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    Bangkoka��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 nurturedA� 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.

    a�?We felt that Bangalore had a discerning mix of people and a need for affordable and authentic Thai cuisine,a�? shares Trevor MacKenzie, director of global development for the chain. The bistro bar offers more to the city foodie than a�?tom yum, green curry and phad thaia�? 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 lookA� a�?eliminating as many Thai curios as possiblea�?. So, dona��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 a�� 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.

    TuckA� 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 dona��t mind the calories, the chefa��s special deep-fried ice cream is something that is rich and quite decadent.

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

    a��Susanna Chandy


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