Ramadan is so many things for me but one of the most exciting part is sharing a meal with my loved ones, my family, my friends that are like family. So, I thought what better way to spend one of the many blessed evenings with some of my lovely followers. So as Mango Tree invited me into their restaurant in Victoria, I took the opportunity to take 3 of you guys with me for iftar.
Mango Tree is a pan Asian restaurant in the heart of Victoria. I remember visiting a few years ago (the ages of pre blogging) with one of my friends and had such a great time that I was excited to try out the iftar menu as well as introduce it to my fellow foodies.
The iftar menu is a set menu which continues till the weekend of 5th June. It’s such a lovely initiative from Mango Tree.
There was a lot a lot of food for the iftar menu even for all 4 of us. We were offered dates and a refreshing mocktail/juice to open our fast, which was shortly followed by a platter of starters – vegetable spring roll with chilli sauce, chicken satay with peanut sauce, pinched prawn cakes with plum sauce.
The starters were nice but nothing out of the ordinary, which was nice if you like to play it safe.
Then out came the mains – spicy beef massaman curry with potatoes and cashew nuts, corn-fed chicken in coconut milk and Thai herbs, stir fried king prawns with vegetables and oyster sauce, stir fried noodles with chicken, squid, and soya sauce.
There was so much food we barely touched some of it so we took it away because Ramadan isn’t the month to waste food, if ever!
The dessert was a coconut sorbet – and was probably one of the best things of the whole evening! So refreshing and a great close to the meal.
Overall, the iftar menu is great value for money at £38 per person as there is a lot a lot of food being served. However, I did feel that the meal was kind of mediocre which was a shame especially as I remember it being better a few years ago. That might have been due to the set menu, and maybe the actual a la carte menu would have been better. There was nothing wrong with the meal – far from it, but I didn’t feel there was anything special about it.
Furthermore, when they invited me, I asked the restaurant whether they had a prayer room facility to which they answered that they did. When we got there and asked where to pray, they took us to a dirty store room which was more of a wine cellar!!!!! 😱😱😱😱😱😱 Usually, if the restaurant has no prayer facility it’s fine, understandable. But what I didn’t like was that they pretended to have this space when actually it was a simple “no, sorry we don’t”. It kind of really defeated the whole purpose of having an iftar menu when you’re unable to cater for the most basic need. When I asked one of the waitresses (there were a total of 2 serving the whole restaurant!), she very casually responded that they didn’t get many Muslim customers who want to pray.
I think in this case Mango Tree has really tried to go above and beyond by introducing an iftar menu for the Month of Ramadan, which is a lovely gesture, but they really haven’t put much thought into what would work and what facilities they need to provide. The food portions were very generous and good hearty food but just a little more attention to detail would make it that much better.
The scores are in…
Food – 6 out of 10
Service – 8 out of 10
Atmosphere – 6 out of 10
Experience – 6 out of 10
Overall, giving the Iftar Menu at Mango Tree a total TLH score of 6 out of 10.
Address: 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London. SW1X 7EQ
Halal Status: All meat is halal – alcohol is served.
Hope you’re all having a lovely Ramadan! Check out Mango Tree iftar menu before 5th June and let me know what you think xxx