Lunch at Banana Leaf Tropical Cuisine

K (mspowerbomb), S (bear hungry), M (foodstyleaholic) and I met up for lunch again, and this time we chose Banana Leaf, a new restaurant that serves an assortment of Asian dishes.  As we all love Tropical Delight, the one and only Malaysian restaurant in the city we were eager to try the laksa here.  This restaurant is tiny, and extremely busy.  There is a steady flow of diners during the lunch rush and quite a few takeout orders too.  Kudos to K for making reservations!

Here’s what we tried today:

BL - Soy Milk with Grass Jelly

Soy Milk with Grass Jelly – $3.50

I forgot to ask if the soy milk was made in house, but I really liked this! Sweetened soy milk with a generous amount of grass jelly cubes, it was a nice and refreshing accompaniment to some of the spicy foods we were eating.

BL - Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Crispy Chicken Nuggets – $7.95

These were lightly fried and very crispy, but I feel that it is lacking something in the seasoning department.  It’s not that they weren’t seasoned, but it just tasted a bit bare.  I can’t help to compare the one I had at Lazy Monkey which is much more flavorful.

BL - Curry Beef Briske Laksa

Curry Beef Brisket Laksa with Yellow Noodles – $9.50

One of the items that K and I shared.  You have a choice between yellow noodles or vermicelli.  You get a few chunks of beef brisket and tofu puffs as toppings.  We found that while the soup was spicy, the flavors wasn’t too prominent.  I also didn’t taste much coconut milk in there.

BL - Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken

Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken – $10.50

The other item that K and I shared.  This was quite spicy! You get a very generous portion of rice, two large pieces of chicken – plus a various of side items and a pan-fried egg.  This can be easily shared between two not-so-hungry people.

BL - Satay Chicken on Rice

Satay Chicken and Peanut Sauce on Rice – $10.50

We ordered this for the kiddies and although the server said this wasn’t spicy at all, we certainly tasted a bit of heat in it.  The satay or peanut sauce wasn’t what we were used to, rather, the mixture seems to contain a lot of ginger and other herbs.  The kiddies did enjoy it but of course didn’t finish it – maybe 2/5 of it.

BL - Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice – $10.50

This was S’s choice.  We all tried a bit and while the chicken was flavorful, I thought the rice needed more chicken oil to it.  Again, a very generous portion.

Overall I thought the food was decent but could be more flavorful.  Prices are fair for the huge portions they serve you, and I do like the fact that their menu has a huge variety of offerings.  Service was ok – our server gave adequate attention to us but the owner slightly rubbed me the wrong way when I went to pay.  The four of us split the bill and went up one at a time to go up and pay.  After M and I paid for our portions, he said something like… and the rest of the bill? We said yes, the others will come and pay.  They’re still at the table! Like seriously, don’t worry, we’re not going to run off on a $90 bill that we already paid more than half of.

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