Chilli Banana’s new town centre restaurant, on the corner of Water Lane, is a stylish two-storey restaurant with private dining for 60 people and expansion plans for an upstairs open-air decked terrace overlooking the heart of Wilmslow.
The Chilli Banana Thai Restaurant,
71 Water Lane,
T: 01625 539 100
Enter through a modern, stylish atrium of Thai lanterns, through lounge and bar areas, to the dining room’s subtly lit tables and booths overlooking a state-of-the-art open kitchen.
Three thousand handmade bricks have been shipped from Ayutthaya in the Chaophraya valley. Furnishings, teak doors, Thai art and decorations have come 6,000-miles by container ship to guarantee that the Chilli Banana experience is as real as you will find on this side of the world.
May’s traditional Thai home cooking uses the best of British meat and the finest herbs and spices imported twice a week from market gardeners in the central plain around the Chaophraya basin. Her five Thai chefs grind and blend them by hand to re-create the intricate, delicate flavours of genuine Thai food.
May and Steve Wakefield’s regular visits to Thailand, several times a year, keep them abreast of the latest cuisine – from street food bars to the top floor restaurants of Bangkok skyscrapers. You never know what they’ll find … until you taste it.
May was born about an hour east of the city – in Prachinburi Province. Her family were farmers in a herb, fruit and rice growing area and she grew up among fields of basil and lemongrass.
As a child she helped feed up to 50 community farm workers at lunchtime, then worked through the afternoon helping her mother to prepare seven-course evening banquets for their three-generation family. That’s where May learned her craft – a craft that became a passion.