I’ve heard plenty about Sticky Mango, housed in a sleepy side street in Southwark. Reviews from legendary Fay Maschler and that Giles Coren were both terrific.
The place has some history. It used to be RSJ, a neighbourhood restaurant that those-in-the-know will know is where Posh and Becks once courted back in the day. Then head chef, Peter Lloyd, is now Chef Patron, and his love of Asian-Fusion knows no bounds.
The food is exciting and flavours are bold. Take black pepper prawns (£9) with sharp and sweet dehydrated pineapple. Or Soft shell crab steamed buns (£5 each) with feisty siracha-laced Asian slaw.
Spicy Thai pork ribs (£7.50) are a two napkin job; proper messy but totally lush. Malaysian chicken curry puffs (£7.50) are soft and squidgy with just enough grease to make them totally moreish.
Skewered wavey ribbons of chicken and crisp skin come smothered in peanut and tamarind sauce (£7.50). This is the finest example of chicken satay I’m yet to get my chops around. And who doesn’t love crispy chicken skin?!
Larger dishes have even more flavour. Miso glazed black cod (£24) will make any miso cod lover swoon. Twice cooked glazed duck (£16) marries soft flesh and crisp skin in a masterful way. Best of all is char grilled 28 day aged rib eye (£24) which has an intense smokiness from the grill.
With an unassuming decor and chilled-out service, Sticky Mango offers more than you might expect. We leave with sticky fingers and faces, its food so tasty you’ll soon forget about cutlery. My kind of meal.
Would we go back? Yes
We dined as guests of the restaurant