Award-winning Sri Lankan restaurant group The Coconut Tree will reopen its Cardiff restaurant on Friday 22nd May. The Mill Lane venue will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm – 9pm for takeaways only.
The Oxford restaurant will follow on Wednesday 27th May, offering takeaways from Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm – 9pm.
The re-openings are part of a phased return to normality for the Sri Lankan street-food pioneers; they opened their Cheltenham and Bristol Gloucester Road sites up for takeaways earlier this month.
After investing in new technology and procedures, customers will be able to pre-order directly through The Coconut Tree website for ‘click and collect’ at the Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford sites, allowing The Coconut Tree to cut commission costs and keep more revenue within the business.
In Cardiff, customers will still be able to order via their favourite delivery apps (Uber Eats or Deliveroo).
Brand Director Anna Garrod said;
“We’re delighted to be able to feed people in Cardiff and Oxford again, and after some hard work behind the scenes, to offer customers in Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford a chance to pre-order for click & collect in advance.”
Before lockdown measures came into place across the UK, The Coconut Tree was shortlisted for a clutch of regional awards, including Best Restaurant (Bristol Life Awards and Cardiff Life Awards) and Best New Business (Cardiff Life Awards); postponed until further notice.
The brand’s Bristol Triangle and Bournemouth premises remain closed for the time being. To view the up-to-date opening hours and delivery details for each location, please visit: https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/.
The menu at The Coconut Tree is made up of smaller tapas-style dishes cooked fresh to order, making them perfect for a take-away.
Dishes include ‘Hot Battered Spicy Cuttlefish’; green peas and ‘Cashew Nuts’ soaked and cooked in coconut cream; and ‘Cheesy Colombo’ – cheese cubes fried and mixed Colombo style. ‘Jaffna Goat Curry with potato’ is also a firm favourite, as is the ‘Black Pork’ which consists of diced pork belly cooked in 30 roasted spices. Finally, ‘Kotthu’ is a fine example of a street food served all over the country – made with finely chopped rotti and cooked with egg, vegetables and / or meat.
As part of the new service, The Coconut Tree will also be offering a range of vegan handmade ice creams for home delivery. The desserts, made by Dolcetti – a family-run business in Cirencester – will be available to order in 500ml tubs in three flavours: Coconut Cream, Mango Sorbet and Vegan Stracciatella.
In 2019, eminent food critic Jay Rayner visited the Cheltenham restaurant; he described a “raucous, rough-edged enthusiasm to the food” which manages “that rare trick of being totally laid-back and completely on point at the same time.”
To view the full TCT takeaway menu, visit: www.thecoconut-tree.com/take-away-menu.