Although we have now been out for a meal post-lockdown, Ed and I hadn’t yet been out along for a proper date night, so it was lovely to be invited along to The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth, following their reopening, to enjoy cocktails and dinner just the two of us.
The Coconut Tree is situated a little way up from Bournemouth’s town centre, on Old Christchurch Road. I had visited once before, with some of the Bournemouth Bloggers, so I knew the food was good, but it was Ed’s first visit. The restaurant was adhering to social distancing guidelines, with a hand sanitising station at the entrance and all staff wearing face masks – it all felt very safe during our visit.
We were shown the cocktail menu -they have a selection of alcohol free and low alcohol options, if you are driving or don’t drink for any other reason which is great. I had their take on the Pornstar Martini (the Fallen Porn Star, with alcohol added), which was delicious, whilst Ed had the Sriki Tiki, which came served to the table flaming!
Our waiter was brilliant at explaining the menu and style of eating at The Coconut Tree, suggesting dishes we might like and giving us advice on how many to order per person and which dishes went well with each other. We decided to share the majority of our food, and went for a curry dish each, with a Sri-Lankan Mixed Rice to share and a selection of other dishes as sides – SRI-Tato, Black Pork and two portions of Cheesy Columbo (which I remember being amazing from my last visit).
The food was served soon after we finished our drinks and it all looked incredible (I won’t lie, I was in my element taking photos of food again). We got stuck in and demolished nearly everything on the table (we didn’t need two portions of the cheese, but it was just as good as I remembered it).
We were both way too full to even consider dessert, but Ed did have one last drink, the Innocent Sour, which was alcohol free as he was the designated driver for the evening.
We had a lovely time at The Coconut Tree, and would highly recommend a visit, whether you are a big fan of the Sri-Lanken cuisine, or are looking to try it for the first time. The food is just as tasty as it looks and the staff are so welcoming, friendly and knowledgable – you will not be disappointed!
The Coconut Tree are taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which gives you a discount of 50% off food and soft drinks Monday – Wednesday during August, but have extended the offer to also include alcohol – what a bargain! Booking, which can be done via their website, is advisable.
We were invited to The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth for a complimentary dinner and cocktails, however all words and images are my own.