Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mango Tree to Celebrate Thai New Year

From our friends at Mango Tree...

This April, newcomer Mango Tree DC will celebrate Thai New Year, traditionally called the Songkran Festival. Located at 929 H Street, NW, 20001 at the chic new CityCenterDC, Mango Tree will feature a la carte dinner specials from April 13th through April 15th prepared by Chef de Cuisine Paul Kennedy. Guests can celebrate the Songkran with artful dishes that marry savory, sweet, sour and spice harmoniously in each bite. Diners can take pleasure in appetizers like Khao Tang Na Tang, crispy rice crackers and romaine lettuce with pork and a coconut dip; Pla Salmon, salmon marinated in lime juice with red chili, shallot, spring onion and cilantro, and Kalam Savoy, roasted Brussels sprouts with chili cashew nuts and coconut sauce. Stand out entrees include Pla Pow, marinated Blue Catfish wrapped in banana leaf with Thai herb salad and a spicy lime sauce; Gae Yang, cilantro, garlic and pepper marinated lamb cutlets with Thai warm potato salad, tamarind and a dry chili sauce, and Choo Chee Tow Hoo, crispy soft tofu with red curry sauce and kaffir lime leaf. New Year specials are available exclusively during dinner and are priced from $8 to $30.

Songkran, or Thai New Year, is a Buddhist festival and the kingdom’s most important public holiday. Songkran, Sanskrit for “Astrological Passage,” is a time for Thais to visit their local temple to pray and to wash their Buddha icons. Buddhist statues on house shrines are also cleaned. This cleansing ritual is to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. Additionally, adults, kids, locals and visitors alike take to the streets to celebrate with lively water fights and throwing talc. The traditional water pouring is meant as a symbol of washing away all of their sins and the wrong doings.

Mango Tree DC is located at CityCenterDC at 929 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The restaurant is located two blocks from the Metro Center stop accessible on the Red, Silver, Orange and Blue lines as well as three blocks from the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station on the Red, Yellow and Green lines. Dinner is served nightly, from 5 PM to 11 PM. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 3 PM and weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 3 PM. For more information please call (202) 408-8100 or visit:,, or

About Mango Tree:
The Mango Tree Group is a dynamic, innovative and fast-growing company that has a vision to bring authentic Thai cuisine with a creative twist to the world, and to plant a Mango Tree in every major world city. At the vanguard of the global Thai food explosion, the Mango Tree Group comprises the Mango Tree, Mango Tree Bistro and Mango Tree Café brands, as well as Coca, the contemporary steamboat suki concept. The group's heritage dates back to 1957, when Khun Srichai Phanphensophon opened the first Coca restaurant in Surawong, launching the suki trend in Thailand. The pioneering spirit continued when the group's CEO and celebrity chef Pitaya Phanphensophon, Srichai's son, opened the first Mango Tree restaurant in the heart of Silom in 1994. Today, the group operates more than 72 restaurants and cafes in 17 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and the USA. Part cultural ambassador and part culinary innovator, Mango Tree has charted a course to become the premier global Thai cuisine brand, delivering quality Thai cuisine, stylish design, and intuitive service that always exceeds diners' expectations.

About Richard Sandoval Restaurants: Richard Sandoval Restaurants (RSR) is a leading restaurant group founded by Mexican-born chef/restaurateur/author Richard Sandoval and based in New York City. Known for offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, this internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group successfully owns and operates more than 40 restaurant concepts around the globe. Spanning from California to New York, Colorado to Florida, Nevada to Virginia and Arizona to Washington, D.C. - as well as from Dubai to Mexico and Qatar to Serbia - Chef Sandoval's "made from scratch" approach and passion for introducing Latin cuisine to the world continues to inspire him to combine authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques to create one-of-kind concepts and cuisines that range from modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian to Pan-Latin, among others. For a complete list of RSR restaurants, menus or for more information, please visit

About CityCenterDC:
CITYCENTERDC ( is a unique, pedestrian-friendly, 10-acre mixed-use development, located in the heart of Downtown Washington on a 4.5-block parcel bounded by New York Avenue, 9th, H and 11th Streets, NW. Foster + Partners, an international studio for architecture, planning and design based in London, served as the master-plan architect and the design architect for the office and for-sale-housing components. Shalom Baranes Associates, P.C., a Washington-based architectural firm, served as the associate master-plan architect and the design architect for the residential rental component. The initial and largest phase of the project contains approximately 300,000 square feet of retail space featuring a unique mix of local, national and international retail brands and restaurants with extensive street frontage. In addition, the project encompasses 520,000 square feet of office space, 458 rental apartment units and 216 condominium units, a 1550 space parking garage, a public park, a central plaza and pedestrian-oriented streets and alleyways. Construction of the Conrad Washington, DC project at CityCenterDC, a 370-room luxury hotel with 70,000 square feet of additional retail space, will commence in the third quarter of 2015.