Banana Tree – Clapham Junction

Last night I went to Banana Tree at Clapham Junction for the first time in a few years, to meet a couple of old friends. And was pleased to find it’s as great as it always was.

You can only book tables for parties of seven or more, so we arrived fairly early (7.30pm) as it was a Saturday night. We were seated straight away and the restaurant filled up quickly.

We started with a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio Garganega Nova @ £16.95 while reading the Asian fusion menu (great mix of Thai, Vietnamese, Malay dishes).

For starters we shared chicken and shitake moneybags – crispy chicken and shitake mushroom stuffed parcels served with chilli sauce @ £4.90, and kau chi dumplings – handmade pork and prawn dumplings with aged vinegar + garlic sauce @ £4.60. Both were really tasty (even if the dumplings looked a bit deflated).


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Chicken shitake moneybags


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Kau chi dumplings

For main course, H and G both had chilli, ginger and basil stir fry with prawns – fresh and aromatic stir fry, with cloud ear and shitake mushrooms, peppers and spring onions in Siamese yellow bean sauce @ £8.40 and steamed Jasmine rice @ £2.50.


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Prawn stir fry and Pinot Grigio


I had seafood kari santan melayu – tiger prawns, tilapia fish fillets and fishcakes gently cooked in a traditional Malaysian blended red curry paste @ £8.90 (lots of deep, contrasting and complementary flavours – simply gorgeous).


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Seafood red curry


Our total bill for three people (for three bottles of pinot grigio, two starters, three mains, and sides of rice and noodles) came to about £100 which included a tip. At £34 each, this seemed very reasonably priced for such great food.


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Open plan kitchen + restaurant bench tables


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: IndoChinese, Asian fusion
~ Address: 75-79 Battersea Rise, London
~ Postcode: SW11 1HN
~ Tel: 020 7228 2828
~ e: battersea@bananatree.co.uk (bookings only for parties of 7 or more)
~ Nearest station: Clapham Junction
~ Website + menus: Banana Tree website
~ Photos on flickr images of Banana Tree food
~ Location: Banana Tree Clapham Junction map


RELATED LINKS

More nearby dining:

~ Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak – *best* restaurant on Lavender Hill (Indonesian / SE Asian fusion)

~ Noiya – Indian restaurant on Lavender Hill


Banana Tree on Urbanspoon



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