We were meeting G and her daughter for lunch in Trinoma. We do not frequent Trinoma since its quite far from our house but I remembered hearing about Mango Tree Bistro so we decided on meeting there. It boasts of a great pedigree hailing from its mother restaurant Mango Tree in Thailand.
We arrived first and was surprised it was located on the 3rd floor beside the Powerbooks outlet. The design was very stylish and chic with heavy use of black colors accented by purple chairs and lamps. It has the feel of an after hours lounge rather than a typical restaurant.
We proceeded to order while waiting for G and her daughter. Mango Tree Bistro had a nice, extensive and appetizing looking menu, a nice first impression.
Yum Woo Sen (P280). Spicy glass noodles with lime and shrimps. The noodles were a little spicy for me so I had to eat it in moderation, but it was above Irene’s tolerance level already. Good thing I ordered Thai Iced tea to relieve the spiciness from my taste buds, since its milk based.
Thod Mun Goong (P280). Shrimp cakes, my favorite Thai appetizer. This is the best shrimp cake I’ve had outside Thailand, of course nothing beats eating it there. Each bite was crispy outside while the shrimp filling inside was very juicy, a quick dip in the sweet chili sauce adds a different layer of taste.
Tom Yum Goong (P280). Irene’s favorite soup, the level was spiciness was just right. It tasted quite good to me but I’m not really a fan of tom yum.
Pad Thai Goong (P350). This was a disappointment. I did not like it at all although it was presented nicely with the egg netting covering the dish.
Talay Prik Thai Dum (P350). This was a hit with everybody. Mixed seafood with black pepper sauce, a perfect companion to steaming hot white rice. The seafood were very fresh and the pepper sauce complimented it very well. I think I ate too much rice due to this dish.
Phad Phak Bung Fai Daeng (P180). Stir fried morning glory (kangkong), our only vegetable dish. A Thai resto staple for us. The veggies were still very crunchy and green, signaling correct cooking. The sauce was also good bu compared to the pepper sauce, it lost its luster.
Mango Tree Bistro is a go to place for authentic Thai food, you could really taste the authentic spices in their dishes. Prices are a little high considering the serving sizes, probably owing to their spices being imported from Thailand. It also looks like a good place to hang out and chill since I saw some cocktails on the menu.
Mango Tree Bistro3rd Level, Trinoma Mall (beside Powerbooks)
EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City 585.5460
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