Tucked inside a non-descript office building in a industrial part of town is Mango Tree, a Thai Fusion Restaurant. Don't let the building exterior deter you from visiting, because Mango Tree serves up some pretty delicious Thai dishes, and it's pretty good value too.
For $15, you can get a set lunch menu of a starter, main, and drink. We opted to start with the fried tofu with peanut and chili sauce on the side. The tofu sticks were crispy on the out, and soft on the in, and goes great with the combo sauces... the peanut sauce is rich and the chili sauce gives it a nice sweet tang to the bite. The Phad Thai is made just the way I like it: noodles are al-dente (definitely not soft or gooey), and the flavour isn't overly sweet. Best part: They use chicken thighs instead of breast so you get more flavour than the run-of-mill "Thai" fast food joints in food courts.
I spotted Khao Soi on the menu, and I cannot pass up a good bowl of noodles. $14 is pretty pricey, but Mango Tree's version comes in a large bowl of rich and flavourful coconut-based broth, stacked high with crispy noodles. The additional of two slices of fried pineapple makes the whole dish feel so balanced: the acidity and sweetness of the pineapple is a fantastic counterpoint to the richness of the coconut broth and the noodles. The beef that comes with it is thin slides, which isn't that special, so next time I may opt for the chicken instead.
Overall, Mango Tree is a hidden gem that's tucked away where only hardcore diehards can find it. At night, the place converts to a sports bar with huge TV screens showing the Leafs or the Raptors, but during the day, it's a hideaway for locals in Markham looking for some really good Thai food!
Mango Tree Thai Restaurant @mango_tree_markham
7850 Woodbine Ave Unit #228, Markham, ON L3R 0B9
- Lunch Special (fried tofu sticks, Phad Thai, Mango Soda) - $15
- Khao Soi (Egg noodles in coconut broth) - $14
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