Food Review: Sunshine and food Under The Mango Tree
At Under The Mango Tree, you can find everything that's delectable and worth rejoicing every single bite of your scrumptious meal.
Amidst the cacophony of your busy schedule, take some time out to treat yourself a meal just under the mango tree. Yes! You read that right, tucked away in an upscale neighborhood; Under The Mango Tree (UTMT) is a hidden delight for the food connoisseurs in the city. A gigantic mango tree situated right in the centre of the restaurant welcomes you at UTMT, giving you the solace of its warmth. The glass ceiling perfectly adds to the ambiance, as it lets you soak up the sun when it’s bright and the slight unexpected drizzle right under the natures’ lap. Though the floor area is not colossal, the laid back feel simply adds to the mood of this place. We were amazed at how the small garden area had beautifully metamorphosised into one-of-its-kinds restaurant in city.
As we seated ourselves under the mango tree, we were totally ecstatic for having explored this veiled enclave. And with a big bright smile on our faces we couldn’t wait to explore the amazing continental cuisine that this restaurant had to offer. While we were glancing through the menu, the vivacious Niramala Balakrishnan, who runs the place along with her husband joined us and skillfully helped us order the food, saving us the pain of having to choose from the menu.
To start with we enjoyed the Falafel served with a buttery garlic sauce, which perfectly complimented this middle-eastern dish. The batter fried tofu served with sweet roast chilly sauce was indeed our favourite. The sweet chilly sauce camouflaged the bland taste of tofu and was simply appetizing. We also tried the sautéed mushroom slices which was really delectable and had a beautiful cheesy flavour to it. The prawns made with red chilli and garlic transported us to the backwaters of Kerala, where it is cooked by the sea-side. It was generously spiced, not in the least greasy, and was accompanied by a refreshing bouquet of vegetables. The Chicken Olivette had very tasty little pieces of chicken rolled around olives which give it a great flavour and texture.
After a whole round of scrumptious starters we were all set to try their signature Burmese Curry, popularly called the Khausway which is a street food in Burma. This dish is rare to find as not many restaurants in the city have this on their menu. Though initially it was just served on Wednesdays, due to the popularity of this dish, it is a regular on the menu now. It is ideal to order this when you go out dining with a large group as the portions are good and serves 3 - 4 people. Khausway is a coconut-milk based curry which is served with an array of toppings like caramelized onions, fried chilli, garlic, noodles and rice. We also added some exotic veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions etc to give it a whole new zing to the dish.
And once we were through with the toppings we just couldn’t wait to taste it because it simply looked divine. This is what we would describe as 'soul food', it was so delicious that it made us go oohh, aahh over it. Even the weird glances from the table next to us, couldn't stop us from relishing this dish in loud fascination. The attention to detail on the plate was remarkable and this is definitely one of the must-try dishes here. The 'Margherita' thin crust pizza which came layered with tomato sauce, caramelized onions and burnt garlic was simply fabulous and just one bite into it, creates an explosion of taste in your mouth. It was surprising that how each and every ingredient complements the dish making every single bite impeccably savoury.
After we rejoiced the mains thoroughly we couldn’t wait to try the desserts. The choice was between the sinful sizzling brownie with vanilla ice-cream, blueberry cheese cake and mango mousse. And our choice definitely was the blueberry cheese cake, which was lip-smacking and it was a great way to round off the tale of a gorgeous meal right under the mango tree.
A meal for two would easily cost around Rs 1000. You can also connect with them on Facebook