About 4 weeks ago, we were at the London Emergenza Showcase Competition. The final 16 unsigned International bands had to compete for one spot to perform at Taubertal Festival in Rothenburg with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Editor. The bands played their original best songs and the panel of judges selected the best based on criteria such as Stage Presence and Song-writing skills. Before heading to The Garage to support these unsigned bands, we made sure we fill ourselves up with some proper meal at Banana Tree so we have enough energy to enjoy the night.
I must say that I immediately liked Banana Tree from the first time I visited at Angel. This time, we were at the Soho branch. The interior is filled with bare concrete long tables and wooden benches, no fuss décor that exudes warmth. Even the service complements. It was mid afternoon when we got there so everyone was really hungry. It was not surprising we all had a combo up. With an extra £3.25 each, we get Sesame Glass Noodle Salad, Sweet Corn Cakes, Spicy Crackers and Steamed Jasmine Rice in addition to our main course. What a good deal! Who would miss out on that. If you are not as hungry, I suggest ordering mains and rice separately so you can have less rice and more dishes. That’s what we would normally do but not when the tummy’s growling like crazy.
Beef Rendang with Special Combo was very flavourful
I ordered the tamarind crispy fish with Thai basil glaze. Everything on the plate was delicious, except the sweet corn cakes. The salad was nutty; the fish, crispy with a tang from tamarind and fragrance of the basil. The vegetarian dish of Spicy Tamarind Aubergine was also very tasty.
I will definitely be back again to try more of their food. The most tempting dish is the Kajang Chicken Satay. Kajang is a town in Malaysia that is renowned for its satay. I have had them in Kajang and gosh, it was GOOD! I’ll also recommend trying a typical Malaysian drink, the spiced Malay ‘pull’ tea. Will write more after my next visit.
Good service, good food and portion big enough for hungry diners.
Nothing to frown about.
Will I return?
Will definitely return for some simple and tasty South East Asian food.
103 Wardour Street
W1F 0UQ London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7437 1351
Other branches at: Angel, Bayswater, Clapham Junction, Maida Vale and West Hampstead
Back to the Emergenza Showcase
Now that I’m done telling you about Banana Tree, lets get back to the Emergenza Showcase. The 16 bands who played, some were some really good and some, I would say not our cup of tea. Although Black Orchid Empire won, Upperfield was one of our favourites of the night. Even though Upperfield did not make it to Taubertal Festival, they won the best guitarist of the night, taking home a valve amplifier, now an add on to their studio.
Voted as the best guitarist of the night by the panel of judges. The prize was a valve amplifier from Marshall Amplification.