Food profile - Chilli Banana, Wilmslow
PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 February 2017
Thai food is one of life's greatest delights, and Chilli Banana in Wilmslow gives diners some of the greatest Thai food they could wish for
I love Thai food. Simple yet packed with flavours to delight every part of the palette, it’s a feast for all the senses with the tumble of fragrances, colours and textures that come packed into every dish – and when it’s made for you by May, who learned to cook at her mother’s side in Thailand, it’s a delight I could feast on every day.
Chilli Banana Wilmslow is the flagship for the small but perfectly formed chain, and May keeps a fierce grip on menu and quality control for each of the restaurants in the chain, from her development kitchen in Wilmslow. I’m perfectly happy with this – it would be devastating to visit a Chilli Banana elsewhere and not experience the heavenly song of May’s Tom Ka Gai, the chicken and coconut soup I would request as my last dish on earth, should the situation ever arise.
One of the greatest challenges of a visit to Chilli Banana is what to order; not because you’ll struggle to find a dish you want, but because you want every dish. We went straight in with a Mixed Starter, a mouth-watering combination of Chicken Satay, Thai fish cakes, Spring Rolls and Pork & Prawn Toasts. Hot, fresh and delicious, they come quickly to the table and are devoured instantly. As I said, Tom Ka Gai is soup heaven, but a whole bowl for me means I can’t do justice to a main course, so we split a bowl between us – kindly pre-separated by the kitchen, to avoid messy moments.
Main course selection is ridiculously tricky. I eventually plumped for Massaman curry with chicken and Mike for the Penang curry. Mike’s dish leads with a sweet spike, followed by smokiness and heat. It’s fabulous, but I barely get a look in. Luckily I’m not for sharing either; my Massaman curry is rich and sweet, packed with flavour and with a crunch of peanuts to balance the smooth sauce and soft potato. Even though I resisted a full soup, it’s too much for me – but that’s fine, because who doesn’t love Massaman curry for lunch next day? Doggy bag for one, please.
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