Friday, August 22, 2014

Foodie Friday #1: BananaTree

Most of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen some of these pictures already but for my 21st birthday I decided I wanted to live life on the edge and discover something new. I wanted something exciting, flavoursome, delicious and healthy(ish) and ended up at the BananaTree. 

BananaTree is very new to Milton Keynes and is situated within The Hub. I had never heard of this restaurant before nor many of the others that are there. It was pure luck that I came across BananaTree and I couldn't have asked for a better 21st birthday meal! 

We booked a table for 6 of us and as well as there being 'normal' seating areas and tables there were also a few of these authentic looking tables with pads on the floor (it was an illusion and there is space to sit normally with your feet over the edge but I just found this so interesting and haven't experienced anything like this before in a restaurant. 

BananaTree is an Indochinese restaurant which again, I have never experienced before. They aim to create amazing dishes using the freshest ingredients they can whilst keeping it healthy (you can watch their YouTube video here). 

All of the dishes we had that evening were mind blowing and we had such a nice selection to share between the 6 of us. Obviously the meat eaters of my family had meaty stuff but myself and my other half were spoiled for choice by the vegetarian/pescatarian options they had which is always something I seem to struggle with in restaurants  - not here though. 

From top to bottom we have (I highly recommend these all!) Street Style Crispy Dough with a Kajang Satay Sauce (it blows any satay sauce out of the water), Vietnamese Monk's Spring Rolls with a Nuoc Cham dipping sauce, Aubergine Half with an aromatic caramel sauce and crispy shallots and Crispy Seafood Money Bags with a sweet chilli sauce. Bare in mind these are obviously all starters and they were absolutely fantastic. The amount of flavour and infused combinations that went into these recipes is superb and I especially loved how the spring rolls came with instructions to wrap each one in the lettuce leaf add some carrot and some of the herbs on the side and dip it into the sauce, I thought it was a really nice touch.

For my main I had the Tamarind Crispy Fish with Thai Basil Glaze and I don't think I have ever enjoyed a fish as much as I did that evening. It was Tilapia which I had also never tried before but I would highly recommend if you like your fish! 

The whole evening was wonderful and all the staff members were extremely helpful, full of jokes and a pleasure to be around. My birthday was truly a special evening and I am so glad I stumbled upon this little gem (I am already planning my next visit as this post is making me extremely hungry). 

BananaTree have eight restaurants  with the majority of them being in and around London but if you are ever close to one or live near one then this is a must try to add to your lists. 

TIP: If you sign up to their mailing list you will receive a 2 for 1 voucher, bargain! 

Have you tried the BananaTree? What are your favourite restaurants? 

*Disclaimer: I was not sponsored for this post or given free items I just wanted to share a wonderful restaurant with you and give my thoughts. All of the restaurants featured in any upcoming Foodie Friday's will not be sponsored either and if they ever are they will be marked with a (*) so you know. My opinions are 100% as always* 


  1. Mmmmm! The food looks lovely!! What a cool looking place!

    Foodie Friday is a brilliant idea! Makes me hungry though!


    1. It really was wonderful and the food was mouthwatering lol!
      Thank you so much for the feedback xx