When the invite for Pink Media’s blogger dinner at Chilli Banana, I immediately put it on my calendar and drooled over the menu. Chilli Banana are a Lark Lane staple, and one of Liverpool’s few authentic Thai restaurants, so a chance to sample their Street Food menu and experience real Thai food right on my doorstep was one I couldn’t miss.
I was immediately greeted by Chilli Banana’s Mike and restaurant founder May Wakefield, who talked us through the beginnings of Chilli Banana and how they are constantly travelling back to Thailand to discover new flavours and dishes to bring back to their customers. Myself and a plethora of lovely Liverpool bloggers sipped refreshing aperitif cocktails, and excitedly discussed what was in store of the rest of the evening.
A Thai banquet was in store for us! Countless courses of delicious, fresh, real Thai food was served to us by the attentive and knowledgable staff at Chilli Banana. Flavours where everywhere, along with lots of drinks, and we tucked in to what felt like almost every dish on the street food menu. I genuinely think I developed multiple stomaches for each course. Without further a due, here are some of the dishes we ate on the night…
Thai Fish Cakes – Tod Man Pla
Chicken Satay – Satay Gai
Mushroom Skewers – Satay Het
Prawn Skewers – Gung Pow
Coconut Soup – Kow Soi
Steak – Tiger’s Tears – Sua Rong Hai
These where all served with a selection of side dishes: sticky rice, mixed veg in a beautiful sauce.
Sticky toffee and toasted pecan pudding
I wasn’t over exaggerating when I said we ate the whole menu! The courses kept coming and May even gave a cooking demonstration from her cookbook, that was a pre-main main. We where all kindly gifted a copy of the cookbook and challenged to cook our own Thai dishes at home (something I’m going to leave in the more kitchen friendly hands of my boyfriend). All of the food was beautifully presented and made with a huge amount of expertise, talent and care.
Thank-you so, so much to Daisy and all the gals at Pink Media for inviting me, and another huge thank-you to May, Mike and all the team at Chilli Banana for showing us that Thai food doesn’t just have to be Thai Green curry and Pad Thai (although they are very delicious).
Chilli Banana have restaurants around the UK, and all their information can be found on their website here.
Their Street Food Lunch Menu is served until 4pm. An express lunch is £9.95 for a small plate, followed by any noodle dish, rice dish or one of May’s weekly specials. They also do a lunch special for £11.95, that is any two small plates, with a noodle dish, rice dish or one of May’s weekly specials. Chilli Banana also do takeaway, so you can experience an authentic taste of Thailand in the comfort of your own home.
Pink Media are a Liverpool based social media and PR company, and their website can be found here.