By The Nation
The new Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi can boast a central location in Daimaru Shinsaibashi, a prominent department store in the heart of downtown Osaka's retail district. Guests can discover a choice of tasty and authentic gapao bowls, set menus, side dishes, salads and refreshing beverages, either to eat in or take away.
Five varieties of gapao dishes are available, including minced chicken, minced pork, crispy pork, seafood and mixed vegetables – all of which are freshly made with holy basil, garlic, chilli and other ingredients, and served with steamed jasmine rice and a fluffy fried egg. A series of gapao set options are also available, allowing diners to combine their favourite gapao with clear soup, a spring roll, small salad and dessert, and so create an excellent light lunch.
Alternatively, guests can savour a choice of traditional Thai curries, spicy papaya salads and a selection of succulent chicken side dishes, including deep-fried crispy chicken and Thai-style BBQ chicken. All of these options use Japan's famous free-range Amakusa Daio chickens, which are raised in the Amakusa area of Kumamoto prefecture and exude natural sweetness and umami.
Whichever dish diners choose, it can be enjoyed with a series of alcoholic and soft beverages, including Thai and Japanese beers, iced teas and coffees, fresh and frozen tropical juices, plus exotic blends such as butterfly pea and lime soda, and coconut milk with mango juice.
The launch of Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi marks the latest stage of the company’s pioneering strategy of providing quick service Thai dining in areas of high footfall, such as major malls and busy transport hubs. These prime locations are expected to attract local shoppers and groups of friends seeking a light and healthy lunch, as well as office workers and commuters in search of an enticing alternative for their lunchtime takeaway.
Growing Japanese portfolio
The Mango Tree Kitchen concept focuses on famous Thai dishes that have become everyday food among Japanese diners, such as phad gapao, khao mun gai (Thai-style Hainanese chicken rice), and phad Thai (stir-fried noodles). Several outlets have already been launched in high-volume areas across Japan, including Tokyo Station, with many more planned in the future.
“Japan is one of Mango Tree’s largest and most important markets, so we are delighted to introduce another of our innovative concepts to the country,” Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree's global managing director, said. “As Japan's culinary capital, Osaka is the ideal place to introduce local diners to authentic Thai cuisine.”
Nestled in the Chuo-ku ward of central Osaka, Shinsaibashi is the city’s main retail area. Home to covered shopping streets, department stores, global brands and boutiques, this bustling district attracts locals and tourists alike. The company believes this will make the new Mango Tree Kitchen popular not only with Japanese customers, including younger diners, female friends and family customers, but also with overseas visitors, especially from other parts of Asia. As the first Mango Tree outlet in the southern part of Osaka, it complements the group's three existing restaurants in the north of the city.
Mango Tree Kitchen Gapao Daimaru Shinsaibashi becomes the 27th location in the company's fast-growing Japanese portfolio. The country will now play a significant role in Mango Tree’s global expansion strategy, as it works towards achieving a global collection of more than 100 outlets worldwide by 2025.