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The Coconut Tree to open in Birmingham

The Coconut Tree’s take on the cuisine is made up of smaller tapas-style dishes embracing plants, fish and meat - it’s an “abundant” menu that “offers something for everyone”

Sri Lankan street food restaurant group The Coconut Tree is continuing its “organic” growth, with a new site set to open in Birmingham in early 2022.

The eighth restaurant in its portfolio, following Reading and Bath openings in 2021, will join other branches in Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford, Cheltenham and Bournemouth.

The Coconut Tree’s take on the cuisine is made up of smaller tapas-style dishes embracing plants, fish and meat – it’s an “abundant” menu that “offers something for everyone”.

The restaurant said its menu is made up of smaller tapas-style plates including: hot battered spicy cuttlefish; ‘hoppers’ – bowl shaped coconut pancakes served with sambal and Sri Lankan salsa; ‘cashew nuts’ and green peas soaked and cooked in coconut cream; and ‘black pork’ which consists of diced pork belly cooked in 30 roasted spices.

Larger sharing dishes include their signature ‘devilled dishes’ – meat or fish cooked in spices, then stir fried with traditional banana peppers and finished off with crushed chillies and their ‘kotthu’ is an example of a local hybrid and served all over the country as a luxurious street food.

The Coconut Tree also unveiled its brand new cocktail menu; featuring 18 cocktails in total, the range includes seven brand-new cocktails, along with updated recipes for some of the restaurant’s “most popular” drinks.

Anna Garrod, brand director, said: “We can’t wait to bring a little piece of Sri Lankan hospitality and our warm Island vibes to Gas Street, the heart of Birmingham’s entertainment and leisure district. We’ve had our eyes on the city for a really long time and couldn’t be more excited to take on this beautiful building.”

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