Restaurant Review: Banana Tree - Bayswater, London

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Banana Tree in Bayswater serves IndoChinese menu, which is also Halal. Although Banana Tree has lots of other restaurants in other locations too, their Bayswater branch is the only one where pork is not served. Parking was a bit of an issue because most of the streets near Banana Tree do not have parking for those other than the residents. It took us a little more than 20 minutes to find a parking spot, which was luckily free of charge but there was a bit of a walk to the restaurant. On entering Banana Tree, I got a rustic feeling as the interior and the seating had been done that way! There were both benches and chairs alongside wooden tables and dim lighting coming from low lampshades. 

To start the meal, my husband and I first ordered the drinks and our choice was Virgin Pina Colada  (£5.95) and the exotic lychee & lemongrass cooler (£5.95). Pina Colada came in a tall glass, the pineapple juice and coconut cream mixed together was refreshing. The other mocktail was made with lychee juice, fresh lemongrass, lime juice and grenadine. Although the mocktail tasted great, I was secretly hoping if it could just refill with magic, as I felt I needed another glass to complete the meal off. 

pina colada

On quickly having a look at the menu that was given to us, we decided on ordering a  Spiced Chili Beef Indo wrap (£6.65) and Kajang Grilled Satay (5 sticks for £7.65) for starters. Initially, I was under the impression that the wrap that we would be served would be an Arabic kind of wrap (my bad) i.e. Meat and other things served in a pita bread. However, this one was different! Upon it's arrival, I carefully read the instructions given for eating the wrap and then had it accordingly. As you can see in the photos, the dish has some greens on it, so the first step was to place the spiced chili beef pieces on Batavia lettuce, along with other herbs, salad and Nuoc Cham dipping sauce and wrap it. This was actually the first time I was having such a wrap so it was something new for me. The beef was flavoursome and the dipping sauce complimented it well. 

banana tree halal bayswater

banana tree halal bayswater

Kajang Grilled Satay was great as the chicken was succulent. The platter also came with mixed pickle salad, palm leaf rice and peanut sauce. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of peanuts but the sauce complimented the satay pretty well, so it was a good combination. 

 Kajang Grilled Satay

For the mains, we opted for Crispy Chicken with Mango  & Sweet Lime Sauce 9.85) and Sautéed Beef with Kari Patta & Cashew Nuts  10.25). The chicken dish was crunchy, had an oriental seasoning and was topped with mango and lime sauce. I liked how the chicken tasted, but the flavour was more or less same as the ones used in the pickle salad, so possibly the mango and sweet lime sauce had also been drizzled on the salad to entice it's taste. 

banana tree bayswater halal

banana tree bayswater halal

The beef dish was marinated in spices after which it had been sauteed with kari patta leave, tomatoes, coriander, spring onions & cashew nuts. Initially, we thought of ordering rice as a side but were told about the option of Banana Tree house combo 3.95 per person). As the name suggests, this was actually a combo that included the main dish along with the Indo House Salad with crushed nuts, sweet corn cakes, a cracker, and spiced rice. However, they give an option either to choose rice or stir fry. 

banana tree bayswater halal

The warm chocolate Indo-Fondant (£6.35) was our dessert of the evening, which was served on a banana leaf and included a scoop of coconut ice cream beautifully presented with sliced strawberries and passion-fruit. The chocolate fondant itself was extremely tempting and warm chocolate oozing out of it assured it's delectable taste. 

banana tree bayswater halal

The service at Banana Tree (Bayswater, London) was praise worthy, and the staff seemed to be well trained as they gave a lot of attention to detail. I wasn't able to sample everything on the menu last time, but I do have some more dishes on my list that I would like to try on my next visit to the restaurant. 

banana tree bayswater halal
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Rating: 7.5/10 
Pricing: Mid-Range 
Halal Meat: Yes 
Child-Friendly: Yes
Alcohol Available: Yes

Contact Banana Tree: 
Telephone: 020 7221 4085
Location: 21-23 Westbourne Grove London W2 4UA
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19 comments:

  1. Love the sound of the IndoChinese menu, perfect for date night!

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  2. We used to have a banana tree in my town but then it shut down which was such a shame as I really enjoyed the food there x

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  3. Wow, that food looks amazing. I'll definitely be looking to see if they have any of these near me.

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  4. Ive been wanting to go here since ages and the only thing that puts us off is the parking issue lol! But now gonna force my husband to come here for eid!

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  5. I love fusion food and have been wanting to try 'banana tree' for a while. I like the sound of the fondant yum x

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  6. This sounds like the kind of place my husband would LOVE, the food does look amazing

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  7. All of the food at Banana Tree looks and sounds amazing, especially the deserts. I've not heard of Banana Tree before so I'm not sure if there is one near me. I'll have to find out where my nearest one is.

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  8. Mmmm the food looks absolutely delicious here - I love the look of the wraps and that pudding to die for!

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  9. Interesting that the wrap is wrapped in lettuce, I think this out of this world a superb idea. I would want to try this wrap out besides that spiced chili beef looks really delicious.

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  10. omg this is mouthwatering. The grilled satay and the chicken looks divine!

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  11. This is exactly the type of food I like to eat! The wrap sounds sooo good.

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  12. Oh wow how amazing does this food look? I would love to eat here. Kaz x

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  13. Looks like fantastic food! The chocolate fondant is definitely something I'd eat, yummy!

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  14. I've been here, it is amazing, I love the variety of food.

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  15. I like the look of the Kajang Grilled Satay. I am glad to hear about the service too. That makes the whole experience so much nicer.

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  16. The food looks absolutely delicious and I am so loving that you got instructions for the wrap. I love London but parking is a pain

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  17. I went to one in Soho recently. Their food is lovely. I love that dessert it's gorgeous ;-)

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  18. OMG I love Banana Tree! This has made me crave it now lol, haven't been in ages. Will definitely be heading over soon 😊

    Amanda | https://ldnrose.com

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  19. I haven't heard of this restaurant before - the food sounds and looks delicious though. Kaz

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