BANANA TREE (SOHO) - REVIEW - 22ND MARCH 2012
I’d been to Banana Tree once before at lunchtime and even though the food was nice enough, I found it lacking in atmosphere so I thought I’d give it another go for dinner on a busy Thursday night in Soho.
This time, it was most definitely buzzing with lots of young people having a quick bite to eat before a night out. And that’s one thing that Banana Tree is great for, a fast but healthy dinner when you want to fill up but not have to spend most of your evening dining out. Sometimes, you just want to spend more of your evening in the pub!
We had to queue for around 5minutes on arrival as the restaurant was heaving but the waitress kindly gave us a menu to choose what we wanted while we waited. We were shown to our table and ordered some cocktails (which are all quite unusual and quite reasonably priced at just £6-£7) and nice spicy ‘Melinjo Crackers’ to nibble on while we waited for our drinks. Unfortunately, the wait was rather long so we went ahead and ordered our mains before our drinks had even arrived. And our mains still arrived before our drinks - not great when you want something cooling to quench your thirst before a spicy main.
We ordered a mixture of Pad Thai mains including prawn, chicken and veggie ‘mock duck’ and a Chicken Pho. The Pad Thai dishes were served with beansprouts, crushed peanuts, prawn crackers, sliced chilli and lime and I am told, were all delicious. My Chicken Pho was really tasty and tasted very fresh piled high with fresh coriander, sliced chilli, spinach, pak choi, beansprouts and rather randomly, cherry tomatoes? It was all covered in a yummy miso style broth that was both filling yet felt extremely good for you. With all four dishes ranging between £7-£8 each, one thing Banana Tree is, is good value for money.
The cocktails went down well but the one I picked was, for me, far too strong and I couldn’t actually finish it. So watch out if you’re feeling adventurous and go for a ‘Dirty Thai Guy’.
Banana Tree Soho, 103 Wardour Street, W1F 0UQ.