Here at House of Coco we love to get involved in an International New Year celebration, especially when it involves eating some lovely Thai food! Songrkran or Thai New Year is the biggest and most memorable water festival you’ll ever experience when in Thailand and this year takes place from the 13th-15th April.
Our Lifestyle Writer, Helena, went down to Mango Tree Belgravia for some pre-New Year celebrations and experience a true taste of the Thai New Year Menu especially made for their national celebrations. Mango Tree is an award-wining authentic Thai restaurant very popular with a hos of celebrities.
We couldn’t help but notice the casual yet welcoming atmosphere, reminiscent of restaurants in Thailand, the restaurant is designed with feng-shui in mind for a better dining experience. The staff has to be commended at Mango Tree, no less than amazing with a sense of Thai hospitality. The waiter took us through the menu and answered questions along with suggesting a variety of food and cocktails to try.
We started off with the Yum Pak Bung Krop (deep fried morning glory with Thai prawn salad) from the Thai New Year menu. Morning glory is a tropical vegetable similar to spinach (yes, I didn’t have a clue what morning glory was either), it is put into a sort of tempura and to be complimented with the tasty minced prawn salad.
The concise menu’s main course choices offers a range of everything you need with a variety of seafood, steak or chicken soup and a little more to offer than the typical Thai restaurant menu. We opted for the Suer Rong Hai (rib-eye steak marinated with lime and Thai herbs served with som tam salad) and will warn you now, it’s very much on the spicy side! So delicious and tasty and very more-ish, cooked medium and to perfection. Although if you can’t handle spicy food then it’s probably not for you, make sure you have an ice-cold water on stand by. The mojito definitely helped to cool down!
The meal is topped off with an authentic Thai dessert of homemade mango ice cream served with pandan sticky rice and Thai toppings.
The Thai New Year dishes will all be available to order individually, or as part of a set menu for £40 per person, which will include a starter, main course and dessert each, as well as a cocktail, beer or Thai tea on arrival. You can check out the full menu here.
Happy Songkran to you all!
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