A typical banana leaf meal consists of white rice served on a yele sapede (banana leaf) with an assortment of three vegetables, pickles, a selection of curry dishes such as meen kari (fish curry), koli kari (chicken curry), dhal (boiled lentils) and papadum (Indian crackers). Accompanying dishes for the banana leaf rice include lamb, fish, chicken and beef dishes; the chicken masala and deep-fried squid is especially good here.
It will usually be crowded no matter what time it is, so waiting for a table is norm. There’s a reason why it’s crowded more often than not and that’s because the food is good!
The best way to enjoy your banana leaf rice is to dispense with any form of utensils and dig in using just your hands. Use only your right hand as the left hand is considered to be unclean and reserved only for bathroom activities. Sometimes I don’t understand why some people still insist on using fork and spoon.
Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju
43, Jalan Telawi 3,
59100 Kuala Lumpur,
The Ganga Cafe located at hidden area of Bangsar surrounded by terrace housing area serve aromatic and tasty Indian food. This is a sensational Gujarati eatery and if you are vegetarian, this place is suitable for you as they have plenty of food options. They even have exotic sound menu such as ayurvedic chapatti, chana bhatura, vada pav and upma.
Ganga Standard Thali set
The cheese and garlic naan
Coin-sized millet chapatti – greaseless but very aromatic & tasty. Smallest I have ever seen so far.
Vada Pav: A potato patty served on a bun with ghee and a spicy flour of chili and coconut. Very similar to a burger, but sans the meat. This was unique and had more of a kick from the spices. Totally love this one.
The best selling drink: The Pranic juice is great and refreshing. It’s a some sort of vegetables and herbs drink which is made of fresh mint, coriander, ginger, lime, pepper, black salt, honey and cumin.
The dining area can only cater a handful of customers so come early before the lunch or dinner crowd arrives. Parking your car can be a problem too.
The Ganga Cafe
19, Lorong Kurau,
Taman Bukit Pantai,
59100 Kuala Lumpur,
Bangsar’s most treasured Indian restaurant is built on the foundation of rich curries and generously spicy condiments. The restaurant’s daytime banana leaf section is tucked away upstairs, the banana leaf range is an impressive one – opt for the creamy, dreamy Kerala fish curry but be wary of the chilli-laced mutton masala. The curry laced fried bitter gourd is free flow. This isn’t the cheapest banana leaf meal in town but air-conditioned Bangsar corners come with a price.
The tables here are communal, so you’ll most probably be sitting next to a stranger during your meal during peak lunch hour.
14, Jalan Telawi 4,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Popular choices include pork ball noodles, curry laksa, mee jawa, wan tan mee, hokkien prawn mee and teo chew fish noodles. I will always order the curry chee cheong fun from the curry laksa stall. Never fail to impress me all the time. Simple food great taste!
Restaurant Sun Huat Kee
26, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,