Tuesday, June 29, 2010
When You Need to Get Away From the Cold (Which ironically was a great title when I started this post in January. However, now that I'm completing it in June, not so much.)
But I digress...back to Banana Bean. The restaurant has semi-recently moved from their Geman Village location to outside the German Village on Greenlawn. It looks like their new building is possibly a converted gas station due to the overhang outside. The local is definitely not as charming as German Village, but inside the place still gives you a warm vacation feel. We especially loved the palm tree decorated with Christmas lights and roping! The restaurant is a pretty good size with a bar area that has a large amount of seating to your left and then a dining room up some stairs to the right. Overall, the atmosphere is laid back and fun.
Overall, our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I got the feeling that he loved good food just as much as we do.
We, of course, ordered the appetizer of flash fried sweet plantains. The plantains were served with a ya-ya dipping sauce which was very spicy with red pepper flakes and possibly made of Sriracha sauce. The plantains were cooked to sweet, yummy perfection. They were carmelized on the outside and tender on the inside. The sauce was very spicy and on its own I liked it. I would probably love it as a chicken marinade or with a host of various other foods. However, I didn't care for it paired with the plantains. The extreme sweetness of the plantains and the extreme hotness of the sauce seemed to be competing flavors rather than complimentary. However, the plantains were so good on their own I didn't feel like they needed a dipping sauce and I was just as happy to eat them plain.