Review: Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements
Authentic Thai cuisine with a stunning harbour view
World-renowned Thai restaurant Mango Tree has branched out to the Kowloon side with the opening of their second Hong Konglocation at Elements mall. Located right underneath the International Commerce Centre (ICC) and Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, the restaurant's new location caters to business people, luxury brand shoppers and foodies alike.
Atmosphere: With a total floor space of 6,000 feet, Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements is much larger than its Cubus, Causeway Baylocation and can seat up to 150 diners, including two private rooms for 16 and 18 people each.
Mango Tree Elements enjoys a 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour.
Artistically interpreted wooden mango trees greet us as we enter the restaurant, and the branches extend throughout the ceiling to create a natural indoors feeling. As we walk further into the restaurant, the dining area, decorated with Thai orchids on each table, brightens up with a 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour.
Food and drink: Known for their authenticity, Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements serves Thai dishes from all regions of the country: Northern, Northeastern, Southern and Central Thailand. Signature dishes include the crispy catfish salad (HK$138), yellow curry crab (HK$480), tom yam goong soup (HK$168) and sticky rice with mango (HK$85).
These Thai crispy golden cups are filled with minced pork, fresh shrimps, corn, water chestnuts and coriander.
New on the menu are deep fried soft shell crabs (HK$118), lobster and galangal soup (HK$248), baby pork ribs (HK$250), roasted cod fish curry (HK$228), spicy scallops with Thai herbs (HK$180) and more.
Mango Tree Elements' happy hour runs from 3:30pm to 6pm daily.
As for drinks, Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements serves typical Thai drinks like lime soda, Thai iced tea and young coconuts, along with a selection of Thai cocktails including a Lychee Smash, Watermelon Pop and Lemongrass Mojito.
Must-try: Get the classic tom yam goong soup and a soft shell crab salad with green mango (HK$138) as an appetiser, and don't miss the crispy yet silky smooth roasted cod fish curry or the yellow curry lobster (HK$480, be sure to order rice or bread to soak up every last drop of the bright orange-yellow curry sauce).
The aromatic curry is balanced by the light and delicate cod fish.
For dessert, try the unique steamed pumpkin custard (HK$85), a double steamed pumpkin filled with a sweet mixture of egg yolk, milk and coconut sugar, and of course, the warm and gooey sticky rice with sweet and juicy pieces of Thai mango.
Kudos to the chef for creating this innovative steamed pumpkin custard dessert.
Verdict: Everything we had at Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements was incredibly delicious and very authentic in taste, from the punches of sweet, sour and spicy flavours in the tom yam goong soup to the 'I can't believe I'm not in Thailand' lattice-egg-topped phad thai.
With its somewhat hidden location in Elements mall, we highly recommend paying a visit to this dining gem soon before more people discover it, and asking for a window seat to get the best harbour view.
Average spend: About HK$500 per person for dinner
Mango Tree Hong Kong at Elements, Shop 2032, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2668 4884, www.mangotree.com.hk