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    Bangkok’s Mango Tree offers Thai food with a bistro twist

    First opened in an old bungalow in Bangkok as a fine dining restaurant set around a sprawling mango tree, the Coca group nurtured  Mango Tree into an international chain with a presence in London, Kuching (Malaysia), Tokyo, Dubai and Macau. They enter the country with their bistro version on 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar.

    “We felt that Bangalore had a discerning mix of people and a need for affordable and authentic Thai cuisine,” shares Trevor MacKenzie, director of global development for the chain. The bistro bar offers more to the city foodie than “tom yum, green curry and phad thai” with a subtle mix of traditional recipes and tasty innovations.

    Breaking the mould
    In a conscious effort to break free of the stereotypical Thai restaurants, MacKenzie and his team have leaned towards a loungy bistro look  “eliminating as many Thai curios as possible”. So, don’t be surprised when you see just one Buddha greeting you as you step off the elevator. Sleek, gray tiles juxtapose the exposed brick walls and a neon-light bar dominates the middle-level with casual seating on its upper and lower ends. Plus, a quirky slate ceiling inscribed with some of their most popular recipes finished in chalk and floor-to-ceiling glass and scattered lanterns for mood lighting.

    Dishing it out
    We were quickly introduced to a wide range of appetisers – definitely their forte. Green mango salad was the perfect blend of sweet, sour and spice, while the papaya salad with prawn was a pleasant upgrade of the popular dish. Next came the perfectly marinated slivers of pork with Isan dipping sauce and the juicy fish cakes with a creamy tartare-like sauce.

    Tuck  in
    Main course was a slight disappointment with the phad Thai lacking any discernible flavour and the grilled chicken rather bland. The deep-fried sea bass however, had a pleasant lemony tang to the piquant marinade. We highly recommend the mango sticky rice in the dessert department as it is quite authentic. And for those who don’t mind the calories, the chef’s special deep-fried ice cream is something that is rich and quite decadent.

    Rs. 800++.At Indiranagar. Details: 42023522

    —Susanna Chandy

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