Banana Tree

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Banana Tree

Banana Tree now has a half-dozen venues across town, with communal and smaller tables in attractive settings made fashionable with stripped brick and semi-industrial design features. ‘Indochinese’ street food is the backbone of the extremely varied menu, though Thai and Thai-influenced dishes dominate. Keep an eye out for the great-value set meals and lunch specials. The cooking, though good, lacked finesse. A beef, chilli, ginger and basil stir-fry needed a punch of the advertised chilli, and any basil flavour was almost imperceptible. Chicken laksa had decent depth of flavour, yet was a little watery. With a busy restaurant and one large group to accommodate, staff seemed to be under the cosh – our mains were slow to appear, and one dish arrived tepid – but normal service had resumed with our Vietnamese iced coffee.


Venue name: Banana Tree
Address: 103 Wardour Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £5.95-£10.80Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Laura C
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BananaTree is a reliable place to grab some cheap tasty Indonesian/Thai food. It might not have the wow factor of Busaba Eathai but it also doesn't have the price tag either and generally it's reasonably easy to get a table, even in busy Soho. The service is fast and the Pad Thai servings are generous with a nice kick of watch out!

Poppy L

This is one of the better Banana Tree's I've tried from the chain. Service was good, and the food was fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. My favourite were the spring rolls served with mint and coriander to wrap around. The restaurant definitely needed a few lights turned on though! Toilets were a 6/10!

Lisa R

Went on a Wednesday evening on the Tastecard. I arrived at 7.00 pm-the restaurant was full. Queued for a few minutes and was quickly given a menu and told that the waiting time would be 10 minutes. As we had perused the menu beforehand, when we were seated we could quickly make our order. There is an extensive menu and we chose the Nyonya Achar (pickled vegetables), a mild Malaysian yellow curry, Seafood Kari Santan Melay, tiger prawns, tilapia fish fillets and fishcaked gently cooked in a traditional Malaysian blended red curry paste. These dishes came with jasmine rice and noodles with bean sprouts and dark soy. All dishes were exemplary. We have travelled in Malaysia and the food seemed very authentic. The service is friendly and attentive. The tastecard allows you to have two main courses for the price of one-so all round excellent value.

Staff Writer

Just been for my third visit to BananaTree in Soho - the food is amazing....I had the BananaTree Spiced Noodles and they were so tasty, and even better, the portions are massive!!!!! If you have space for dessert try the chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream. It's melt in your mouth good. Friendly service, great value and they also accept the Tastecard, what more could you ask for.

Grace T

Great food, great atmosphere. Often busy and you might have to wait for a table, but not for long and the food will be worth the wait! The staff are very friendly. I would really recommend the chicken satay for starter, the sauce is just wonderful. If you're feeling hungry enough you should combo up your main course for a great selection of sides.


Delicious! Take a taste card and you get a great discount - super busy but super quick to sit down and super fast service - so pretty much super. Staff were great - the mango chicken plus combo had me coming back twice in two weeks - perfect dinner venue and food for mid-week catch up with friends.


So I had been wanting to visit Banana Tree for a while and finally did. The place itself looked quite nice though it was a bit dim and I did slightly struggle to read the menu. I ordered myself a Spiced Malay Pull Tea, which my friend tells me is suppose to translate to a teh terak. This was a major disappointment as it tasted just like hot water mixed with cinnaman and some milk. Nothing like the ones I had in Malaysia. Food wise, ordered a kuay teow mee which was also rather disappointing. Nothing like what I had in Malaysia before, it was just noodles with some soy sauce. Overall, I wouldn't say it was bad, but I don't think I would be coming back again.


Stummbled across this restaurant in soho this weekend with downpour, We decided to try out the new joint looked great with a good vibe.The staff were polite to offer a menu and told us to wait near doors the table was organised promptly and drinks were offered on mark . kicked of our eve with the indo fusion cocktails with Lychee mojito and DIRTY THAI GUY....just perfect weekend kick starter......We opted to order lots of starters and share mains. which was the brilliant choice had Money bags parcels, pork mix and the satay skewers to share which was great with thier peanut sauce..After another round of cocktails came our mains which was bit delayed of the buzz , but the blonde waiter informewd as politely..Had thier grill options and Malay Rendang curry and Roast duck to share which we all gave a big thumbs up..bill came upto be resonable....We will be going in agian for a good time out.....

john a
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