Mumbai gets a Mango Tree

tasty May 09, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

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Having won loyal followings at its branches in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Manila and London, Thai-inspired restaurant chain Mango Tree has arrived in Mumbai, India, with a luxurious setting in the new Horizon lifestyle complex.

In the 24 years since celebrity chef Pitaya Phanphensophon opened the original Mango Tree in Bangkok, it has steadily evolved into a modern dining brand with different tiers to match every consumer level. 

He is proudly Thai but also proud of his Chinese ancestry, which adds an important ingredient to the restaurants’ truly Asian menu and influences his approach to running the business. 

“I strongly believe in using the freshest locally sourced ingredients, and although we always present our dishes beautifully, great taste is at the heart of every dish,” says Pitaya. 

Mango Tree Mumbai has opened in partnership with Rana Singh of Mondo Culinary, the sole representative in India for the luxury-dinnerware brands Wedgwood and Vera Wang Home. 

The restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine with a creative twist, enhanced by stylish decor, good wines and custom cocktails. 

“We believe we are more than simply a restaurant and we make sure we deliver an experience that is more than just food,” says Trevor MacKanzie, managing director of Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide. “Today there are nine outlets in seven countries and our vision is to be the premier global brand of Thai cuisine in every major city throughout the world.”

Rana Singh says dining at Mango Tree is like taking “a tour of the four regions of Thailand's culinary compass”.

“Our chefs have distilled the best of northern, northeastern, central and southern Thai cuisine to present their best to India.”

The signature dishes include Thai Betelnut Leaf Wrap (Miang Kham), Phad Thai Spring Roll (Por Pia Phad Thai), Clear Tom Yum Soup Seafood Hotpot (Poh Taek), Banana Blossom Salad (Yum Hua Plee), Mango Tree Lobster Phad Thai, Crab in Yellow Curry Sauce (Poo Phad Phong Karee), Two-way Fish (Pla Song Withi) and Massaman Curry Lamb Shanks (Massaman Kha Kae). 

Designed by British firm Black Sheep, the 120-seat restaurant has three distinct zones – a lounge, a dining area and a private dining room. 

The Asian-inspired cocktails include Pomelo and Rosemary Tini, Mango Tree Mule, and Lemon Grass Glalangal Tini.

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