Sunday, May 4, 2008

Banana Leaf Curry House

Level 2, Podium Mall
18 ADB Ave.
Ortigas Center


Date of Visit: March 18, 2008

Ever wonder how they got their name?

On their menu is a mix of Malaysian, Indian, Thai and Singaporean dishes with curry as its house specialty. They have numerous versions of curry dishes, along with a cornucopia of spicy, tangy and flavorful Asian dishes - all superb in taste! Food is served on banana leaves. And you will also eat from a banana leaf laid out on the table.

For starters, roti canai (a softer and thinner version of pita bread) is a good choice. This is dipped into their hot and spicy curry sauce. Ooh, luv it!

For your main meal, you can try any of these chicken dishes: Tandoori chicken (crispy fried chicken basted with a sweet fruit sauce served with a fresh vegetable and mango salad on the side) or Hainanese chicken or their pandan chicken (deep-fried marinated chicken breast in pandan leaves served with either a soy sauce or sweet-chili sauce) or their chicken satay (grilled chicken served on sticks and with a peanut-flavor sauce.)

They also serve delicious seafood dishes like Singaporean mussels, chili crabs, deep-fried squid served with a spicy-garlic sauce. Beef and pork dishes are not that plentiful. If you want to be healthy, you can try the stir-fry Chinese kangkong or stir-fried udon (Japanese noodle with mix vegetables).

For desserts, you will not be disappointed because there are just plenty to choose from: sticky rice, Chinese turnip cake (good!), banana fritter, sweet sago soup (tastes rather bland), sago pudding (I like this, too!), pandanus pancake, among others.

What surprises me is that their servings per order are rather small but we always leave the place so stuffed. I guess the rich flavor of all their dishes has a lot to do with that. So, that’s their secret!

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