First restaurant review coming up and I am SO happy it is Banana Tree! I have lost count of the amount of times I have been, my best friend and I are totally obsessed with it. We don’t even need to agree where we are going for dinner sometimes, we just know.
Banana Tree is a London chain with branches across the capital. I’ve only been to the Soho and Clapham restaurants but have also heard great things about Angel too.
It is a mixture of Asian fusion foods (it describes itself as “Indochinese”) and most importantly is great value with pretty much everything on the menu under £10. The menu is really varied and food ranges from mild to really spicy which is great for me as I cannot cope with spicy food in any way, shape or form.
An added bonus (if like me you are partial to an alcoholic drink or five) is the fact they do bottles of Prosecco for £22 which is unheard of in Central London. As if that wasn’t enough, they also do o a happy hour all day until 7pm with buy one get one free. The “Love Me Long Time” is unreal, I would recommend at least 3 with your meal.
We always start with their prawn crackers. I have an unhealthy obsession with sweet chilli sauce, I just don’t think there is anything it doesn’t make taste better (balsamic glaze is another one for that)
I am on a bit of a health kick/tragic attempt at a diet currently (obvs the above mentioned prawn crackers and alcohol don’t count…) so I go for their Bun Bo salad bowl. A huge bowl full of rice noodles, loads of veg, crumbled peanuts, char-grilled chicken and spring rolls all covered in a sweet chilli dressing. It is absolutely dreamy and makes me feel a bit smug that I have (sort of) been healthy. If anything I burnt calories eating it.
How good does that look!
My friend is also one for tradition and tends to go for the Laksa which is so comforting and creamy, I always get food envy looking at it.
So to the bill…
- 1 prawn crackers and sweet chilli sauce
- 1 Banana Tree laksa
- 1 Bun Bo salad bowl
- Drinks (1 double G&T and 1 vodka & tonic)
The total cost excluding service was £32 which for central London is so good, especially with drinks! If you wanted to save even more you could just go for the soft drinks or take advantage of their happy hour.
They have restaurants at various locations across London and you can find more info here.
Check it out and let me know what you think!