After hearing rave reviews about Mango Tree from a friend, I thought it was time to check this place out. Located close to the beginning of Port Road heading west, the restaurant appears to be nothing special when you look at it’s narrow frontage. The inside is deceptively spacious with curved arches that separate two dining areas. The pale green walls cleverly match the striped carpet, while the strategically placed bamboo gives this place a touch of tradition. The leather seats are comfortable and the linen tablecloths add a bit of elegance.
Tonight, some of us in the group ordered the banquet. Some of the mains were in the mid 20′s, and for an extra couple of dollars, you get some extra courses added. It seemed like good value to me so we went for it. We were told in advance that there were going to be up to 45 minute delays with the meals due to the restaurant being busy, but we didn’t experience that. Our entrees started coming out after 15 minutes which was acceptable.
The first thing I had in the entree were the Spring Rolls. They were longer than normal but a bit thinner in circumference. The Spring Rolls were freshly cooked and the skin was nice and crispy. There wasn’t much to the filling but it was the crunchiness of the pastry skin that did it for me.
Next up were the Prawn Moneybags. The thin pastry was crisp and nicely fried. Inside was a prawn and minced chicken filling that was marinated with garlic and pepper. You could actually taste the morsels of prawn in the dish.
Next up was the Mah Hoe. A marinated minced chicken meatball served on a slice of pineapple. The chicken was soft and delicate, and simply fell apart when touched. The pineapple added a nice sweetness which complimented the savoury chicken.
For mains, we started off the with the Cashew Nut Chicken. The chicken was tender and succulent, and the vegetables were nice and crisp. The cashew nuts added a nice crunchy texture and I thought the dish was well executed.
Next up was the Green Beef Curry. The beef was lean and tender, and the vegetables had absorbed a lot of the flavour. The curry sauce was nice and thick, and had a nice afterburn. Probably one of the best green curries I’ve ever had.
The third main was the Fried Eggplant. I can’t really say I’m a fan of eggplant but this wasn’t too bad. The battered coating was a bit thick, but the flesh of the eggplant was soft and juicy. The vegetables were fresh and crisp, while the dressing added nice depth to the dish.
For dessert, some of us had the Caramel Ice Cream. I’m not sure whether the ice cream was home made or scooped out of a supermarket tub, but it was heavenly. The ice cream was silky smooth with a subtle sweetness. The dessert was so simple yet so good.
The other members of the group who didn’t go for the banquet ordered their own entrees and mains. There weren’t really any complaints from the others and everybody was quite content.
The friend who had the Creme Caramel said it was slightly overcooked. You could tell from the air bubbles on the side.
The staff were friendly and welcoming from start to finish. The service was excellent. Drinks were brought out promptly, plates were cleared as we finished and the staff were always around when we needed them. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing was fair. For anyone who wants to try a variety of dishes, the banquet is a great option. One thing I was really impressed with was the presentation of the meals. Someone out in the kitchen really knows how to be creative.
This place does pretty much everything right. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and definitely recommend this place.
WHERE: 308 Port Rd, Hindmarsh