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Winsomely decorated with dark-wood furniture and spice-coloured silk scatter cushions, the Mangosteen aims to be more than just a run-of-the-mill suburban pan-Asian restaurant. Sadly, its intentions aren’t quite matched by the delivery. Starters – thai fish cakes and banh xeo crispy pancake rolls filled with chicken, tiger prawns, beansprouts and squid – arrived fried to within an inch of their lives, accompanied by sauces strong on sugar or chilli but otherwise low on flavour. Mains helped redeem matters. Mangosteen salad flavoured with chilli, garlic and lemongrass was fresh and tangy, and a tender pile of vietnamese roast duck wrapped in steamed lettuce got the thumbs-up. The pudding selection is positively flamboyant. Tarts, both chocolate and vanilla, and lime and ginger, arrived on designer platters, covered with icing sugar and artful drizzles of chocolate sauce, though overall they failed to live up to their promise. This could be a fun, buzzing place on a summer’s evening with the tables spilling on to the terrace, but facilities, decor and food standards could do with refreshment.

Venue name: Mangosteen
Address: 246 Gipsy Road
SE27 9RB
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Fri-Sun. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat; 6-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Gipsy Hill rail/322 bus
Price: Main courses £8.50-£12. Set lunch £6.95 2 courses. Set dinner (Mon-Thur) £10 2 courses.
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Gavin B

If you're looking for authentic home style Malaysia dishes in a pleasant environment served by very generous and welcoming hosts, this little local place is worth a visit. The restaurant serves other Asian cuisine and the fish dishes are excellent. My personal recommendation are to try the nasi lemak for a great traditional dish. The restaurant is also BYO making this a very reasonably priced night out. I would really recommend this place for a very pleasant evening out in this area of South London.


Fantastic food and some of the best service in south London I have encountered - the staff were knowledgable and helpful which made sure for a promising night. When the starters came out they were all well presented on a bed of fresh salad and all the dishes were well constructed. The main courses were also beautifully presented and full of flavour - the Banh Xeo pancake and the Tamarind Roasted Duck which we ordered were both excellent and clearly freshly cooked unlike our experience with the previous management. Our meal was accompanied by a lovely bottle of Rioja following the recommendation of the young man serving us. All in all a great experience and will be back again soon!


This was without a doubt the worst Thai meal I have ever had. The man was very nice working there and comfy seats but otherwise bad food. Some of the prawn crackers were overdone which was a bad start. Starters were chicken satay (easy to make) which was really overcooked and both of us questioned if it was actually chicken, which is never a good sign, also calamari and tiger prawns on sugar cane which was all minced up and a bit soggy. For main I had pad thai which I often make at home. This one actually had NO flavour. It seemed to be rice noodles, scrambled eggs and prawns and tasted only of that. Terrible. I couldn't eat it. Partner had red thai curry which he said was poor. So disappointing as the staff were nice. There were two tables occupied on a Friday night and obviously a reason for that. Who would have thought Thai food could be so tasteless.


Mangosteen has got to be the best Thai you can get in whole of South London. Food is delicious, service excellant and good value for money