A few years ago I was searching for places to eat in West Hampstead and discovered Banana Tree. The place is more of a canteen type restaurant similar to Wagamama, but with a menu that serves cusine inspired by Indochina region.
The West Hampstead branch is about a 5 minutes walk from the station, and can be buzzing with people during peak hours especially on the weekend. This is a small branch but a cosy one that blends well with the town of West Hampstead.
Banana Tree serves a range of dishes including noodles and rice. Main dishes can be ordered separately or as a combo. I actually prefer going for the combo which consist of your chosen dish, steamed rice, salad and crackers, all served on one plate.
There are a range of speciality grilled meat which Banana Tree offer, such as the Char Grilled Blackened Chilli Pork (£8.20). You can add £3.25 to have it served with Mee Goreng Noodles or Nasi Goreng Rice.
You are spoilt by choice with drinks including Oriental inspired cocktails. For some thing more healthy there are a range of fresh juice to order. In my last visit I created my own from the list and opted for a carrot and apple juice. It was a tasty fresh juice which has given me a different perspective of carrot juice.
Finish off a meal with Banana Tree’s Oriental desserts. My favourite is the coconut stuffed green pancake.
Balinese ‘Pulut Hitam’ pudding is a nice comfort pudding, which is a black rice pudding.
There are many places in London that can serve good food but many do not come cheap. When you start to add up the starters, mains, desserts, drinks and the service charge you will find out you have spent more then you expected. But Banana Tree is one of those places that serve tasty food without going over board with the money bank.
(Prices correct at the time of dining)
Banana Tree (West Hampstead)
237-239 West End Lane,