Under the Mango Tree! Didn’t you like the name? I also fell for the name. Long ago Sunny and me had visited this place for dinner. It’s just off Richmond Road. I had heard a lot about the place and finally decided to pay my respects.
It is indeed under a mango tree and looks quite nice. We went at night. I don’t think it’s a ‘night-night’ place. That dinner of ours did not go quite well too. However, I went there again for lunch. This time around it seemed so much better. The place looked nicer in daylight. It had this strange calm feeling. White walls, green leaves and brown furniture just had an earthy feeling. It put me at ease.
What did it for me was the order. I guess, at our last visit we had ordered wrong. This time, we asked for Tomato Basil Soup and a Corn and Pepper Soup. The Tomato Basil was awesome! It gets a 5 star rating. The corn and pepper too was good. That unsatisfactory hangover that existed from my last visit was just driven away by the soup. 10 points here!
Next on our list was some salad and bread. So, we picked the Verdu Cotta Mista Salad and Garlic Bread with Pesto. Yes, I did not go for cheese this time. I am trying to save the cheese indulgence for a greater occasion. Grilled mushroom, zucchini, asparagus and some leaves made the salad worthwhile. It was quite spicy as well. Didn’t really feel like I was having a salad. For those who know me, salad is a no no on my list of orders! If I am recommending a salad which is sans cheese, then trust me it has to be good. So, do try this out. Garlic bread with pesto is a good alternate to garlic bread with cheese. It was quite light and tasty.
We saw on the chef’s daily special the Burmese Khow Suey! I was told that this would be really good. Since I love exploring new cuisine, I did not stop myself from asking for a Veg Khow Suey. The dish took me by a surprise when it was brought to my table. I guess it’s the Burmese way of replying to the Indian Thali! Yes, on a huge plate there was one big bowl in the centre and tinier bowls around it. The big bowl had noodles dipped in a thick yellowish-green gravy and topped with a heap of fried onions. The tinier bowls had a variety of things, just like our thali. There was rice in one, some spicy oil in another, cauliflower and zucchini in one, baby corn in another, some mushrooms and other vegetables. We were given a bowl each along with a plate. Normally, people mix all that they like together and eat. Else, we could also pick a spoonful of each and mix it as we eat. I mixed rice, cauliflower and baby corn together. This was one of my most satisfying new attempts. The tummy was really happy. I ended up over eating. However, I did not feel as bad, as my rule of no-cheese still stayed good.
I heard from my friends that their pizzas are good too. There was no room for any dessert. But I believe their blueberry cheese cake is worth a try. So, next time around, I know that’s going to be ordered.
If you have not been to Under the Mango Tree then do go there. It’s worth a visit. Order any of the above mentioned dishes. I think they are a safe bet. The others may be a little dicey. I don’t know if I can vouch by the others there. It’s different and might make you happy if you go there on a quite Sunday afternoon, sip some wine and eat some Khow Suey.