Banana Tree

Restaurants, South Asian West Hampstead
Banana Tree

This is a branch of Banana Tree. For the most recent review of another restaurant in the chain, click here


Venue name: Banana Tree
Address: 237-239 West End Lane
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Quite simply delicious. It was a Friday evening and the place was quite busy so it took a bit of time, but we very much enjoyed our meal.

We arrived just before 7pm so we could still order the lunch menu and got a couple of drinks.

The food felt very fresh and well made. As a vegan it was quite easy for me to find what to eat.

The only downside is that the Pad-Thai isn't vegan due to fish sauce, which is a shame.


The food is served quickly, the menu is interesting without being overwhelmingly long, and most importantly the food is strong. In terms of atmosphere, price and speed, it's not fast food, but it's not formal dining either. The drink specials during certain times may also make this a good place for after-work drinks.  


Very friendly and inexpensive Indochinese restaurant that seems to attract families as well as couples. We enjoyed the Pad Thai with prawns and the house specialty Chicken Rendang (a different twist on curry), as well as house wine. We were happy enough with our first visit to decide to make this one of our locals. There are so many restaurants from which to choose on West End Lane, and we've been disappointed in a few of them, and this is the first to which we want to return. Full marks to the very helpful wait staff.

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I've lived in West Hampstead for many years and used to go to the Banana Tree all the time but then I stopped going as I thought it went down hill.  I decided to try it again last week as they have changed the menu to Indochina.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  I had the Cambodian Fish souffle which is really unusual and tasty. We went back again this week and I just had the standard green chicken curry, which was great.  Low key, value for money and easy for a mid week meal when you don't feel like cooking. 

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This restaurant was my first incursion into southeastern asian cuisine. Safe as I like to play on most first attempts (being prone to stomach-aches makes me be quite conservative in regards to food) I went for a Chicken Jawa with a grill combo. Oh-my-god! That was superb! You could easily notice every single flavour involved. My girlfriend went for the Crispy Chicken with Mango & Sweet lime sauce with a house combo and that was fantastic as well.

We got some icrecreams with I can't remember what that was also delicious (we weren't even going to have dessert but after the surprising lunch we had had, we could not stop ourselves from trying some of the sweet dishes).

One of the things I would like to praise were the staff. They were very helpful explaining any questions we had in regards to the food and kept coming to fill the glasses of water.

We're definitely going again next time we walk by West Hampstead.