Mango Thai Tapas, Above Bar, Southampton 20/25

Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Restaurant 20/25 P1070646
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180-182 Above Bar Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7DW

Tel: 023 80336540

Website: www.mangothai.co.uk

Gluten Free: Available

Parking: Local car parks

Wheelchairs: OK but no loo (able to use the one next door)

Loos: Above average (upstairs)

award.silver LWL Silver Award – Awarded August 2013 – Cost £££££ & re Awarded Jan 2014

This restaurant is offering a FREE BOTTLE of Monsoon Valley Thai wine when LWL Card Holder books a table for themselves and three people or more and they partake of either lunch or dinner. Offer is valid everyday, lunch or dinnertime (but excluding Friday and Saturday nights) at either Mango Above Bar, Southampton or Mango Portswood, Southampton. If you don’t have a LWL Discount Card, click here to find out more – and start saving! January 2014 With 3 friends I made use of their Discount Directory offer, a free bottle of wine for a LWL Card Holder and 3 guests. The wine is a Thai Shiraz at £17.95 (a dry white is also available) so a really good offer! In fact we ordered another one instead of having G & T’s or Cocktails.

Our very tasty food was as follows – 4 tapas – mango corn cakes, hot & sour pork, crispy beef (£1.00 extra) and spicy fish cake, all £5.75 each. A really good idea to share all these different flavours, our least favourite was the spicy fish cake, a bit rubbery.

To follow a crispy sea bass at £13.95 (deep fried with chilli, onions, sweet basil, peppers & soya sauce). Accompanying the sea bass my friend chose a birds nest – sweet potato rostiwith sweet n’ salty sauce £3.50. Pad Thai with king prawn £10.95 – lots of lovely big prawns. Spicy noodles with king prawns £8.95, hot and delicious and last, a green curry £7.95 and jasmine rice £2.00, sweet n’ spicy.

Everyone agreed it was a good choice of venue, makes a change from an Indian or a Chinese and would go again. Far too full to try the puddings but we did have tea and coffee. Update SM

 

August 2013 Last week all 4 of us met in town to do a little Rhino spotting! We didn’t get very far because we noted Mango Thai Tapas and decided a little refreshment was in order.

It’s a very attractive venue which lends itself to happy hours and sipping copious cocktails. It was lunch time so we showed a little restraint! I ordered a delicious Mojito (Rum, mint leaves and fresh lime) and SA a Samui Me Crazy (Rum, Malibu, banana liqueur, pineapple and cranberry juice), a bit too sweet for me. The others were driving so they had soft drinks to start with but joined us in enjoying a Millberg Pinotage Rosé, South Africa reasonably priced at £15.95 to accompany our food.

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Obviously we chose tapas to start with and decided on 5 to share; Mango Corn Cakes (Traditional Thai sweetcorn cakes with fresh mango, served with a tangy sauce), Coconut Chicken (Deep fried tender chicken pieces in a crispy coconut batter, served with a sweet plum sauce), Crunchy Pork (Slices of pork coated in flour and deep fried, with fresh chilli, garlic and lime leaves), Butterfly Prawns (Lightly battered butterfly prawns, deep fried and flash stir-fried with garlic and chillies) and Mussels in Crispy Bacon (Mussels wrapped in bacon, deep fried and served with a spicy sauce. The selection is pictured below along with an enlargement of our favourite, the Butterfly Prawns.

For our main courses we decided on Crispy Squid (deep fried with coriander, pepper and coated in a spicy Thai sauce, served with fine beans on a bed of rice), Phad Thai (a traditional Thai dish of chicken with fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts garnish), Panang Curry (a rich, dry aromatic ground peanut curry with coconut cream, carrots, sugar snap peas, fine beans and kaffir lime leaves) served with SM’s choice of coconut rice and Green Curry (a fragrant blend of lemon grass, lime, coriander and chilli, made with green chilli paste, mixed with fine beans, aubergines, bamboo shoots, sweet basil leaves and simmered in coconut milk) served with JI’s choice of jasmine rice.

Pad Thai has always been one of my favourite dishes and I really enjoyed my choice. SA was impressed with her very spicy Crispy Squid SM & JI enjoyed their curries. The dishes were plentiful and attractively presented. Tamsin the manager was charming and the service from her and the other staff members was friendly and efficient.

Do look at their online menu for various options e.g. a Business Lunch served between 12-5, Tapas 4 for 3 between 12-5 everyday, 20% discount on food orders at/after 9.30pm  & they also do Takeaway. They have Happy Hour, 2 for 1 cocktails 4pm -7pm and 10pm until late!

Mango Thai Tapas has a lot to offer as both a bar and a restaurant, it’s a great destination and we recommend! Cost £££££


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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 4/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambience & décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

 

Total Yummy Factor

20/25

Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)