What is Banana Leaf Rice? Basically, it’s rice served on a huge banana leaf, along with dishes of Indian origin. From a host of curries to fried chicken and fish, all banana leaf rice restaurants serve so many dishes you can have with your rice that you’ll always be spoilt for choice!
We went around town trying out some famous banana leaf rice places to review just for you.
|No.29 Jalan 17/45, 46400 Petaling Jaya. Sel||Daily, 7:00 am–10:00 pm|
The restaurant itself occupies two shop lots, and also a cosy, cooling open-air area outside, shaded by trees.
They used to serve the rice on real banana leaves, but have substituted to fake plastic disposable leaves lately.
Rice with papadom, fried chicken, cucumbers, beans, and veggies.
Waiters go around the restaurant carrying trays of dishes for you to choose from—here, you have a selection of curries and rending.
Every table is equipped with three types of curry (chicken, fish, crab) to “drown” your rice in.
I’m not very sure if the lack of banana leaves had altered the taste of the rice and dishes, but Kanna generally serves very consistently good food. The service is also very fast and efficient, which is a definite plus point in my books! One of the downsides to Kanna is their pretty exorbitant prices. Not sure if many people would be okay with paying RM15+ for a simple Indian meal, seated outside or in the stuffy, noisy interior.
|Address||Operating Hours||More info|
|No 58, Jalan SS3/31, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor||Daily: 7am – 10pm||Kashmir Cafe|
Looks good, doesn’t it? And it’s served on a real banana leaf, too! The best part about Kashmir is that none of the dishes are mass produced like the other bigger restaurants that have many times more customers than here.
Rice served with papadom, lady’s fingers, and a host of other veggies and curries. Kashmir is definitely a must-try in my books! It’s not noisy and stuffy like other banana leaf rice restaurants, which is always awesome in this tropical weather.
|39, Jalan 11/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya.||8am to 11.00pm|
Sri Paandi is another famous banana leaf rice restaurant—the setting is pretty similar to Kanna Curry House, and indeed, the food tastes almost the same, too. The most important point worth noting is that the prices here are very reasonable compared to other places.
Once again, three varieties of curries.
4: Raju’s @ La Salle
Located right by the La Salle secondary school, Raju’s has been around for many years. Frequented by students and office people alike, they’re never short of customers.
|27 Jalan Chantek 5/13, Off Jalan Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya ||Open daily, 6.30am-10pm|
Interior of the restaurant. It’s very small, so most patrons sit outside, under umbrellas and shaded by tall trees.
Raju’s must be one of the most well-known banana leaf restaurants around, and for good reason—the food here is excellent! Their fried stuff is always cooked fresh, so you don’t get cold fried chicken or fish.
Once again, one of the down sides is that the prices have increased exponentially because of their popularity. But then again, to some of us at least, good food is worth paying for!
Do drop us some comments or opinions of your own below!