Food Review: Chilli Banana at Didsbury, Manchester

As a foodie fan (especially Asian cuisine) I couldn’t wait to try out the recently opened Chilli Banana in Didsbury, a restaurant serving authentic Thai food. Having been to the Chilli Banana in Cheshire and thoroughly enjoyed it out there, we wanted to see if this new opening was just as good in both food quality and dining experience.

My fiancé and I arrived early evening and although it was a relatively small restaurant, it felt intimate with the soft lighting and the homely decor. The drinks menu had an extensive selection of wines and champagne. For non-alcoholics, there were a few exotic mocktails available such as Bora Bora which is an exotic mix of pineapple, passion fruit and lime topped with lychee juice. I decided to just have a lychee juice as not many restaurants sell it.

We kicked off with strips of marinated rump steak (Nua Det Deow) which was cooked to perfection and was flavoursome. The chilli and garlic dipping sauce that came with it tasted so good and had that added extra kick to the overall dish.

Our other starter was a spicy chopped mushroom salad with mint, red onion and chilli (Laab Het). It was served warm which I liked as it resembled a light stir-fry. As someone who likes spicy food, I thoroughly enjoyed the fieriness of every mouthful and would happily choose this again.

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For my main I opted for the Massaman Jay, a mild and rich curry with coconut milk, tofu, baby potato, shallots and peanuts. It complemented well with a portion of Thai sticky white rice in a small, clear steamed bag inside  a bamboo-style container to retain its moisture and freshness. Although this dish is perfect for vegetarians, there is also a meat version available (Massaman Nua).

The other main was the Pad Thai Guns which is fried noodles with king prawns, beansprouts, bean curd, preserved radish, egg and peanut. I was impressed with the generous amount of king prawns served. I liked that the chilli flakes and crushed peanuts were served on the side so that you can mix the desired amount in with the noodles. Overall dish was superbly cooked and I was not disappointed at all.

As this is the festive period, this restaurant offers a variety of Christmas Banquets to choose from including various vegetarian options.

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Overall, I highly recommend the food here as the quality is excellent and the service was good. The only downside was the experience and I have taken into account that it may be because of the big festive season. Unfortunately, we were provided seating beside a big party group and were unable to sit elsewhere, even by the bar area on the other side of the room due to other tables already being reserved.

Due to the rowdiness of the next table, I wanted to take home a dessert from the menu. I wanted to take away the coconut pudding with chocolate mousse and infused ginger sauce  but unfortunately this dish wasn’t available to take out. Although we were offered alternatives, we were sadly left empty handed. We hope to return in the next year to try out other dishes on the menu and the dessert. I give the food here 9 out of 10 but the dining experience, a 5 out of 10 as I felt I could not relax to enjoy my food.

Here are the details below if you wish to try this place out:

Chilli Banana, Didsbury

105-107 Lapwing Ln, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6UR

Telephone: 0161 434 4558

Note: This is not a promotional article and it was not paid for. All opinions are my own.

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