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:|
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
3.6 / 5
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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.
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.
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.....
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