We know…Banana Tree in The Hub has been open for a good few years now – but we decided to re-visit the menu and take a fresh look at what they offer to the discerning diner.
From the outside looking in, it does look quite dark – it’s not your typical bright, open restaurant, there are some big canteen style tables but also some small, more private tables, for you to squirrel yourselves away on if your looking for something more private. A large bar greets you when you first walk through the door and the cocktail menu is pretty extensive as well. Alas my dining companion and I were both driving, so that menu will have to be tried another time, but the bar area looked very chilled and the hanging chairs looked very comfy.
So, we hit the main menu straightaway…they specialise in Pan-Asian cuisine with Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Thai all featured. We were both really impressed with the number of vegetarian and vegan options available including the desserts.
While we eyed up the extensive menu, we were brought a basket of delicious (slightly spicy) prawn crackers and sweet chilli dip – definitely kept us happy while choosing. For starters we went for two of the waiter’s recommendations Sticky Thai Wings and the Malaysian Kajang Satay – both not only looked amazing when they arrived but tasted equally as good. The satay sauce was an absolute triumph, they should bottle it and sell it on its own, we’d be first in line.
For mains it was a difficult choice; we could have gone for wok tossed noodles, soupy noodles or even some very exotic sounding salads – but were intrigued by the offer to ‘combo up’ our mains (which basically means that for £3.95 on top of your main dish price you get five side dishes included; an indo house salad, sweet corn cakes, indo crackers, aromatic spiced rice and crushed nuts) this is sounded like a win win, so we ordered the Crispy Chicken in a Mango & Lime sauce, and Chargrilled Duck.
Now first up, we have to say – this is a lot of food…you will not go hungry. The combo option is fantastic, but we probably didn’t need our starters in all honesty. The food tasted super fresh and the smells were incredible. We both particularly liked the sweet corn cake sides, really tasty – they should do them just as a starter.
After a short break, where we may have slipped in to a slight food coma, we did manage to find room for dessert (there’s always room). The Banana Tree ‘Frotiteroles’ are little hot banana fritters topped with chocolate and caramel sauce and I could have eaten ten of them! We also tried the Warm Chocolate Indo-Fondant, which was perfectly cooked, oozy out as soon as the spoon went in.
To be honest, this is not normally a range of cuisine that I’d try, but we’d definitely come back again to try a few more dishes from the very tempting menu – and those cocktails need sampling!
For more information or to book visit: https://bananatree.co.uk