Last Friday evening I met for dinner with a friend; the plan was to grab a bite at Banana Tree in Angel, part of a mini indochinese chain, and then join some other friends at newly open rooftop bar Golden Bee in Old Street.
To be absolutely honest, I had pretty low expectations for this restaurant; firstly the location, on the main road, just a stone’ throw from Angel tube, in front of Jamie’s Oliver restaurant, to me was screaming mainstream chain, which is one of the London’s dining scene drawbacks. My second preconception was the big size of the restaurant, that more often than not, means lower attention to the quality of the food and less attentive service.
And I was pleasantly proven wrong! I love when that happens! Food was excellent and service friendly.
While deciding for our food, we ordered two delicious lychee mojitos. They tasted really fresh and were perfectly balanced, not too alcoholic or too watery.
My choice of main was the Seafood Kari Santan Melayu upgraded with the banana tree special combo, excellent choice I must admit . My friend ordered the Crispy Lime and Mango chicken, with the special combo too.
My seafood curry was perfect; Nice big king prawns, big chunks of tilapia fish, juicy and not overcooked and tasty fishcakes. It came in a very generous portion, together with the other ingredients of the banana tree combo: sesame glass noodle salad, such a perfect combination of sweet and sour flavors, jasmine rice, sweetcorn cakes and prawn crackers.
My friend’s chicken was really tasty, and again a great combination of flavours, the sweetness of the mango balanced perfectly the slightly sour lime.
I like to think I have developed a pretty good detector for fake southern Asian food recently, having spent the past month traveling over-there. I am glad to say that the food at Banana tree is exactly as good as a meal in a Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, Singapore or Malaysia.
And the bill won’t break the bank, which is alway a plus
I will definitely go back!
Perfect for a casual meet up with friends.
Avg dinner for two with cocktails and excluding dessert £40.