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Banana Tree offers a real mixture of South-east Asian cuisine within very chilled surroundings. Seating is by means of long tables with fixed benches and you will always find a lively, bustling atmosphere here. The food at Banana Tree is very good and very reasonable suiting all budgets.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:30

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By Andrew M.

Went to the Banana Tree Canteen with a few friends and had a nice evening. The waitress dealing with us was very polite and the food was tasty and not too expensive.

Would recommend the Banana Tree Canteen.


By James T.

The Thai dishes that I ordered on the menu were all right, but I have had a lot better around London. The service was terrible. The waiters were really rude, and took a long time to serve us. We had to go get a waiter to get served. The atmosphere of the place is terrible. It is really loud and you have to shout across the table to be heard. It is also really hot; someone I was with at the table was sweating profusely all dinner and they had a mild dish. This might be because they really pack the people in. I'd go somewhere else if you are looking for a nice dinner.


By Paul B.

Went there last week.At first I didn't really like the way place looks like-I mean its just very plain and looks a bit old.Also was a bit dissapointed cause I had to share a table with a couple of strangers...But after I recieve my food I completaly changed my mind!!Had really nice starter(don't remember the name but it was kind of chicken pastry-number 3 on the menu:)Maincourse was amazing!!(Had quite a lot of trouble to decide what to order but waitress was really helpfull and recomended beef green curry)Have to say-EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!I really loved it!! But that's not the end-I still managed to have a dessert-rice pudding with ice cream(yummy!!).I have to say that I've really enjoyed that dinner.Atmospheere was great,music wasn't to loud,amazing food and excellent service.Will be coming back!!:)


By Robin W.

you are a fool...dissing lovely food...
obviously u are a rude muppet!
i have always had lovely service...
maybe u got bad service cos u deserved it cos like u appear from your crap review u are just a rude muppet...Begone!


By Robin W.

the muppets below deserve bad service cos they seem very rude...
I will stick up for the lovely Banana Tree every time cos it rocks and the reviews below are bogus cos the service is great!
this is the most amazing food...
the pad thai is authentic
the fish dishes are fresh and yummy
the person complaining about the service is wrong maybe they should stick to macdonalds!
the chef is a genius
to insult the banana tree is to debase a wonderful thai malaysian experience
it is way nicer than any wagamama
and the staff are really friendly and always happy to explain the dishes, which are totally yummy and huge...
it's the best eatery in W Hampstead and there 'are' lots to pick...Sooooo Pick this
Chalk dee!


By Robin W.

this is the most amazing food...
the pad thai is authentic
the fish dishes are fresh and yummy
the person complaining about the service is wrong maybe they should stick to macdonalds!
the chef is a genius
to insult the banana tree is to debase a wonderful thai malaysian experience
it is way nicer than any wagamama
and the staff are really friendly and always happy to explain the dishes, which are totally yummy and huge...
it's the best eatery in W Hampstead and there 'are' lots to pick...Sooooo Pick this
Chalk dee!


By W.

It was our Uni reunion bash so I suggested Banana Tree Canteen since I remember going there two years ago and it was quite reasonable. The waiting staff were extremely patient with us as we were a little rowdy, but when the food arrived we soon calmed down.

Overall this place had great atmosphere, good food and fantastic smilley service! Everyone liked the Banana Tree Canteen so much we may well come back next year. I on the other hand may just come back next week with my other half.


By K.

I also really used to like The Banana Tree Canteen but I won't be going back after having two bad experiences in a row.

The service at The Banana Tree Canteen is terrible - and it really annoys me that it takes the staff an age to bring back your change after you have paid the bill. Almost as though they are forcing you to tip them when they don't even deserve the standard 10% service charge!!


By A.

All I can say is don't do it...in the past I have had a couple of geat meals at the Banana Tree Canteen but this was all completely spoilt on our last visit. I'm not sure if they have changed staff but the customer service was appalling! The Banana Tree Canteen may be cheap but it still isn't worth it.


By Anne Helene H.

A lively place to enjoy great tasting Indochinese fare with friends.

The Venue
With its warehouse-inspired interior this Hampstead Banana Tree doesn't quite look like most people's idea of a Malaysian canteen. However, it feels airy and modern, and the communal tables are ideal for a dinner with group of friends.

The Atmosphere
This very busy and laid back canteen is bustling with young diners, and you are likely to be sharing your table with chatty strangers. Service can be hurried and you might get the feeling of being rushed through your meal to give a seat to those queueing at the door. As it's so busy it can get a little noisy, but that's part of the style of the venue and overall the atmosphere is cheerful and pleasant.

The Food
The menu has a great variety of Indochinese-inspired fare and is conveniently split into separate sections for curries, noodles and grilled meat. You can customise your main course with your choice of meat or seafood and you can 'combo-up' your dish by adding extra sides. Soups are delicious; the laksa is top notch with just the right amount of coconut milk to give it a velvety texture, and it's full of tangy lemongrass flavour. Portions are filling and several vegetarian-friendly options (such as 'veggie-duck') are also a welcome surprise. Desserts are less impressive but original nonetheless: the green-Thai pancakes are not as flavoursome as one might expect but still worth a try for their unusual and interesting presentation.

The Drink
There is a good selection of wines (with a pretty decent house wine for £14.25) and imported beers but cocktails are the real deal here. Priced at about £7, the list features a selection of very intriguing combinations such as the Dirty Thai Guy, made up of rum, Cointreau, lime and lemongrass with a strong hint of nutmeg. It's a shame they don't do pitchers, which would suit the all-sharing concept of the restaurant.

The Last Word
It might not be the most authentic pan-Asian food you'll ever enjoy, but it's fresh and vibrant, with an atmosphere to match.

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