Mango Tree

Eclectic would be the word to describe this bar and restaurant in Vagator. In both style and menu – The Mango Tree offers a surprising variety. The entrance to the shack bears idols and portraits of three different faiths, fresh fruit and milk share equal counter space with an impressive variety of domestic and foreign spirits and while, melodious bhajans play in the mornings, you can choose from Pink Floyd or Bob Marley as the day progresses! Says the affable waiter cum superb cappuccino /cocktail maker, Bholu, “At Mango Tree, everything is ‘passible’.” Coming back to the coffee, yes – Mango Tree produces marvelously frothy cappuccinos as well as lattes, from a fancy Italian coffee machine.
They even offer Draught Beer and the cocktails are pretty neat too. Food wise, the menu is exhaustive. While the North-Indian, Chinese, Thai, Tandoori and Goan fare is pretty standard, it’s the Western food selection that is particularly recommended. Beef pepper steak, chicken ala kiev and an interesting Vegetable Queen, with colourful veggies in a Mornay sauce, are the highlights here. Nestled under a real mango tree, the shack overlooks the Vagator beach road and is a great place for people-watching.

Hippies, bikers, beach bums all roll by, while some even come in! It’s not too unusual to come across someone famous. “I have served Sanjay Dutt, Udita Goswami and Arjun Rampal. Many stars come here,” reveals the Bollywood mad Bholu. The good thing about this place, which incidentally belongs to Steve, the owner of popular disco Hilltop, is that it’s very relaxed. You can read your newspaper leisurely over a Nutella pancake or head-bang over some Marley and chilled beer. You can pretty much ‘be’ whatever you feel like at any given time. Everything truly is “passible” here!

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