Banana leaf rice is a type of Indian rice dish served on top of a banana leaf. Thus, it’s different from the popular yet strikingly similar-looking nasi kandar of which rice is served on the plate. Even the menu of dishes is not really distinguishable from each other at times.
The unique manner of serving the rice is traditional to the southern Indian region. The concept behind the eating way is to serve all food on top of a huge banana leaf.
In Kuala Lumpur, we have a few well-known banana leaf rice restaurants. For those of you who want to try out this unique dish, below is the list of restaurants. Their loyal customers comes from every race and walk of life.
1. SRI NIRWANA MAJU, BANGSAR
Many of the customers here praise the delicious food, especially the fried bitter gourd. It is a must-order dish when you eat here.
Address: 51, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 10.00 am – 1.30 am (daily)
2. AUNTY MANJU’S BANANA LEAF RESTAURANT
For those who yearn to eat beef bone marrow, this restaurant is perfect. There is also more option to choose to complement your unique Indian food.
Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 7.00 am – 12.00 am (daily)
3. FATHIMA BANANA LEAF
Mostly serving vegetarian food, there’s still the tandoori chicken with cheese naan for you who’re meat lovers. Other than that, you can also order the mutton biryani rice for an extraordinary indulgence.
Address: 10, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, Taman Bangsar 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 6.00 am to 10.00 pm (daily)
4. MACHA & CO
Next on the list is Macha & Co which owns several branches around Kuala Lumpur. You can find their branches at famous spots such as The Curve (Damansara), Empire Shopping Gallery (Subang Jaya) and Kota Damansara.
Address: Kota Damansara, The Curve, One Utama, Empire Shopping Gallery
Operating Hours: 8.00 am – 10.00pm (daily)
5. DEVI’S CORNER BANGSAR
After that, you can head to one of the best banana leaf rice restaurants in Bangsar area. Many customers praise the food on the menu such as hot food and fried stuff.
Adress: 14, Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 24/7
6. KANNA CURRY HOUSE
Then we have this Indian banana leaf rice restaurant often packed with customers. Usually, this phenomenon can be observed during lunch time. One thing to note though is that the price might be a tad higher than the others on the list.
Address: 29, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Operating Hours: 7.00 am – 10.00 pm (daily)
7. RAVI’S BANANA LEAF
Further down the list, we have this restaurant offering plenty of interesting food to be chosen from such as varuval, peratel and dates-based food. Moreover, the price is also said to be a tad higher. Therefore, always check your menu before you order.
Address: 76, Jalan PJU 5/21, Kota Damansara 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Operating Hours: 8.00 am – 11.00pm (daily)
Lastly, what are you waiting for? Hurry and go now when you’re craving for a good old steaming set of banana leaf rice!
Original Article by Liani Aziz.