This week we've been celebrating Songkran - or Thai New Year - at Mango Tree in Belgravia. On a lovely spring evening we enjoyed delicious Thai food as well as stunning Thai dancing, which was as bright and colourful as the gorgeous flowers decorating the restaurant.
In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated in mid-April and marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rains. Family and friends get together, visit their local temple, clean their houses - and also have huge water fights!
|Mango Tree's owner Eddie Lim|
There were no water pistols to be seen at Mango Tree, but the restaurant's owner Eddie Lim did sprinkle fragranced water over the hands of diners (to symbolise starting afresh) whilst wishing them good fortune for the coming year. It was a lovely ritual to accompany the special four-course Songkran menu - including sea bass with fresh garlic and chilli sauce and honey mango and sticky rice dessert.
Mango Tree's special Songkran set menu, £65 per person, is available
until the end of April. www.mangotree.org.uk