Banana Blossom Asian Salads combines authentic Asian flavours with fresh local ingredients to bring you a truck load of tasty.
Banana Blossom Asian Salads has become something of a household name on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since its first site at Mona Vale, this fresh take on affordable, healthy fast food has cultivated quite a following.
Husband and Wife super-duo, Nat and Ben Thomas, are no strangers to Asian cuisine. Nat was born and raised in Thailand before moving to Australia in 1994. Ben, who spent twenty years as a chef in some of Sydney’s most reputable restaurants including his own dedicated fifteen of those years to perfecting Asian cooking.
The Banana Blossom Journey:
In 2003 Nat and Ben put their heads together and the first Banana Blossom salad was born. After taking their creation to the Sydney Food Good Markets in Hyde Park, whilst also running a restaurant, they were astounded at the positive response. Seeing a gap in the market for a healthy lunch-on-the-go the couple decided they wanted to expand.
In 2007 the pair opened an Asian Deli in Mona Vale, selling traditional Asian food and three special salads.
After experimenting with new flavours and combinations, Nat and Ben decide to turn the deli into a salad-only eatery in 2009. With eight great salads on the menu, the shop was pretty much an instant hit with local Mum’s who continue to visit to this day.
2012- The new flagship store is opened in Manly. With more space and a modern feel, the shop has…ahem…Blossomed.
Ben and Nat have been overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm shown by the public and are looking to expand in the near future. Watch this space.
So, there you have it, from that first salad filling the grumbling tummies of the early risers at the Good Food Markets, to the full menu you see today in the three stores, Banana Blossom combines authentic Asian flavours with a modern, fresh take on lunch on-the-go.
Eat More Green – The Banana Blossom Philosophy
It’s a simple idea, but we like it. We believe that eating healthy, fresh, food from the land is good for your mind, body and soul. We just make it easy for you.
Banana Blossom prides itself on fresh, local ingredients. With daily visits to Sydney Markets and local thirst quenchers filling the fridge, this place is far from your typical fast food chain and thrives on a sense of community and local connections.
“We noticed that the market for lunch was rich in heavy, processed food and we wanted to create something different that provided a nutritious, tasty alternative to lunch on the go. Our mantra; Eat More Green, is integral to what we do here at Banana Blossom and providing, fresh tasty food at a reasonable price is what we are all about. “
Dubbed as the “best post-surf feed”, our customers vary from office workers to surfers, school children to professional athletes, mums to pensioners. And we love them all. It’s great to see people from all walks of life sitting down together, sharing a common pleasure.
What’s in it?:
Banana Blossom is serious about food. Using free range eggs, sourcing premium salad mixes and using authentic Asian ingredients are just a few of our promises to you. We will never compromise on taste to increase our profits.
We try to stay away from your usual, banal salad leaves and instead use a broad range of tasty leaves with complex nutritional values to give your salad that extra something special.
Our small but impressive menu caters for vegetarians and vegans, and also has a whole host of yummy Gluten Free options. It’s fair to say there’s something for everyone.
The Dressings – Maybe the most raved about component of the salads, these deliciously addictive drizzlers are an enigma in themselves. (With complex, authentic flavours tailor made to the ingredients of their salad counterpart, you won’t find anything like this in the supermarket). But don’t be fooled, with only four people in on the recipes, the imitators don’t come close.
There’s A Lady Beetle In My Salad *squeals*:
In order to remove the need for pesticides on salad, our suppliers use bugs as a bio-defence. The salads are washed several times before being served but you may still find a little critter every now and again. They aren’t dangerous and they won’t bite. We think they’re much cuter than nasty chemicals. Visit coolabah herbs for more information. http://www.coolibahherbs.com.au/biological-solutions
The ‘Devil Chilli’:
Sitting in an inconspicuous little red pot, you’d be forgiven for thinking this chilli mix could hardly cause a tingle on the tongue. Quite to the contrary, this mix of habanero and Thai chillies, marinated in rice vinegar is pure, unadulterated fire. A constant source of entertainment to staff and known to cause sweating, swearing and can even be used as cheap alternative to collagen (cue the chilli-pout), this little monkey should be approached with care. Despite its fiery traits, it is strangely addictive with a complex and delicious flavour. We advise only a smidgen for newcomers.
Banana Blossom is dedicated to providing great quality, fresh food. Our suppliers are paramount in ensuring we deliver that standard every day.
We buy Organic Premium Salad Mixes from Coolibah Herbs, a local company based in Sydney providing high quality, pesticide-free salad mixes. For more information visit : http://www.coolibahherbs.com.au