Friday, February 22, 2008
The Mango Tree - One More Time!
We brought my mother-in-law and both kids to The Mango Tree on Sunday after discovering it the previous week. Here's what we had. From the starters - vegetable pakora. Nice little medley of vegetables given the fry of death. One of the few ways Nadine will eat her vegetables.
Also from the starters, this was probably the most delicious dish of them all. Well, for me anyway. Hubby thought them "too seafoody" (hey, it's called "umami"). And mother-in-law who does not like shellfish would not even touch them. Oh I'm not complaining, it means more for me! Beautiful, intense flavours all coming together. Every morsel was a delight.
We had this the last time too. Even though I wanted to try something different, hubby who liked this dish so much, was adamant on having this again. Normally he won't even touch mutton!
Sambar - mom-in-law loves her dhal curries, so she had to have this lentil concoction. Smoky and spicy but not chili hot. Not my favourite though.
The machli naan basically has a chili-seafood paste smeared on the inside. It's interesting on its own but the fish-like taste may interfere with the flavours of the dishes you are having. The cheese naan is light, fluffy and a great base for all the curries.
Wow, this one is a salty assault on the tongue. Grows on you though. Nice fish too, definitely better than mullet in the Allepey fish curry. Not as spicy as it looks, not to worry!
Strangely, I prefer their plain basmati rice over the lemon version. Although it has more ingredients, the latter seemed a tad bitter and more soggy (maybe due to the lemon's acidity). The plain one had a natural basmati fragrance.
They kindly cut the kulfi into three pieces (on their own initiative) for the diners sharing. It was thick, rich, creamy with visible mango pieces. Having tried both, I think we prefer the coconut kulfi. But for lassi, the mango version rules. The strawberry one is too sweet. Salty one is refreshing according to mom-in-law.
Overall, another satisfying meal. Nadine polished off most of the complimentary papadum and half a cheese naan. Can't wait to get her to eat spicy stuff!
THE MANGO TREE
1000 East Coast Parkway
B23 Marine Cove
Tel: 6442-8655 / 6442-1655
Mon-Thurs: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Fri: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.30pm - 11pm
Sat: 11.30am - 11pm
Sun: 11.30am - 10.30pm