Last night was date night, woo! Hubby and I decided to go to Banana tree in Clapham about 5-8 mins walk from Clapham junction station. Worth every step.
Banana tree is a delectable fusion of Indonesian and Chinese food, ‘indochinese’. We’ve been there a few times, and every time the food has been consistently delicious. When we arrived it wasn’t too busy, then only about 15mins later there wasn’t a spare seat in sight. Very popular and once you’ve tried it you’ll know why.
To start we shared…..
Crispy Seafood Moneybags
White fish, king prawn, vegetable stuffed filo parcels, served with sweet chilli dipping sauce.
So fresh and full of flavour. The sauce had the perfect balance of sweet and chilli. Small pastry mouthfuls of yumminess!
Street Style Crispy Dough
A light and chewy Indochinese style dough served with banana tree’s signature Kajang Satay sauce.
Genius! absolute genius. It’s like savoury pieces of doughnut (a little crispier and still soft inside) with an absolutely fabulous light, flavoursome satay style sauce.
The tastebud roller coaster ride doesn’t end there. Oh no. For a main I had…
Tamarind Crispy Fish with Thai Basil Glaze combo
Tilapia fish fillets in a lightly dusted crust and finished with a deliciously balanced sauce of tamarind, lime leaf, garlic, chilli and Sweet basil. Along with the fish came rice, corn fritters, a prawn cracker and salad.
Fumbling with my chopsticks I dived into the succulent flakey fish under the delightful crust and combined it with the fragrant rice, fresh tangy salad and indulged in the sauce that exploded with flavour.
Tamarind Spicy Aubergine
Sweet, tangy and spicy. Tamarind, peppers, carrot, spicy bean paste, garlic and ginger.
Who knew veg could taste so good? This dish is bursting with flavours and sweet, tangy and spicy are a match made in heaven.
They also do delicious cocktails. Mai Thai is my favourite. If you get there in time for happy hour, you get 2 for 1!
The service was great. Friendly, helpful waiters and even though it was busy we didn’t have to wait long for our food.
Tempting you? I hope so. Definitely check this place out. You won’t regret it.
Banana tree: http://www.bananatree.co.uk/menus?menu=10173
(various locations in London)