*Chilli Banana is a Thai restaurant based on Lark Lane, in Liverpool.
May the owner was taught to cook authentic Thai Food by her Mother, and has built a successful restaurant business with her husband recreating the delicate flavours of her homeland.
Thai food is one of my favourite cuisines, and I was so excited to visit the restaurant.
We headed down to Lark Lane one Sunday afternoon, and was greeted by the friendly and welcoming maître d’ Alexandra.
The decor is bright and airy, and even though the downstairs area is small the space has been utilised really well.
There is a seating area downstairs and upstairs, and an open kitchen located at the back of the restaurant.
We placed our drinks order and had a nosey at the menu, whilst we munched on some yummy prawn crackers and sweet chilli dip.
Alexandra popped over, we had a good ole gab, and she was so helpful, friendly and informative.
She talked us through her favourite dishes, and after a lot of deliberation we decided to try the following from the Sharing Street Menu:
Mixed Starter Platter:
Tod Man Gung
(Homemade crispy crab cakes).
(Chicken satay Skewers).
Si Krong Moo Tod
(Ginger and garlic slow cooked ribs).
Po Pia Tod
Everything on the platter was delicious, hot fresh, and full of flavour.
My favourite was the chicken satay skewers, and my little rascal devoured the spring rolls.
We decided to choose from the set menu, which is such great value for money.
It included the sharing platter, a main and side each, and a beer or wine for £19.95.
Pad Krapow Gai Sap
(Stir fried chicken finely chopped, Thai holy basil, chilli, onion. Optional fried egg on top, the true way this Thai dish is served).
Heavenly beef marinated in Oyster sauce, sugar and coriander seeds.
Steamed Jasmine Rice
How amazing do the main courses look?
I had the biggest smile on my face when these plates of perfection landed on our table!
My main was the Pad Krapow Gai Sap and wow it was the best thing I have tasted in a long while.
It was super spicy and full of flavour. The sauce worked beautifully alongside the fluffy Jasmine rice.
The chicken was so tender and light and the green beans were fresh and crunchy, I was totally blown away.
If you like spicy food, then this dish is for you.
But don’t fret if spice isn’t your thing, there are plenty of non spicy dishes to choose from like the – Nua Sawen main.
I had a little taste and the beef was so tender. Teamed with the deep, sweet and salty oyster sauce – it was a match made in heaven.
If you don’t fancy the Sharing Street Menu, there is also a full menu and an array of specials on the board, which included some unique and tasty cocktails.
My little man was in a fussy mood, and they didn’t hesitate to adapt a dish to suit his needs.
(Mind you he wasn’t to fussy when it came to dessert.
The little monkey didn’t come up for air when these chocolate spring rolls arrived).
We really had a wonderful time, and I couldn’t fault anything.
All the staff were attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable.
A big shout out to Alexandra who went above and beyond, her passion and love for the restaurant shone through and made our experience truly wonderful!
If you are after an authentic Thai restaurant or takeaway that offers fresh, delicious and affordable food then I can highly recommend you head on down to *Chilli Banana.
I am already planning my return visit!
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