Thai Bistro and Bar: Mango Tree BistroBar

January 5, 2015 Ellyna Tjohnardi
Can Thai food ever go wrong? Never, especially a super affordable, complete and satisfying lunch sets mean that only cost IDR 65,000++.

Mango Tree BistroBar Lunch Set Menu
3 different types to choose from: Mango Tree BistroBar Lunch Set Menu IDR 65,000++/set
Mango Tree Bistrobar is a franchised  restaurant chain group from Bangkok that currently has 68 branches worldwide in Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Manila and now with 2 restaurants in Jakarta, one at Epicentrum Kuningan and another, which opened last year, at Plaza Senayan. I went to the one at Plaza Senayan for lunch and here's how the place looks like:

Mango Tree BistroBar Plaza Senayan Jakarta 
Mango Tree BistroBar Plaza Senayan Jakarta
The non-smoking dining area
Mango Tree BistroBar Plaza Senayan Jakarta
Left: The bar (smoking allowed)
Mango Tree BistroBar Plaza Senayan Jakarta
The smoking dining area
There are so many Thai restaurants in Jakarta, but what makes Mango Tree different then? Apart from being a restaurant, Mango Tree Bistrobar Jakarta positions itself as a casual hangout place, as well as an after work place to unwind (Senayan and Kuningan are concentrated business areas after all). To tap into such markets, Mango Tree BistroBar Indonesia offers Thai High Tea (IDR 148k++ inclusive 2 cups of tea or coffee) Weekend Cocktail, Ladies Night and Happy Hour promotions. Special in October, there's an ongoing Halloween-themed set meal “The Haunted Garden” set for only IDR 63k++ (26 October - 5 November).

The menu (food & drinks) are extensive, let me warn you, there's pretty much every type of Thai dishes that we are familiar with, but there's also a rather interesting twist: Thai Twist Pasta, for example Spaghetti with Green Curry Chicken. The myriad of choices can be overwhelming sometimes, but if you are confused, you can easily pick the lunch set menu. It's like having several sampler dishes on a plate, I like the variety given and of course the price is highly affordable for a high end shopping mall standard! Should you wish to, you can add IDR 25,0000 for a choice of soup: Tom Yum Seafood, Kaeng Som, Clear Soup or Tom Kha Chicken. The lunch set is available daily, from 11 AM - 3 PM.

For IDR 65,000 ++/set, diners could choose from one of the three sets:
- Set Lunch 1: Steamed rice, stir fried beef in oyster sauce, shrimp cakes & spring roll, vermicelli seafood salad
- Set Lunch 2: Steamed rice, grilled beef neck with jim jauw sauce, shrimp pad thai
- Set Lunch 3: Tom yum chicken fried rice, chicken lemongrass, spring roll & deep fried shrimp cake & poached egg

Tom yum chicken fried rice, chicken lemongrass, spring roll & deep fried shrimp cake & poached egg
Set Lunch 3: Tom yum chicken fried rice, chicken lemongrass, spring roll & deep fried shrimp cake & poached egg
Mango Tree BistroBar Lunch Set Menu
Left: Set Lunch 1 - Steamed rice, stir fried beef in oyster sauce, shrimp cakes & spring roll, vermicelli seafood salad
Right: Set Lunch 2 - Steamed rice, grilled beef neck with jim jauw sauce, shrimp pad thai

Personally, the above set would satisfy my hunger easily, but if you come here with your family, I'd recommend you to try other dishes at Mango Tree, some of the all-time favourites are as follows:

- Green Mango Salad, traditional Green Mango Salad With carrots, yum beans, peanut & shallot.
- Tom Yum Seafood, Spicy Sour Soup With Seafood, Mango Tree's tom yum is slightly on the sour side, but it's still tasty, especially with rice.
- Deep-Fried Sea Bass with Mango, Tamarind & Cashew Nuts - yummy crispy seabass, topped with tangy shredded green mango and chili, noms!
traditional Green Mango Salad With carrots, yum beans, peanut & shallot
Green Mango Salad IDR 32,000
Left: Tom Yum Seafood Soup | Right: Deep-Fried Seabass
Left: Tom Yum Seafood Soup IDR 63,000
Right: Deep-Fried Seabass
Deep-Fried Seabass with Mango, Tamarind & Cashew Nuts
Deep-Fried Seabass with Mango, Tamarind & Cashew Nuts IDR 163,000


- Gaeng Phed Gai or Red Chicken Curry, served with chayote, sweet basil, red chili and kaffir lime leaves. Love the creamy and umami gravy!
- Stir-Fried Beef with Basil Leaves, garlic & chili. Quite salty, best consumed with rice.
- Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice with Prawn, the tom yum spices are quite bold, sweet, sour and savoury fried rice, topped with a sunny side up egg, I actually quite liked it.
Left: Red Chicken Curry | Right: Stir-Fried Beef with Basil Leaves
Left: Red Chicken Curry IDR 43,000
Right: Stir-Fried Beef with Basil Leaves IDR 58,000
Left: Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice | Right: Grilled Chicken Thigh With Lemongrass served with jim jauw sauce
Left: Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice IDR 54,000
Right: Grilled Chicken Thigh With Lemongrass served with jim jauw sauce IDR 63,000

There are some interesting desserts offered on the menu, such as Oreo Cream Cheesecake (in a Thai restaurant? curious right!) and Durian Pannacotta. But there are other classic Thai desserts too, for example the cassave with coconut milk, mango sticky rice, durian sticky rice, etc.

Front: Sago Pandan | Rear: Red Ruby Ice with Coconut Ice Cream
Front: Sago Pandan IDR 35,000
Rear: Red Ruby Ice with Coconut Ice Cream IDR 35,000
Left: Mango Sticky Rice served with kaya sauce | Right: Durian Pannacotta served with sticky rice
Left: Mango Sticky Rice served with kaya sauce IDR 40,000
Right: Durian Pannacotta served with sticky rice IDR 49,000

All is well when a meal ends with a well done dessert, I'm a happy and full-bellied girl *burp whoops! =D

Mango Tree Bistrobar
Plaza Senayan, 5th Floor (opposite cinema XXI)
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Senayan - South Jakarta
Ph: +62 21 5725338

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