Honestly, we’re not usually this fancy.
In fact, it was the first time I’d ever been to Harrods, full stop. But, as previous reviews demonstrate, I do adore Mango Tree. So the chance to try out their branch in London’s infamous Harrods department store definitely wasn’t going to be turned down. Plus we got to wander around and take selfies with bears afterwards, so it was definitely a winning situation.
The Mango Tree branch in Harrods isn’t a restaurant in the traditional sense – instead, it’s a counter area located in the Harrods food hall space. Kinda like in any shopping mall or large department store, only this is more high-end dishes and gourmet names than Spud-U-Like and a Subway counter.
Diners perch around the counter on the limited amount of seats and are able to devour a streamlined selection of the best and most luxurious dishes Mango Tree has to offer. Despite being in such a busy shopping-focused setting, I actually felt quite relaxed as we sipped on our wine and browsed the menu.
For starters, we decided to share a Fried Platter (£38.80). This consisted of Alaskan king crab and pumpkin spring rolls, Aromatic duck spring rolls, Sesame prawn spring rolls, Golden string phoenix prawns and a breaded cuttlefish cake. As part of the platter, we also got a bowl of prawn and chicken wonton soup. The soup was surprisingly brilliant, I wasn’t expecting it to be a highlight of the meal but the flavours were deliciously balanced, and the filling in the dumplings was just perfect. A good amount of dumplings too – although they were very hot on first bite.
I also enjoyed everything on the platter itself – the rolls were crisp and golden, falling apart to give way to considered flavour and easy to enjoy textures. A particular favourite was the Sesame prawn spring rolls. The entire platter benefitted from the rich soy-based dip too.
As a bit of a treat, we also ordered the Dim Sum Platter (£38.80). Seven pieces of dim sum were served up to us: Lobster and coriander, mixed seafood and baby spinach, Chilean sea bass gold leaf, foie gras and king scallop, prawn dumpling with white truffle oil, prawn and chive dumpling, black truffle golden fish shape prawn dumpling. I particularly liked the Chilean sea bass and prawn and chive dumplings, although everything was enjoyable with fresh ingredients offering bright flavours.
The only slight disappointment I had with the dim sum pieces was that they felt like a let down for the price – I’ve actually had less expensive dim sum and enjoyed it more, so despite the great tastes, I think I’d give this one a miss if I were visiting again.
Things got a bit fishy for me when we got to our main meal. And I mean that in a good way. Because I might just have tucked into the best fish dish I’ve had, ever.
I ordered the Black Cod Ob-Se-Eew (£29.80) from the selection of mains on offer, with a side of Jasmine Rice. The baked cod came wrapped in a decorative leaf, drizzled with a generous amount of sweet soy glaze, the perfect accompaniment to the soft, flaking fish that fell apart in my mouth. I didn’t eat the salad, which looked disappointingly wilted and dead – really a shame, as the fish itself was incredible.
Conor chose the Wagyu Beef Pho (£29.80), featuring beef, shredded chicken and rice noodles in a chicken and beef stock. It was also really, really good – although I sort of felt like the delicious quality wagyu beef almost seems wasted in a broth. Nevertheless, it was a really enjoyable, flavoursome dish.
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Absolutely stuffed from our meal, we decided not to have dessert. Which was a good idea because…they don’t actually serve it. Instead, we took a few steps into the chocolate hall area of Harrods (aka the DREAMLAND OF CHOCOLATEY WONDER) and picked up some super pricey chocs to scoff later on as our pudding. Okay, we could only really afford two each, but they were goooood.
I’m not gonna lie, for my usual budget standards, Harrods’ branch of Mango Tree is pricey. Much more so than the main restaurant in Belgravia, where you can take advantage of pre-theatre menus and deals. And quite honestly, in terms of what you get for your money, if you’re making a special effort to go I’d recommend you take a trip there, rather than the Harrods branch.
But if you’re shopping in Harrods anyway, you can probably stretch to some of the delicious main dishes and the fried platter. Because they really are very, very good.
Mango Tree Harrods
Ground Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
*We recieved a complimentary meal, in exchange for an honest review.
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