#12 – Banana Tree (Mini Review)

On Saturday night (05/08/17) I visited Banana Tree in Soho with my family. As with every initial visit to somewhere you haven’t visited before, I had no idea what to expect from this restaurant. We had a 7:00pm booking but got there at 6:30pm & were seated with no problem. Banana Tree offers happy hour from 5:00pm – 7:00pm so we had to take advantage of it.

This is what we had:

  • Starters
    • sticky thai wings
    • thai style calamari
    • steamed chicken dumpling in fresh herb sauce
  • Mains
    • banana tree laksa
    • the chicken rendang
    • sweet & sour crispy chicken with combo rice
    • tamarind spicy aubergine with palm leaf sticky rice
  • Dessert
    • banana tree ‘frotiteroles’
    • balinese ‘pulut hitam’ rice pudding
  • Drinks
    • one night in bangkok
    • long island ice tea
    • passion fruit cooler
    • and my sister had a mocktail

We ordered the starters when we ordered our drinks – they were out within about 15 minutes. The calamari came out first and the wings and dumplings followed. I find that calamari is always hit & miss as some places make it quite chewy/tough. In this case, it was a major hit.

After inhaling all the starters, we ordered our mains. Here we were thinking we’d have a half hour gap between our courses. Less than 10 minutes later, we all had our mains sitting on the table. Going off most other dining experiences, I think this is the quickest I’ve EVER been served my main course. The mains definitely complimented the starters. I had the banana tree laksa with chicken and asked for it to be spiced up when made. Our host also proceeded to bring me some of their home made chilli sauce to add on top. My dad was the only person who managed to finish everything on his plate – my mum, sister & I didn’t. Banana Tree (fortunately) offers a doggy bag service so the 3 of us took our leftovers home.

Dessert was (once again, surprisingly) a delight. The ‘frotiteroles’ came first and went down treat. They were drizzled in chocolate sauce, served with a side of ice cream. The bigger surprise was the rice pudding – it wasn’t your average looking rice pudding. The rice was black. Out of the two desserts, this definitely edged towards being our favourite. It was a very close competition though.

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Balinese rice pudding
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Overall, it’s safe to say I would definitely this restaurant 5/5. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful – I didn’t know what cocktail I wanted so our waiter asked me what type of drink I fancied to give me some suggestions. When I told him I wanted the laksa, he whistled as to say ‘good choice’. They weren’t intrusive at all – they came back once or twice during the meal just to make sure everything was okay but we weren’t rushed or made to feel unwelcome at any point. By the time we left, there was a queue of people waiting to be seated.

I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you’re looking to try somewhere new. The prices are decent for somewhere in central. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere quiet & romantic but if you want to go somewhere with a lively atmosphere and relaxed service, this is the place to go. I’ll definitely be revisiting with my boyfriend.

Till next time! ♥

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