Philippines, being well-known for its hospitality to foreign tourists and travelers, is also very much hospitable and welcoming to different cuisines across the globe. One of these is the Thai Cuisine, of which many Filipinos are enjoying right here in the country.
Thai Cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and spices. Thai dishes are not just demonstrative of intricacy – attention to details, taste, color, and even texture, they also give prominence on the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits while still considering good flavor.
Because of the exquisite manner of its preparation, Thai cuisine certainly becomes one of the favorites in the world. And one of the best is seen and experienced in Mango Tree restaurants in three different prime spots in the metro – Bonifacio Global City, Quezon City, and Makati City.
On June 22, 2017, The Foodie Station was welcomed to experience the hospitality of Mango Tree in BGC and was fortunate enought to indulge in one of the best Thai restaurants in the country.
First on the list is the beautifully prepared Onsen Egg – Japanese egg cooked the Thai way, at 460 Fahrenheit. According to Executive Chef Prapun Sangpumpong, “All cuisines can be mixed and matched”, and because of that, we can now enjoy this combination of Japanese egg with Thai tamarind sauce.
Tom Kha Soup with Prawns. As what Chef Prapun said when all cuisines and food can be matched, even flavors come into play. This one of a kind soup is a combination of sweet and sour, a mix of coconut milk and galangal producing a unique tasting soup. One has the option to choose between prawns, lobsters, chicken, seafood, and vegetables as the main ingredient. For that night, we picked prawns and the freshness of the seafood was legit, the authenticity of the Thai flavor evident.
Miang Kham (not photographed) is another unique starter made of crispy coconut, savory herbs with green bitter leaves, and chutney. Since all the ingredients are served separately, one can easily control and create the desired taste.
This Pad Thai is served with stir-fried rice noodles, prawns, chili, carrots, and salted egg sauce. Given the increasing demand for salted-egg flavored food, Mango Tree came up with their own contribution, prepared with authentic Thai ingredients and taste – Kwiteyow Goong Khai Khem.
Pla Krapong Neung. One of Mango Tree’s specialties is their Steamed Sea Bass served with lime sauce. The dish is served with a tiny flame underneath the serving bowl to keep the soup warm and to maintain the freshness of the flavors. The combination of lime and chili gives the steamed fish the perfect flavor and the sauce adds a tasty and unique kick with all the special spices, especially when poured over rice, which Mango Tree has a wide selection that they can truly boast of.
The Salted Egg Fried Rice is one of the highlights. As one of the new dishes, it is cooked with salted egg, lime, tomato, cucumber and catfish flakes. This in itself is a meal with the catfish flakes generously topping the stir fried rice with salted egg sauce! But when paired with Mango Tree’s other delicious dishes, it’s gonna be one helluva dining experience where all different flavors blend into one unique taste! Take our word for it, this one’s a must try!
Moo Gob (Crispy Pork Belly) is another must try, especially for pork lovers. The crisp, deep fried pork cuts served with spicy vinegar and sweet dipping sauce give off a juicy and tender taste.
Khao Niew Ma Muang (Mango Sticky Rice)is the best way to wrap up a Thai dining experience. A perfect dessert is a blend of sweet and sour flavors and Mango Tree’s Sticky Brown Rice gives us exactly what we need. The coconut milk is served warm with sliced mangoes on the side that seamlessly complement each other.
Dining in Mango Tree will give you a real feel of Thailand. In fact, furniture and fixtures are made in Thailand, and even the utensils, completing the entire Thai experience.
Mango Tree can accommodate 168 people at the ground floor.
The second floor has a 40-seat capacity open function area for walk-ins or VIP reservations that can be set-up with either round tables (8-seater) and/or quadrangular tables (20-seater), depending on the guest’s preference. For only Php 1,500 per head, consumable, guests can make us of this area, minimum of 20 pax.
Chilling with friends or family is also a good idea because of their wide variety of choice wine. Many of these are from France but their house wine is just as fine. Prices start at Php 1,000.
Serving authentic Thai dishes since 1989, Mango Tree’s menu brings together the best of all four regions of Thailand.
So, what are you waiting for? To experience a one of a kind authentic Thai food, visit Mango Tree Restaurant in the heart of Bonifacio Global City at Ground floor, Bonifacio Highstreet Central, 7th Avenue, BGC, Taguig.
Bet you, Mango Tree will bring you a true and unforgettable Thai cuisine experience at its best!
-Mart Yosores (The Foodie Station Correspondent) edited by The Foodie Station