All reader reviews by MDH

Mango Tree

I visited the Mango Tree Sunday evening with my boyfriend. The walk from Hyde Park Corner was cold in the chilly February winter evening, so we were immediately pleased by the warm welcome and inviting atmosphere at the Mango Tree. We had an early reservation (6:30pm), but there was already quite a few diners in the restaurant (which slowly filled up as the evening went on).

The waiting staff were very accommodating and pleasantly attentive. The menu is extensive so not for the indecisive. We finally settled on sharing the mixed skewers of chicken, lamb and beef and the grilled scallops with garlic and sweet basil. Both dishes were delicious so delicious that we briefly contemplated getting more starters. For mains we had the yellow curry with monkfish and butterfish and the panang curry with lamb shank. These dishes were also gorgeous. Both the lamb and the fish were cooked to perfection and the curry sauces were pleasantly hot and very flavoursome. We were actually going to skip pudding, but ended up having ice cream and one of the special deserts which was set custard with fruit compote. It was so enjoyable and even though we left the restaurant feeling that little bit too full it was definitely worth it. With 50 % the food bill, we really did feel very spoilt. I am already looking forward to going again!

Monday, February 18, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

The Larder

I went to The Larder Saturday evening with three good friends. When we first walked by at 5.30pm it looked very quiet (but so did the rest of Farringdon, so keep this in mind if you fancy a drink before dinner - nothing opens till 6pm).

We returned for our 7pm reservation and we had such a lovely evening. The food was very yummy and nicely presented (soup of the day was bacon and sweetcorn, the special was a salad with duck). The bread from their bakery next door was scrumptious too - so we had to ask for more. For mains we had steak, swordfish and chicken with sides of chips, mash and spinach. The food was very tasty and so was the house red (at a very reasonable £14/bottle). By this point in the night the atmosphere of the place had completely changed and all but one table was full. The restaurant is nicely spaced out though, so it was pleasantly lively and not noisy at all. We finally indulged in the chocolate and raspberry bomb, ice cream and cheese. We are definitely going back!

Monday, January 28, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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