Visited with my other half on a Saturday night at the start of July. Given it was a summer evening, and the weekend, the restaurant was reasonably quiet. We were seated at the window and the staff were very attentive from the outset.
We were disappointed to find there were no draught beers and only commercial bottled lagers but there was a decent range of spirits and wines so we were fine for drinks.
We eventually decided what to order but we would have happily ordered everything they had on the menu. Everything sounded delicious. I settled for the chicken satay starter and my partner had the crispy salt and chilli squid. We also ordered the Achar Salad (we do live our pickled veg).
The starters were faultless and generous but I would especially recommend the salad. Crisp and not too sweet or overpowering it was everything I hoped it would be and a perfect palate cleanser between courses.
For main course I opted for the fried vermicelli noodles with barbecue glazed pork and shrimps. This was a dry fried dish with generous amounts of meat and shrimp. It had chilli through it too but not too much, so it had a kick but didn't leave me gasping for breath. I really enjoyed it and would be happy to order it again. My partners dish was, however, the star of the show. He ordered the curry laksa and nearly passed out when it arrived at the table. It was huge and he didn't believe he could finish it. It was topped with wontons, tofu puffs and barbecue glazed pork. It was listed as a spicy dish but we didn't find the broth to be too hot. The heat came from the plentiful chopped fresh chillis which could no doubt be left out at the diner's request. Neither of us had tasted a laksa with quite so much depth as this before and it turned out that he didn't have too much trouble finishing it. I have to admit that I did help though (mainly because I couldn't keep away from it. It was truly delicious.)
After a rest we decided to go the whole hog and have dessert too. It was nice to see traditional desserts and not some standard bought in ice cream or gateaux that seem to be the mainstay of desserts in Indian and Asian restaurants. I had the banana fritters and Ian had a pandan pancake. The fritters were miles away from the dish served by Chinese takeaways up and down the country. A full banana, halved and coated in a light crispy batter with just a drizzle of the sweet syrup. It was served with vanilla ice cream. Perfect. Ian's pancake (which was green)was folded over and was filled with a set custard. It had an unusual but incredibly moreish flavour. This, again, was served with ice cream.
I cannot fault the food we had at Banana Leaf and will certainly be back for more. It was unfortunate that the restaurant was not busier and therefore more atmospheric but this is a very small concern on what was otherwise a great meal. Cannot wait to go back for more.
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