 per person, this offered incredibly good value for food prepared to this standard. It consisted of:
- Thai green mango salad with candied ginger dressing and cashew nuts. This was packed full of flavour, light and delicious.
- Malaysian chicken curry puffs served with a coriander yoghurt dipping sauce and garnished with crispy curry leaves. I think that these may have been my partner’s favourite dish.
- Black pepper prawns with dehydrated pineapple, jicama and pea shoots (I adored the pineapple element of this dish which was so unusual, and have bought myself a dehydrator to try to recreate this at home)
- Wok-fried monkfish with Malaysian chilli Sauce, sautéed bok choi and apple blossom. The monkfish stood up well to the chilli sauce, retaining a lovely texture.
- Wok-fried tenderstem broccoli with crunchy water chestnuts, shiitake mushroom and oyster sauce. It was lovely to have some vegetables to accompany the main dishes, and I’d highly recommend this if you are ordering from the a la carte menu.
- Mamak BBQ chicken, which came with long charred beans and a pickled red onion salad. I really enjoyed the tiny pickled onions which provided a sharp contrast to the rich chicken breast.
- Truffle egg fried rice. This was akin to a fusion nasi goreng, and a nod to the previous French incarnation of the restaurant. It also had a little bit of drama to it as we were instructed to break the egg and mix it into the rice.
- Sticky Mango – the eponymous dish. It consisted of black sticky rice, served with tangy mango sorbet and coconut milk.
- Pandan macaron, another fusion dish which came with kaya jam and soy caramel ice cream. I’m not usually a huge fan of desserts, but this was outstanding – like the most upmarket ice-cream sandwich I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat.
There is also a lunch and pre-theatre menu available from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. costing £19.50 for 2 courses or £23.50 for 3 courses. The menu changes weekly but is certain to be delicious if our meal is indicative.
If you are looking for somewhere elegant to eat in this part of Waterloo/Southbank, you really couldn’t ask for better than Sticky Mango.
33 Coin Street,
020 792 84554
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