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Mango Tree: Finally, Authentic Thai Fine Dining in Manila?!

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How times have changed!

Hotels no longer monopolize the fine dining scene in Manila. Most actually have neglected it--they hardly innovate or even renovate their restaurants. They just rely on introducing different-themed buffets with different chefs. These days, if you want to go out for really good food, you go to specialized themed restaurants.

And now, we have Mango Tree to thank for bringing Authentic Thai Fine Dining to Manila!

Since Mango Tree is a Thailand Restaurant Chain, you can expect authentic Thai food and not the toned-down, Filipino-Thai sweet version. (I was never a fan of the Mango Tree Bistros here in Manila because the food was a bit safe and lacked in taste.)

We love the Mango Tree Flagship Store in Bonifacio High Street Central for its authentic Thai dishes, high-ceiling interiors, and Thai-inspired ambiance.

Check out our Mango Tree Dining experience with my Mastermind team...

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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Mango Tree has the most impressive restaurant facade and is the biggest restaurant in Bonifacio High Street Central.

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Although it looks elegant, its high-ceiling, minimalist Thai ambiance still has a homey touch.

Mango Tree-3.jpgMango Tree Menu:
Cold Appetizers | Grilled Food
Soup & Curry | Thai Specialty
Vegetarian | Rice & Noodles
Dessert | Drinks
Mango Tree Picture Menu:
Cold Appetizers, Satay, Grilled Food
Soup & Curry, Thai Specialty
Thai Specialty, Vegetarian, Noodles
Rice
Drink & Cocktails:
Mango Tree Signature Cocktails, Martinis Cocktails
Cocktails
Beer, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
After Dinner Drinks, Juice, Soda, Liquers

 

Legend:
(n) contains nuts | (s) contains shellfish | (w) contains wheat | (v) suitable for vegetarians
★ - Recommended Dishes

It has a very extensive menu, and you can get easily lost in it because of the Thai names of the dishes. You can use what we ordered below as a starting point.

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You have the option to reserve the center circular tables or the tables with lounge chairs. Although the area looks like it can accommodate a lot of customers, it is still advisable to reserve in advance.

Appetizers:

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Yum Som O (P380 +10% service charge). (n)(s) Pomelo salad with fresh prawns and grated coconut.

This salad balanced the flavors of the pomelo and the coconut well. The serving size is good to share for 2-3 persons.

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★ Nam Tok Nua (P450 +10% service charge). Northeastern style grilled beef salad tossed with dry red chili, kaffir lime and spring onion.

If you want a spicier start, we recommend this grilled beef cold salad with a good spicy kick.

By default, the hotness level is medium to cater to the Filipino market. You have to specify how spicy you want it to be.

For me, I was really looking forward to authentically spicy Thai dishes where you can feel smoke coming out of your ears. But I was a bit disappointed because they served dishes with toned-down heat levels. The waiters won't ask you how hot you want it to be, like they do in Thailand.

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★ Gai Hor Bai Toey (P380 +10% service charge). Marinated chicken thigh wrapped in pandan leaves served with sweet tamarind sauce.

We love their version of Chicken Pandan. It was cooked very well with no burnt taste and served with a yummy tamarind sauce.

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Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (P120 +10% service charge).

The orange juice was somewhat diluted -- I won't order drinks here anymore if this is the kind of quality they serve in a fine dining resto. It'd probably be better to go to Jamba for your fruit juice drink fix.

Soup:

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Tom Yum Goong (P400 +10% service charge). (s) Spicy Thai prawn soup with lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal, mushrooms, and red chilies.

The Tom Yum Goong was good in terms of taste, and it was not too oily and not too hot. Thing is, it cooled down very quickly. I would have expected it to be served like they do in Thai Dara to keep it hot throughout.

Better sip this quickly once it is served and specify that you want it to be hotter than usual. :)

Main Course:

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★ Gai Yang (P400 +10% service charge). Char-grilled free-range whole chicken marinated in Thai herbs and served with Isan chili dipping sauce.

This was a pleasant surprise -- a whole free-range chicken that's been marinated with different Thai herbs for only P400. I loved the Isan chili dipping sauce, which tasted like sweet patis (fish sauce) with chili and other spices. Really good value for your money!

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★ Poo Phad Phong Ka Ree (P800 +10% service charge). (s) Stir-fried fresh mud crab with onion and yellow curry powder (meat only).

Mud Crab is one of their specialties, so we tried the yellow curry version with meat only. It was served in a huge bowl and we were not even able to finish it.

One thing I love about Mango Tree is that you can order the good, tried-and-tested, cliche Thai dishes that Filipinos love alongside new Thai specialties you haven't tasted before.

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★ Phad Phak Ka-Na (P320 +10% service charge). (v) Stir-fried kale with garlic in a light soy sauce.

Mango Tree also has a good Vegetarian menu; I suggest always adding a vegetable dish in at least one of your orders. :) We would recommend this Kale (Asian Broccoli) dish.

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Panang Pak (P300 +10% service charge). (v) Mixed vegetables and pea aubergine in panang curry.

This was not that appealing -- the only dish we regretted ordering.

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★ Pad Thai Goong (P420 +10% service charge). (s) (w) Thai stir-fried rice noodles with prawns.

The Pad Thai was delicious and had a good balance of flavors. It was not too sweet, unlike in other Filipino-Thai restaurants.

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★ Khao Ob Supparod (P380 +10% service charge). Pineapple Fried Rice.

The Pineapple Fried Rice was good by itself, but it did not complement the other dishes. It is better to order the Khao Suey (P70 +10% service charge), which is Steamed Jasmine Rice that's bottomless. :)

Desserts:

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★ Khao Niew Ma Muang (P180 +10% service charge). Ripe fresh mango served with sweetened sticky rice.

The desserts are really good! This one had well-selected sweet mango and good consistency with the sticky rice.

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★ Tako Khao Phod (P180 +10% service charge). 4 pieces of coconut jelly with corn filling.

This is the Filipino favorite Thai dessert. :) It never fails to end a Thai meal on a satisfyingly sweet note.

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Thanks to our Mastermind Team for agreeing to eat in Mango Tree during the soft opening. Our bill was about P1,500 per person.

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Thanks to the friendly Mango Tree team and the Thai guy who helped us with the menu and recommended the dishes! :)

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Overall, Mango Tree offers excellent Thai cuisine with a fantastic ambiance that would give hotels something to think about. Budget about P800-P1,000 per person for a full Mango Tree experience. 

MANGO TREE: Thai Cuisine at its BEST!
7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 
(Across Kabisera/Pancake/Starbucks)
Mobile Number: +63 917 534-9145
Telephone Number: +632 2172367 
FacebookMango Tree Manila
Operating Hours: Lunch: 11.30-2.30 Dinner: 5.30-11.30pm

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

 

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our meals. We are not connected with the restaurant and any organization promoting it.

P.S. Stay away from the Mango Tree Bistros; go for the authentic Mango Tree Fine Dining Experience. You have to eat now in Mango Tree while the Thai chefs and Thai startup crew are still here in Manila, hand-holding the Manila team.
 

P.P.S. I just hope that Mango Tree would be more accommodating of people who want to have spicier Thai food, and ask what spice level the diners prefer instead of assuming most Filipinos love medium-spiced Thai dishes.

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so the Mango Tree BISTRO not under the Mango Tree fine dining chain of resto?

It is the same owners... I just did not like the food in Mango Tree Bistro.

thanks for this Anton! i've been avoiding Mango Tree because I though same food quality with Mango Tree Bistro! really didn't enjoy the food at the bistro in Trinoma :-/ i'll reconsider trying this :)

I wonder why there's a difference in taste between mango tree bistro and this one if its from the same Thai owners.

I also was not wowed with Mango Tree Bistro and thought this was the same one.

Mango Tree vs People's Palace?

I love Thai food! will try this when i am in the area!:)

mango tree is so-so for me.. i'd pick people's palace over it, no questions asked.

Mango tree or benjarong dusit hotel?

My new favorite is NAV Thai on United Street in Barrio Kapitolyo, near Pioneer Center. I really love the food there and Benjarong, as well.....

So far the only Thai places I've tried are:

Krung Thai in Marikina (Great value for money. Feels like a hidden gem)
People's Palace
Nav (Another great place)
Basil in White Plains-Katipunan area

Where do you think Mango Tree ranks among these?

The price per head is almost hotel-like prices narin noh?

Here's the Thai places that I like in terms of overall experience...

1. Benjarong in Dusit Thani
2. People's Palace in Greenbelt
3. Dek A in Makati
4. Mango Tree in Bonifacio High Street Central
5. Nav in Brgy Kapitolyo
6. Thai Dara in Wilson/ Brgy Kapitolyo

I have yet to try Krung Thai and Basil, and other new thai places in the Metro.

dined here a few weeks ago... service needs more fine tuning. But the table side romance of their waiters are really good. They know their menu. Problem is we waited for that roasted chicken and it never arrived. coincedence that the other table who arrived later than us got their chicken faster. one of the owners. an old lady apologized to us. and gave us free dessert. He later introduced one of his partners who was SEATED at the other table where we saw the chicken was given by the watress. any way food was ok. wish the curry sauces where spicier and thicker. Over all it was ok. We'll give it another chance:)

to add the crispy cat fish salad was good and the sate. also liked their thai iced tea.

i adore the interior!!! awesome Thai place :)

Hi Anton, I just wanted to give you and your readers a heads-up about the truly awful experience my family and I had at Mango Tree last Sunday, April 8, around 8pm. I invited my family to try it out because of your glowing report on your pleasant expereience.

We were 80% done with our meal, finishing up the curry we'd ordered, when my brother found a whole FLY on his plate, which came from the curry sauce he'd ladled over his rice. What made it so much worse was how the restaurant handled it all. We calmly called the attention of a waiter, who was perhaps overwhelmed by the situation and called the manager, who did nothing and said nothing remotely apologetic. He went away and left us there. After waiting for a long while with no one from the restuarant approaching us, I had him called and he came bearing a plate of 4 coconut custards. We politely informed him we were not paying for our meal and stood up to leave.

Such a horrible experience for this international chain. Nakakadiri. Nakakasira ng gabi.

What about Muang Thai in Malakas, QC? It is tastefully decorated, truly Thai. They even have live performances every Tuesday and Thursday. Their prices are way affordable than Mango Tree Bistro. The last time we were there, we had the crispy catfish salad, basil beef, and lapu-lapu and drinks. We only spent P1,300 for a party of 4.

Both KAH & Thai Fusion in BF Homes are authentic (Thai cooks & Thai ingredients) and have way better prices compared to places mentioned here. Thai Dara in Greenhills is ok as well. Stop paying hotel prices for Thai food esp. if, like in the review above, they can't maintain cleanliness!

All I can say is "HMMMMM" looks delicious. Pineapple Fried rice looks delicious.

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