What we had
Colombo’s favourite North Indian eatery!
Mango Tree has been around for quite some time now and it’s one of my favourite places in Colombo that serve incredible North Indian cuisine. It’s one of Colombo’s older standing Indian restaurants that has been around since 2003. It occurred to us last Friday that our site never carried a review of the place, so here’s one for you.
Mint Lassi – LKR 525
This was my first time trying a Lassi so I was quite excited to try it. Case in point, I’m not a big yogurt fan and that’s what’s held me back from trying a Lassi for so long. I’ve heard that Mango Lassi and Sweet Lassi is good, but we decided to take a risk with the mint one. First impressions, it was a good drink. The yogurt and mint together made it refreshing. We question if the base really was yogurt because it tasted more like buffalo curd than yogurt. This was because the consistency was grainy and because it tasted quite bland, in the sense that it needed a little bit more sugar.
Faluda – LKR 575
Like your classic Faluda, this one too was a cold rose flavoured milk with basil seeds and mixed dry fruits, topped with a scoop of ice cream. Nothing majorly altering with the faluda. We loved this over most of all the drinks we tried.
Jaljeera- LKR 375
In case you’re wondering, Jaljeera is Indian spiced lemonade. We went to Mango Tree on a Friday night and were feeling quite adventurous. We wanted to try everything on the menu that we thought were out of the ordinary. Hence the attempt to sip down the Jaljeera, which we failed to do, because it tasted horrible. It was a watery vegetable broth, the kind your mom would force you to drink when you’re sick and need your vitamins. The Jaljeera was topped with a mint leaf and what looked like fried white peas or crunchy ball.
Island Affair – LKR 650
The Island Affair was the only mocktail we tried. It was a drink made with a combination of Monin Lychee and coconut syrup, fresh lime juice, lemonade and topped with Blue Curaçao syrup. You see, Blue Curaçao syrup can make anything look magical, and it didn’t. But this didn’t make up for the fact that the coconut syrup turned the syrup into a diabetes man’s nightmare. It was so sugary, it gave me a sugar high after the initial few sips!
Papdi Chaat – LKR 450
The Papdi Chaat was yummy and we loved what we tried. It’s a very popular North Indian street-food variety. Papdi Chaat is served with boiled potato, coriander chutney, tamarind chutney, yogurt and topped with sev. This was a filling appetizer at LKR 450.
Mutton Biriyani – LKR 1450
What we’ve always loved about Mango Tree was their take on Biriyani. All three types, the vegetable, the mutton and the chicken tikka biriyani are one of a kind. The Mutton one fell no short of glory. Well-cooked basmati grains hid a spicy mutton curry at the bottom of the bowl. The biriyani was also topped with an additional protein, boiled eggs. This biriyani is enough for two and you don’t really need to order any additional curries because the mutton curry within the biriyani takes care of that for you.
Vegetable Khada Masala – LKR 895
The Vegetable Khada Masala is a dish made with mixed vegetables simmered in flavourful onion gravy along with bell peppers and whole spices. We did really like this vegetarian option and particularly with how endowed in spices it was.
Butter Chicken – LKR 1150
Isn’t Butter Chicken a classic! For us Sri Lankan’s, if you say Indian chicken dishes, it’s either this or chicken tikka masala. Butter chicken is a chicken dish where the chicken is simmered in a thick tomato gravy. In this case, the meat was shredded so we liked how easy it was to have it with our naan.
Chili Garlic Cheese Naan – LKR 425
The Chilli Garlic Cheese Naan is on the pricier end of naan as it is a stuffed naan as opposed to their Plain Naan at LKR 295 or Garlic Naan at LKR 325. They usually present two big slices of Naan, usually filling for one person and this one was not short of that. The Naan was soft and fluffy inside because of the cheese and the garlic. It was quite spicy too, thanks to the green chilies.
Gobhi Kulcha – LKR 395
What’s Kulcha? Kulcha is round and fluffy Indian bread that’s baked in a tandoori oven. The bread is usually much harder than a Naan too. Gobhi meaning cauliflower and Kulcha meaning the above, we enjoyed ourselves cauliflower stuffed bread. The cauliflower filling was one with small cubes of cauliflower, and I also think bell peppers or chili (there was something red in there too) that was cooked with spices. It was a hit when paired with the butter chicken and vegetable khada masala.
Have you been toThe Mango Tree yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below! Is there anything we’ve missed?
Tip:TRY THE BIRIYANI!