I’ve walked past this place many a time when deciding when to eat along there but never been inside as I usually end up down the other end of the street saying ‘Fine lets just go here’ - But this won’t happen again Tim, you have shown me the errors of my ways! :)
Banana Tree Canteen
237 West End Lane, London NW6 1XN
- West Hampstead Station (0.4 km)
- Kilburn Station (1.0 km)
- West Hampstead Thameslink Station (0.4 km)
- Kilburn High Road Railway Station (1.0 km)
- Contact us:
020 7431 7808
3 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8AX
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13 reviews of Banana Tree Canteen in English
Great for a quick tasty and reasonably priced meal. They do lovely fresh juices. Lots of menu choice the " banana leaf" meal option means you get a lovely glass noodle salad, and spicy corn fritters as well as rice to accompany your main.
It can be noisy as the tables are snug and the place small and always busy.
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A collection of events unfolded that would normally have me plucking off stars in no time, but I sort of have a soft spot for the place, and would definitely return with friends...
We came by on an impromptu Friday eve and waited in a little queue to be seated at one of the basic wooden tables surrounded by mild chatter and a friendly vibe. We were soon seated and I had a hankering for a shandy but wondered what might come close. At my hesitation the waiter said 'What was what?' To which I replied 'Er I don't suppose you do a shandy do you?'. 'Of course we do!' he bellowed 'We have beer, we have sprite; no problem!' and off he went.
I went for my good ol faithful phad thai but in this instance it didn't pay off - it seems opting for prawn and chicken meant half the portions of each and it lacked some of the flavour as I swallowed my food envy at my dining partner's plate - a grilled snazzy lamb dish. It's clearly one of those spots where it pays to be a bit adventurous. Despite waiting a bit longer than normal for our food, the service was attentive and for two to have a main and a drink for £25 it's pretty decent on the money bags too.
Excellent food and atmosphere. The Banana Tree is located on West End Lane, West Hampsteads main thoroughfare and mixes South Asian cuisine with a relaxed and contemporary decor.
In the summer months the large front windows fold away and there is also seating outside for those who prefer this.
The shared seating arrangement inside makes the most of the small restaurant and works well.
The cost, although not cheap is not overpriced and pitched about right for the food on offer.
All in all highly recommended.
i LOVE this place - great great food!! Fusion South East Asian dishes, at a good price.
I recommend going for the banana leaf menu; gives you a “mini-platter” with main course and some trimmings…
Personal fav: Aubergine curry
Banana Tree have a few branches spread across London (I first visited the West Hampstead restaurant after finding their Battersea branch) and this one serves up typically excellent South East Asian cuisine.
Although the shared seating approach (almost school cafeteria like) can take some getting used it, it actually helps give the place a bit of individuality and quirkiness, and feels less affected than the similar approach you see in Wagamamas.
The food itself is superb. As well as being excellently priced, it provides distinct flavours, interesting combinations, and good portions; and the signature Banana Leaf dish that forms the base of many main courses is spot on, while the vegetarian options are varied and exciting.
The beers match the food - typically Japanese and Singaporean lagers and fruit smoothies based on exotic fruits.
There’s not much else like this in West Hampstead (or nearby), and for the food as well as the buzz this is well worth visiting.
Really nice place - been here a couple of years ago and remember eating some yummy lamb thing. When I went a couple of weeks ago I tried out the soup. It was absolutely delicious with probably the best and freshest pork and prawn dumplings I’ve ever had. Yum. Took my baby niece here and that wasn’t a problem at all - promptly gave us a baby seat and paper and crayons to play with (apparently they were for her…) My sister’s noodle soup was also good and the children’s meal of chicken noodles and spring rolls was really tasty. whole lot plus drinks came to around £20 so it was a bargain too! highly recommend, lovely place, lovely staff. And they gave me a bowl of fresh chillies on the side gratis. Love it.
Oriental place close to West Hampstaed tube station. The food is ok but the service isnt very good. You have to wait a long time to order and the waiter didnt know anything about the food on the menu. Very busy on weekends.
Go to the Banana Tree: your taste buds will thank you.
It’s not fancy. It’s a few benches, and you’re likely to find yourself wedged up alongside someone you don’t know. It’s very small, and in the winter it can get chilly every time the door opens.
But it serves up a large menu of all sorts of South Asian dishes. Thai, Singaporean, Malaysian: there’s all sorts. I love the blackened pork Nasi Goreng, and the laksa. They’ve got some deal options too, if you want multiple dishes.
It’s usually busy if you like a side order of background chatter with your grub, but it’s really the taste of the food that’s the main reason to go here. Fun with a group if you can commandeer a whole table and share.
They have a side door to pick up takeaway, too.
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