Banana Tree

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Banana Tree
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
Contact:
Address: 103 Wardour Street
London
W1F 0UQ
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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3.6 / 5

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Laura C
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Tastemaker

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 chili...so watch out!

Vieve W
Tastemaker

Visited banana tree for the first time, on a first date. Whilst l wasn't overwhelmed by the interior, the food looked yummy and I was looking forward to trying some of what was on offer! The starters were quite extensive but we just opted for the prawn crackers and (Vietnamese Monk) spring rolls with sweet chilli dipping sauce (boring!) The prawn crackers were spicy which I liked. For mains we ordered Chicken Pad Thai and the crispy chicken with mango and sweet lime sauce with noodles. To be absolutely honest, I wasn't too impressed by the standard of food here. The chicken wasn't at all crispy ( more sticky and limp) and the pad thai was bog standard. I could have got better at a street food stall in greenwich! One bonus is they did let us have doggy bags but I suppose that's normal nowadays isn't it? Plus I never actually got round to eating it... Given the choice, I probably wouldn't visit here again; this is one of those hip contemporary eateries on Battersea Rise, filled with young hipsters but just wasn't for me.

The non-alcoholic cocktails were delicious though!

Lisa S
moderator

There are so many fantastic independent asian restaurants in London, it seems a shame to choose a chain. The food is fine, but just not as good as some of the fantastic vietnamese in Shoreditch, for example, or as high quality as a chain like Busaba. Good for a treat with your team at lunch, but not necessary a destination restaurant for an evening out.

Jon D

Went here with a large work party of 18 for lunch one day. Very busy and did feel a bit cramped in. Had to climb over each other to go anywhere. Service was a bit slow with half the drinks arriving then waiting 10 minutes for the rest. Same with food where half of us were well into our main courses before everyone had their own. The food itself was very tasty and good in portion size. I would go back here but maybe only if with a couple of people and we wanted a quick meal. Pricing was very reasonable for what we had.

Poppy L
Tastemaker

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
Tastemaker

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.


K M
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.

Rachael

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.

Eric

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.

Kabi

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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