Mango Tree has opened their first restaurant in America. In the nearly full CityCenterDC is a two-story Richard Sandoval/Mango Tree collaboration.
In the midst of a soft opening, Mango Tree is serving dishes inspired by the four regions of Thailand. Chef Paul Kennedy, British by descent, has spent the last four years working in the Dubai Mango Tree location. Before that he spent seven years under Albert Roux. D.C. may be a new location but the Mango Tree kitchen is not new for Kennedy. Unlike in Dubai, he’ll be able to work with seasonal ingredients, local ingredients and fresh everything. The only thing the freezer contains is ice cream. There is no microwave. Dishes may take a few more minutes coming from the kitchen, but you’re guaranteed all ingredients, including spices, are fresh.
Though the restaurant isn’t open-open, the grand opening is February 2, they will participate in Restaurant Week. The prix fixe menu will feature cuisine from all four regions, giving the diner a chance to sample Kennedy specialties without going overboard.
Lázaro Rosa-Violán Studio from Spain designed the space. The lighting fixtures are a highlight, custom made pieces that give each section of the restaurant a different feel.
Mango Tree is open for dinner service. Reservations are recommended.