Ecstatic palate, Spicy heart.

On entering elegance on a glass floor with lotus flowers under your feet, you emerge looking out over downtown Tokyo, from an unobstructed 35th floor view. In good weather, the city lights around Mango Tree Tokyo remind you of garlic and blinking red chili peppers in the sky. You sit and decide on the more expensive Course B (8400 yen) dinner set, because really, is there any other option, and really, it will be cheaper than ordering a la carte, right? (At this exact moment, you don’t realize that no matter how full you are after the dinner set, you will not be able to resist a couple mojitos, a bottle of wine or two, and maybe a fresh spicy papaya salad or delicious tender satay plate on the side.)

You are surprised by the first of the seven courses, a tiny surf clam salad with spicy sauce which you need to squint to see, but packs a pungency that surprised your taste buds, still recovering from the sweet aftertaste of that mojito. The deep fried chicken wrapped in some sort of Pandan Leaf is soft on your tongue and its sweet and spicy sauce relaxes you. You next receive a spicy mushroomy shrimpy Tom Yum Goong soup, and a “Steamed Pacific Cod Mousse Thai Style Flavored with red Curry”, yes you think you read that right, some sort of orange-colored cod-based Mousse filled with scallops and cauliflower, a novel concoction which is subtle but interesting enough to keep you staring. Well, by this point, your palate is cleared and you have to wait a bit, have some wine, “Take some time for yourself,” their menu exclaims, because you’ll need the rest before feasting on perhaps the most … (for lack of a better word) delicious thing you have tasted all month.

You decide to start a new paragraph to talk about this dish, because well, frankly, it deserves it. Grilled Standing Lump with Spicy herb served with Sticky Rice eeks with herbs, onions, leeks, lemongrass, red pepper, and cilantro, a gorgeous touch to an otherwise already spectacular beef. The thinly-sliced Lump (do they mean Rump?) is medium cooked and grilled with vinegar then covered with the firey mixure which makes you wish aloud, “Dear Mango god, Please let this never end!” All your friends turn to you and decide your outburst is caused by a broken heart, pour you some more wine, and hand you a desert menu, which is really a considerate gesture considering the rice noodle soup and persimmon tatine which came with the dinner set is a bit disappointing after that main course.

You order a glass of port, some organic coffee, and a divine coconut creme brulee (after which 3 of your friends quickly follow suit), because you decide it will sate your sad heart and your overstimulated hunger. This Tokyo jewel has a sister in London and one in Bangkok, and clearly prides itself quality and selection, on not being able to list every city in the world on their business cards, like some Gordon Ramsey carbon-copied mass-manufactured haute chicken fat. Today, Mango Tree has calmed your raging quest for culinary adventure and your emotional confusion has been embraced by the spicy constancy still lingering on your tongue.

Mango Tree Tokyo

Marunouchi Bldg. 35F

2-4-1 Marunouchi

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5224-5489

In front of New Marunouchi exit of Tokyo station.

http://www.mangotree.jp/

3 responses to “Ecstatic palate, Spicy heart.

  1. This was a great “Dinner Club” experience. It was also the first we ordered from a set menu. I’m glad we did, but I would like to go back to have some of the other dishes from the menu. Lump!

  2. Mango Tree also has a stupendously great lunch buffet for a very reasonable 1600 yen. Highly recommended!

  3. We went there on a sunday for the lunch buffet for 2625 Yen per person which is not cheap, but the pictures on the net about the meal were looking good. Additional, the view should be good from the 35. floor of the Marunouchi Building.
    First to the good thing, the view was really good.
    However, this was it already with the good things, the meals were only average and in my opinion not fitting to the price.
    But the main problem of this restaurant are the rules and the waiters following only their rules without exception.
    We went there as family with a small baby and we were forced to take the baby out of the buggy which was stored in a room at the entrance. Because the baby was not able to sit on a chair we had to hold her over the whole time and because she was active it was not possible to eat at the same time lunch while holding her. So, even we explained this to the waiters, they were not allowing us to use the buggy and we were forced to eat on our wedding anniversary separated. Such information was also not given during a telephone call which we had a few days earlier where we told them that we are coming with a baby.
    So, for us as family with a baby this restaurant is in no way advisable. Other persons can try the restaurant but should not go there with a too high expectation.

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