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Mango Tree Manila is a world-class restaurant franchised by restaurateurs Eric and Emelda Teng that showcases the best of all four regions of Thailand. Their flagship branch at Bonifacio High Street Central is certified by Thai SELECT Philippines for its authentic ingredients and flavors. A casual fine dining restaurant with the tagline “Thai Cuisine at its Best”, it is headed by seasoned Chef Siwat Korsem who has more than 27 years of experience in Thai cuisine.
Here are some tips for your next Thai Food craving at Mango Tree Manila.
ABOUT MANGO TREE
The first Mango Tree restaurant opened its doors in 1994 in the heart of Bangkok, offering an exciting menu of healthy and authentic Thai cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand. Each distinctive dish is an artful balance of 4 harmonious flavors: sweet, sour, salty and spicy, with fresh aromatic herbs as the final touch. Thai cuisine is known to be naturally medicinal and to bring heart and vigor to every meal.
About Thai SELECT The Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government has launched the “Thai SELECT” program to certify and promote authentic Thai cuisine around the world.
It is a seal of approval granted to Thai restaurants (both overseas and local Thai restaurants that serve authentic Thai food) and processed Thai food products.
The objective is to give recognition to quality Thai restaurants and processed Thai food products as well as to encourage Thai restaurateurs and food producers to raise their quality while maintaining authenticity.
mango tree menu: history/ philosophy | eating with spoon & fork | Thailand regions | appetizer | salad | soup | steamed | fried / stir-fried | grilled | curry | noodles | rice | vegetables | dessert drinks menu: coffee and tea, specialty drinks | beverage, cocktails | cocktails, gin, whiskey, beer | rum, tequila, wine
Mango Tree Manila has an extensive menu of Thai specialties with food classified as PURIST for those looking for a Thai fix that evokes memories of trips to Thailand and ADVENTURIST for those looking for something new to tease the palate.
Reserve the coveted VIP Room on the mezzanine, with a long table good for 16-18 and a top view of the busy crowd enjoying their Thai food.
We loved the high-ceiling casual fine dining ambiance, the big tables and comfortable chairs with enough space between guests. Make sure to reserve specially during peak hours.
PURIST vs. ADVENTURIST
This is the best chicken satay we tried among the Thai restos in Manila because it was so enjoyable to eat that we had to fight over the pieces. It was cooked just right with a light char, and it was tender and flavorful even when cold.
They recreated the Som Tum—cooked it with chayote and not the usual papaya to support the local farmers in Manila. It still has the same iconic Thai salad flavor but with a heart.
Deliciously milky but you can still taste the tea. Best to let the ice melt to balance the sweetness.
Ribs with thai flavors and sweet notes from the honey.
A whole sea bass steamed and deboned a bit. With their thai citrusy spice.
Simple okra dish made special with lime and chili sauce.
Their pad thai is legit, with the noodles covered with an egg net. Instead of the usual one with shrimp, you can order it with fried soft shell crabs for added umami crunch.
Best way to mix the pad thai is to create a hole in the middle of the noodle nest, put all the ingredients inside then mix from inside out. Add a touch of thyme for a fresh finish.
You can also order the soft shell crab separately. Lightly battered, the whole crab is crunchy and the basil and chili cuts through the crabby flavor to spice it up. You’ll love this.
Order this lamb curry if you are looking for a celebratory main dish that everyone will rave about and you can share family-style.
The meat was tender, cut easily off the bones and absorbed the flavor of the curry. It’s good to share with a big group and ours was wiped out from the meat to the sauce. Yum!
End with the signature Thai dessert but this time with a suman made from black rice.
Overall, this is one of the best Thai restaurants in Manila that will bring memories of your Thai food trip. The whole restaurant was full on peak lunch hours so make sure to reserve the private room when celebrating your special occasion.
All of the food were very good and served hot in a timely manner. But our favorites were the Chicken Satay, Pad Thai with Soft Shell Crab and the Mussaman Australian Lamb Shank. Budget about ₱800/head.
Congratulations to the Mango Tree Manila group for an awesome authentic Thai food experience in Manila! They opened another flagship store in City of Dreams and smaller Mango Tree Cafe format around the metro with a young, stylish, and relaxed atmosphere.
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Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet is an official media partner of Thai SELECT Philippines. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. I love that it has a fine dining feel yet you can still come in relaxed high street fashion.