Serves meat, vegan options available. Pan Asian kitchen & bar restaurant group offering dishes from Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. Has vegan menu selection with choices like bun bo salad, wok noodles, curry kari, stir fry, and several appetizers. Coconut thai pancakes, rice pudding, chocolate fondant, and sorbet for dessert. Open Mon-Tue 12:00-22:30, Wed-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:00.

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29 Reviews

First Review by FionaChiu


Points +107

03 Dec 2023

An unexpected gem

Didn’t actually mean to go here but it was a happy mistake. Loads of options and the food quality was excellent.

Pros: Good range of choices



Points +3061

09 Oct 2023

Loads of vegan choice!

The vegan menu at Banana Tree is massive! We were spoiled for choice. In the end we had 4 dishes to share. The sweet and sour sauce on the vegan bites dish with sticky rice, was really amazing. The noodles has fresh mint on top which was unexpected but very welcome. Would definitely visit again.


Points +165

08 Oct 2023

Plenty of choice

Loads of options including vegan crackers which were delish! Amazing quality food and friendly staff.


Points +351

07 Aug 2023

Asian fusion

Pretty good vegan options. In my opinion, it is one of the best places for vegans in Oxford.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-07

Pros: Good vegan options , Tasty


Points +1632

24 Jul 2023

Pretty good and great value

My husband and I both really enjoyed our food. My parents didn’t enjoy theirs as much. The staff was friendly. I very much recommend the vegan corn fritters, the Japanese curry and the lychee mint cooler!!


Points +410

18 May 2023

Lots of great vegan options

Had an amazing aubergine curry, plus vegan crackers which were enjoyed by the whole table! Fast service, was a great choice when I had a train to catch.


Points +338

09 May 2023

Something for everyone

So much to choose from. Lots of veggie options and great for a mixed group. Decent Asian fast food.


Points +57

03 May 2023

Loved it!

I’d never been to a Banana Tree restaurant before but I was definitely impressed. It was a lovely venue and the menu had a large number of vegan dishes to choose from. I will definitely be returning to try out other options!

Pros: Quality of food, Good service, 2 for 1 cocktails all day every day!


Points +71

04 Apr 2023

Delicious food - highly recommend

Chose gyoza and Singapore laksa which were both excellent. Would definitely come again.

Pros: Good choice of vegan options , Excellent customer service, Very good cocktail’s

Cons: None really


Points +64

30 Mar 2023

Decent food at a decent price

A decent proportion of the menu is available as a vegan option. I ordered the Satay Skewers, Blackened Monks Noodles and Spring Rolls. The food was served to us quickly, and was absolutely amazing! I’m almost wishing I ordered the whole platter of Satay, instead of the single portion because they were so good.

Pros: Plenty of Vegan Options, Good Value for Money


Points +261

14 Nov 2022

Very good asian restaurant

Lots of vegan option, very good, Quick service, etc.

Pros: Beaucoup d'options vegans, Satay stick sont une tuerie, monks noodles aussi, Bien localisé dans le centre ville


Points +322

11 Nov 2022

Great food and cocktails

Starters and mains were all delicious, particularly the aubergine tamarind curry. They had one vegan option for dessert - banana fritters, these weren’t so good. Cocktails were lovely too!


Points +56

22 Sep 2022


I’ve been to this place several times now and never had a bad meal. Have had the vegan satay sticks, the pad Thai, and the spiced aubergine dish and they have all been absolutely delicious. Good ambience and music, and friendly staff too


Points +53

Mostly Veg
07 Aug 2022

Delicious aubergine dish

Preferred the tamarind aubergine and tofu with sticky rice after reading the other reviews. Was not disappointed, it was delicious! Service was fantastic and mocktails two for one all day. Also had edamame beans with spicy seasoning which were amazing.

Pros: Vegan menu option, Lots of fresh air, Good service

Cons: Quite pricey for a lunch, Hard to navigate the menu on a phone


Points +132

20 Mar 2022

Great miso soup!

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. On the menu there are various clearly - labelled vegan options. The miso soup with tofu starter was one of the best starters I have had, really good flavours. The service was fast and efficient too. Looking forward to returning

Pros: Tasty food, Quick service, Lots of vegan options


Points +58

21 Dec 2021

Best tamarind aubergine

Super delicious spicy tamarind aubergine regional dish, tons of veg and vegan options on the menu.
Service was terribly slow (had to ask for mains 4 times) but food 5 stars.

Pros: Lots of veg and vegan choices, Tasty food, Reasonable price


Points +621

04 Sep 2021

One of the best

Banana tree is definitely one of the best chains that offers vegan asian options. My favourites are the pad thai and the singapore laksa, both which come with a really nice puffed tofu. The vegan coconut kari, sweet and sour stir fry and the satay sticks are also incredible and come with their “vegan bites” which are some of the most realistic vegan alternatives I’ve ever had. 100% would recommend.

Updated from previous review on 2021-09-04

Pros: Delicious food, Clearly labeled vegan options, Incredible meat alternatives


Points +1722

01 Aug 2021


Overall a very very nice meal! The sweetcorn cakes, coconut curry and the banana fritters and sorbets were particularly delicious and although a bit expensive I can’t wait to dine here again. I had the vegan bites which are basically a soo goer/airier form of tofu and very nice.

The waiters were all very helpful, and careful not to give me anything I have intolerances to, however I ordered the banana fritters with sorbet (to make it vegan) and when they brought it out they’d given me dairy vanilla. They changed it quickly and it was fine, but seeing another reviewer write this below is a little worrying.

It was also a little cramped and noisy, but the food made up for it so 4*s overall.

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-01

Pros: Really tasty food, Careful about intolerances for the most part

Cons: Bit expensive, Noisy and crowded


Points +106

04 Jun 2021

delicious vegan options

Great service, lots of free spaces on a Friday afternoon, and delicious food. Not cheap but worth it. We were there during happy hour where you get two cocktails for the price of one and they were delicious too.

Very accommodating when we forgot to ask about no coriander on my mum's dish, replacing it without a fuss even though it was clearly our fault.

Highly recommend the vegan gyoza for starters!

Pros: accommodating service, great food, two for one drinks

Cons: industrial interior (if that is not your style), on pricy side (but not unreasonable)


Points +18

06 Jan 2021


I am.so utterly disappointed, I ordered a take away before Christmas from here and it was the best meal ever .
Tonight I ordered at 530 and my order arrived at 6pm cold .. the massaman curry so unbelievably spicy it is tastless .. I rang the restaurant but as I ordered through deliveroo they cannot do anything ... and deliveroo will.only refund 19 of a 40 order .. the food tonight is in the bin I am hungry and so sad ... what a disappointment 😪 .. I thought I had found a good restaurant but tonight I am let down

Updated from previous review on 2021-01-06

Cons: Temperature of food , The spicy ness of massaman, The fact i still have no supper to eat


Points +929

12 Oct 2020


Nice menu for vegans, they appologies and replace the dairy ice cream to a mango sorbet.
Fhe dessert was really expensive compare to the main.


Points +30

23 Jul 2020

Eggplant tree

I think this is my favourite place in Oxford. It might be the best Asian food in town too. The eggplant dishes are the best.


Points +60

13 May 2020

Mock chicken satay skewers are a must !

Great place with a great range of vegan options. Satay is soooo good.


Points +292

21 Feb 2020


They have lots and lots of great vegan options. The Thai green curry was absolutely delicious and really filling! Definitely recommend if you like this type of cuisine:)


Points +375

12 Oct 2019

Tasty food, but not impressive

If your a massive foodie and love hunting for vegan finds, I wouldn’t bother. Hmmm yeah I love the fact that this restaurant is vegan friendly and the staff are lovely, but the food wasn’t that impressive. To be honest me and my partner loved our sides more then we liked our mains. After two sides and two mains between both me and my partner I was still left hungry and for the price!! that’s where stars are lost. We spent £50 for what we got, a bit steep if you ask me. Other then that, great service can’t fault on that and was lured into the restaurant only because they had a vegan menu. Probably wouldn’t come back only because I’m sure we would try our luck else where in the beautiful town of oxford.

Pros: Vegan menu , Lovely staff , Bathroom is clean

Cons: Expensive , Food not impressive


Points +100

20 Jun 2019

Happily surprised!

Banana Tree is the home of Indochinese food in the heart of Notting Hill. The place is very simple with no particular embellishment or theme. It’s also very quiet, with few customers. It could be a bad sign, like the poor quality of the food, but don’t be mislead by that! Their menu has a lot of vegan and gluten-free options, with pictures! The fried vegetable dumplings with spicy sweet and sour sauce are an explosion in your mouth with the crispy batter creating a perfect contrast with its warm and soft vegetable stuffing. The accompanying sauce is quite spicy. The Bun Bo Vietnamese salad with satay skewers is da bomb. A bit way too healthy (maybe), but super filling and satisfying. The staple ingredient of this main dish are rice noodle garnished with fresh vegetables, crumbled nuts, crispy sautéed spring onions, a huge (vegan) shrimp chip, and mini vegetable spring rolls, all seasoned with a delicious Nuoc Cham sauce. The skewers, which in the normal version are made of chicken, are made of seitan and it’s a good mock meat choice. The Nuoc Cham sauce has a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. This salad bowl It’s something messy and chaotic, yet fun and colorful to play with! These Banana “Frotiteroles” that apart from being a lame pun (between fruit and profiteroles) was a complete disaster. They tried to make profiteroles with bananas. A sort of fried batter around the fruit, moistened with a sweet chocolatey syrup; both taste and consistency are sickening (and not in a good way), it’s like eating a too-mature splattered banana. Fortunately, they come with a scoop of mango or raspberry sorbet that save the day!

Pros: delicious food, affordable


Points +97

25 Nov 2018

Very tasty, a full vegan menu

Offers a full vegan selection when you enter the restaurant, which is nice. Went for a lunch offer which was 11 pounds for a starter and a main. I went for the spring rolls for starter, which was delicious and for the sweet and sour stir fry for the main which was okay but I'm not too kin in the big chunks of soy balls.
Overall a nice place to go if you are vegetarian/vegan in Oxford, specially with the total absence of veggie restaurant in the city center.

Pros: A full vegan menu, vegan spring rolls, fast service during lunch time

Cons: Very cold Air Conditioning (November time) , chopsticks only on request 🥢

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