Menu and interior
Dinner at the new Thai restaurant Mango Tree Thai located at the old Enzo’s site on Port Road a few weekends back. The high ratings on Urbanspoon was a strong drawcard for our visit as well as the discount offered when dining in with the Entertainment Book.
After an initial mix up from the waiter who served us food ordered from the table beside us (oops), our entree platter arrived shortly thereafter. A plate of mini golden morsels ready to be tackled by two very hungry bellies.
Mango Tree entree platter (2 pieces each); $18.50
Tod mun pla (fish cakes), poo hoe (mince wrapped in tofu sheet) and tong thong
The home made Thai style fish cakes were springy with a bouncy bite served with a cucumber and chilli sauce to add some freshness and heat. Poo hoe were thick discs of crab meat, chicken and prawn minced wrapped in a crispy tofu sheet then lightly fried; in comparison with the fish cakes, the meat was less springy and a bit more “flakier” but the traditional Thai flavours still intact. The golden pastry morsel, more commonly known as money bags were encased in a crisp thin pastry with a prawn and minced chicken filling marinated in garlic and pepper.
This was both new to us; a traditional Thai recipe of fresh vegetables and herbs with roasted coconut wrapped in kai lan leaves in a special sauce with flavours dancing on our taste buds. A lovely balance of saltiness, sweetness and sourness. We purposely left it for last cause of it’s sweetness reminiscent of a sweet coconut-y dessert. Interesting and just the right serving size!
Pal nuer; $14.50
One of my favourite Thai dishes: a spicy Thai beef salad with onion, shallots and roasted rice. Fragrant, flavourful and vibrant with so much texture; crisp and freshness from the vegetables and herbs paired with the soft tender beef pieces dressed in a strong ‘sweet and sour’ dressing. Delish.
Egg net pad Thai; $18.50
This has got to be almost everyone’s favourite and go-to Thai dish – pad Thai! Mango Tree’s pad Thai is served with a thin egg net on top of the tamarind based rice noodles with chicken with a handful of bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and a wedge of lemon to finish the dish off. We both would have preferred the noodles to be cooked a little longer but aside from that, a winning dish.
Gaeng ped ped yaang (red duck curry); $22.50
A generous serving of red duck curry was next! A spicy red curry with roasted duck, fresh pineapple, cherry tomatoes and vegetables. I didn’t care too much for the cherry tomatoes and would have preferred sweet plump juicy lychees over the pineapple but preferences aside, lots of large duck pieces in a fragrant and slightly spicy sauce with welcomed crunch from the snow peas and beans. Mmmm~
Pad makhuer; $18.50
Just when you thought we couldn’t fit anymore in, a serve of their popular crispy eggplant sauteed with a secret sauce topped with crispy noodles was ordered! They must have used one huge eggplant for this dish, there was so much of it! Large chunks of eggplant fried until crispy on the outside then marinated in a sticky dark sauce with a mound of crispy noodles on top which I think the dish could do without. General consensus for the eggplant… thumbs up!
We struggled to finish our massive feast and doggy bagged the rest; luckily for one of us, lunch was sorted for the following day. Good service, relaxing environment and delectable dishes, I’m pretty sure I’ll be back with a group in toe to order more of their other popular dishes!
308 Port Road
Hindmarsh SA 5007
P 08 8346 0218
Tue-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm