Relax, Chill and Dine at the new Mango Tree in BGC High Street Central

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Mango Tree, one of the most notable Thai restaurants in Manila, finally renovated its flagship restaurant at the corner of Bonifacio High Street Central along 7th Avenue, and I am so pleased to have seen the changes since my last visit here! 

Mango Tree's refresh now includes charming interiors, additional facilities and a twist on their menu concept which they believe appeals more to modern diners who prefer both authentic Thai cuisine and something more adventurous.

This wide 200-seater restaurant now includes a chic solarium for 20 and an enclosed 40-seat area for private functions. Guests can also hang out at the resto's millennial-vibe stylish bar which connects to their high-ceiling with plants and greenery, clearly offering a sense of escape and tropical tranquility. 

I felt more relaxed and exciting at the same time as soon as I arrived at the door, and instead of the food, I instantly thought of who else I might invite just so I could go back and have some drinks at the stunning bar. 

What's also remarkable is the fact that Mango Tree's team will now be putting events and catering as a major part of the business. With an already established clientele, it is expected to even grow further. If you're in that part of BGC and would like to settle for something different, then this venue is perfect for any kind of celebration.

Now, off to their menu. The culinary side has been given a major refresh with a menu that is defined by good taste and preference, and they've decided to categorize these diners into two sections. One section is for the 'Purist', defines as diners who appreciate traditional tastes of Thai cuisine and seek to experience the dishes loved by the world; and the 'Adventurous' diner, or those who seek to go beyond boundaries, and are in search of new tastes from the four regional cuisines of Thailand. 

But while it would be great to get myself on a plane to fly straight to Thailand, at least with Mango Tree's new direction I can appreciate more on what Thai food is all about, and personally I like how they combine sweet, sour and spicy flavors that can only as distinctive as their culture, their people and their history.

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Some of the tasty dishes that we sampled during that time include a Watermelon Salad with Dried Shrimp Floss (Tangmoo Goong Haeng), a refreshing palate cleanser of fresh watermelon and shrimp floss mixed with a tad of sugar.

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A super spicy but now favorite of mine, the Stir-fried Crab in Curry Sauce (Phad Phong Ka Ree), is a simple yet delicious crabmeat dish with egg and yellow curry sauce. No fake crabmeat here, people.

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Meanwhile, the Thai Tapioca Dumplings (Sakoo Sai Moo) is a street favorite made with steamed tapioca balls seasoned with ground pork and ground peanuts, takes center stage as part of their Adventurist menu.

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The Grilled US Pork Collar (Kor Moo Yang), marinated grilled US pork collar served with Isan jim jaew sauce perfectly executes the flavors of the region.

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And the Stir-fried Lady Finger Okra (Okra Fai Daeng) which is topped with garlic, bird's eye chili and yellow bean paste accompanies greatly with the meats served to us during that time.

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For those who prefer poultry, the Isan Grilled Chicken, deep fried chicken marinated with special Thai herbs served with Isan jim jaew sauce, is also super good!

Just in case you don't know what Isan jim jaew sauce is, it is a sauce made from fish sauce, onions, sugar with notable sour notes from local lime or tamarind, and spicy notes from freshly chopped or sometimes dried chili.

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Thai desserts resemble the flavours of Filipino desserts for a tad bit, but having them at Mango Tree makes it more interesting. Their Tri-colored Mango Sticky Rice is a popular choice with is attractively tri-coloured with coconut sauce and fresh, ripe mangoes.

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I cleansed my palate even more with some simple Thai-Style Mochi, glutinous rice balls with grated coconut and palm sugar. The use of glutinous rice is quite familiar because of our exposure to bilo-bilo, the only difference being the preparation. And it's still delicious!


My only advice when dining or chilling out at Mango Tree is that you don't have to feel intimidated. The new look caters to all and the dishes are spectacular. If you're tired of the usual and want to try something new, then Mango Tree in BGC would be a good choice for either a nightly cap off, date night with friends or even special get-togethers with the family! 

Nines

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Visit Mango Tree and sample their all-new menu selection now. For information and reservations, call (02) 217-2367.

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