All herbs and vegetables grown on property are organic and the former plantation still yields the seasonal citrus, mango and breadfruit which are incorporated into the daily menus. The Mango Tree presents a rotating dinner theme menu featuring the popular Barbeque Thursdays, a charming Creole evening with a live local shak shak band and the best baby back ribs and jerk bake on the west coast. Whether you dine under a full moon with Petit Piton cast in shadow, under the starriest of nights, or witness passing ships alight, the Mango Tree Restaurant brings diners the perfect marriage of location and gourmet Creole.
Since we stayed at Stonefield, we ate breakfast (included) at the Mango Tree every morning. We also had lunch and dinner a couple times, so I will recap each experience below.
|The basket lights created nice mood lighting on the pavilion.|
I sampled some calypso rice, potato gratin, macaroni & cheese, sauteed vegetables, steamed Kingfish with coconut sauce, and barbeque chicken. Again, everything tasted much better quality than typical buffet fare. I enjoyed the meaty fish with a texture akin to swordfish and the sweet barbeque glaze on the chicken.
Lastly for dessert I chose a slice of the Hummingbird Cake. It was a fruit-studded bundt cake with a sweet vanilla glaze on top. It was moist and not overly sweet. It reminded me of my favorite carrot cake.
FRIDAY BREAKFAST: The next morning, we returned to Mango Tree for our first complimentary breakfast (included with guest accommodations.) Now that it was light out, we could truly appreciate the amazing view of the mountains and the boats on the Caribbean Sea. How about eating breakfast like these every day? Le sigh...
We started with a bread basket assortment of freshly baked (and piping hot) banana nut muffins and biscuits. They were served with butter, housemade banana preserves, and mango-papaya jelly. I loved the biscuits - super chewy and dense to really satisfy. I ordered the Piton Special, which were two scrambled eggs, with potatoes, and choice of sausage or ham. I chose ham, which was actually SPAM, but I didn't mind as I am very familiar with SPAM. The eggs were a little too runny for me, but I enjoyed the potatoes and ate another biscuit.
Keith ordered the Stonefield Favorite, which was a large breakfast sandwich of scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, tomato, cucumber, and mayonnaise on a soft French baguette. This sandwich lived up to its name, as we ordered again during the rest of our stay.
This time Keith tried the Piton Special, but ordered the sausage instead. His eggs were cooked much better than mine were the previous day.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST: This morning it sprinkled a bit, but as we sat to eat the sun broke through and a lovely rainbow appeared. I took a shot form our table - again, a breathtaking view to greet you each morning!
Keith ordered the breakfast sandwich again, as well as a fruit plate. The fruit plate was pretty standard with local bananas, watermelon, pineapple, orange, and papaya (missing from this picture).
Keith tried the Bacon Cheeseburger that came with French fries. The meat was a little overcooked, but was satisfying. He also had a small side salad on the plate.
As an appetizer, Keith ordered the Callaloo Soup. The main ingredient is a leaf vegetable, traditionally amaranth, which is known locally throughout the Caribbean as callaloo. This soup was blended so creamily and topped with crab meat.
For a palate cleanser in between courses, we were treated to a banana and turmeric sorbet. Both the banana and spice were very strong.
For my main dish, I ordered the Seafood Pasta with a blend of mussels, jumbo shrimp, and fish in creamy herb sauce served on a nest of linguini pasta. The best part was the chunks of fish, as the mussels tasted frozen and were very chewy. The pasta was overcooked and a bit mushy, but I ate most of the dish anyways.
Keith ate Mango Tree’s Lamb Curry that came with rice, carrots, string beans, and a ginger puree. His lamb was cooked perfectly and was tender and very flavorful from the curry spices. He really enjoyed his dish.
MONDAY BREAKFAST: For our last breakfast, I opted for the sandwich, as I had not had one myself yet. Keith ordered the daily special, which was a Spanish Omelette. He didn't think there was any meat inside - just tomatoes, onions, and cheese. We also ordered another bread basket and fruit plate to share.
MONDAY LUNCH: We were checking out this day, and our flight did not leave until later in the afternoon. So after one last dip in our pool, we showered, packed up, settled our hotel bill, and then went to the Mango Tree for one last meal before our taxi transfer arrived to take us to the airport. I chose the St. Lucian Fish & Chips. The fish was heavily battered, but lightly fried. I am not sure what kind of fish it was, but it was a very fishy one. I also ate a small side salad.
Keith ordered the Chicken Kebabs with a side salad. The skewers were decent with nice chunks of meat and fresh vegetables. It was covered in a tropical glaze that was more sweet than spicy.
Total Rating: 3.68
Food: 3.5, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 5