The first night of summer was spent on the patio of Mango Tree in City Center sipping a spicy mango cocktail. Yelp Elite hosted the event at a relatively new restaurant that is gaining worldwide appeal. According the the Washington Post “Mango Tree is part of a Bangkok-based company, the Mango Tree Group, with 70-plus places to eat around the world, including 11 Mango Trees in eight countries.” The drink in question is called a Spicy Siam made of mango juice, rum, and a sprinkle of red chili that gives it an unexpected bite at the end. The drinks flowed freely and were plucked up quickly by guests trying to stay cool in the tropical heat that replicated what a steamy evening in Bangkok must feel like.
The servers presented trays filled with pork belly buns, crab fried rice, watermelon salad, chicken satay, and crispy coconut brussels sprouts all evening. My favorite was the crab fried rice which was a healthy portion for a sampling. I was most excited about the pork belly buns and the watermelon salad, but sadly found myself quite underwhelmed by the lack of filling and flavor inside of the pillowy soft bun, and overwhelmed by the busy flavors and textures of the watermelon salad. While I am usually a big fan of brussels sprouts, the crispy coconut brussels sprouts just weren’t impressive enough to warrant a second go despite the urging of the servers. The chicken satay was a surprise stand out with moist, tender meat and a flavorful sauce.
I look forward to going back to try their regular menu items, as well as revisiting the tasty samples that we tried at the Yelp event. Do you like Thai food? What is your favorite Thai dish? (Editor’s note: Sadly Mango Tree closed at the end of 2016.)
Mango Tree 929 H St. NW (City Center) 202-408-8100. www.mangotreedc.com