A Malaysian restaurant on Broadway Street.
I took my colleague there last Saturday night. We ordered the Okra, green beans, eggplant, and prawns with the samba sauce. It was what my palate was craving for. The other dish we ordered was the jumbo scallops with surprisingly, the same vegetables as the other dish, done in a curry coconut sauce (and plenty of it). This dish was not as tasty as the other dish, but the scallops were about a loonie size and cooked to the right firmness.
This restaurant is always busy, even when we went there at 9:15 pm, but the waiters and waitresses are very efficient and responsive. The value is not bad. The vegetable dish was $12 and the scallop was $20 and we had left overs to take home.
The restaurant is decorated with singapore and malaysian artifacts. The walls are painted with nice colours that would stir up your appetite. I must have come here more than 30 times and I have always had wonderful experiences here. I can't wait to go back.
First time here...and it's absolutely DELICIOUS. The Kung Pow chicken and the green beans are to die for....I've never had food so good and will be going back!
Although, for a diet coke, chicken and greenbeans, it was $ 31.00. Kind of expensive.....but for chicken like that....mmmm...
The waitress was friendly, but had a slight rude streak to her. We asked her if we could have the bills separated, and she came back with a look and "I'll try". She did end up separating them, but the comment wasn't called for. Other than that, it's GREAT!
I went on a... Tuesday night (?) after work one day and it wasn't that busy. The restaurant wan't empty... but the servers definitely weren't scurrying and had the time to make recommendations and explain some of the menu items.
The restaurant itself looks small from the outside but is a bit bigger once you walk inside. And speaking of walking inside... the minute you open the door, you are greeted with the most incedible smell of spices and simmering sauces wafting here and there.
ANYWAYS, I think they specialize in seafood, since the seafood portion of the menu is especially large. You can choose a seafood item and then a sauce to accompany it. This is where the waiter came in handy since I had no idea what some of the sauces were. We ended up with firey chili tomato jumbo prawns which was indeed finger licking good. The sambal green beans and lamb curry were both so full of flavour and so addictive. We ordered extra rice just so we could eat up the sauce at the bottom of the plate :)
Price-wise... yes a bit expensive for everyday dining. But I definitely will be back when I get the chance.
This place is one of my faves. The food is incredibly delicious and reasonably priced. The service is always great. We always try to head out here for staff birthday lunches when we can. Try the lunch sampler, it's divine!! The ambiance of the restuarant is nice too, very malaysian folksy.. it's cute.
What can I say about my favorite restaurant? Malaysian food is truly one of the greatest in the world as it draws from the cuisines of India, China and indigenous (Malaysia of course). What results is a taste which I cannot put words to, but the Banana Leaf sure delivers with excellence. Every time I have visited, it is an experience to be remembered and have no reservations in inviting first timmers. Check it out!
I think this place is fairly good for the quality but too pricey. I prefer cheaper eats and they seem to overprice their dishes. If this were downtown, I'd be OK with it but not on Broadway...
Hands down the best Malaysian food I have tried. I have yet to order something on the menu that didn't taste phenomenal. Come with an empty stomach because you'll leave stuffed. The food is NOT overly greasy which is so refreshing. The servers are nice and they know the menu and have great recommendations. They're attentive and seem like a cohesive team! You should book a reservation in advance and arrive early. It gets really busy during prime hours. I had a reservation for 7 last time I came here and I still had to wait 30 minutes or so before they can clear a table. The food arrived quickly after we ordered. Oh! And they also serve a yummy deep fried Banana split. I don't think it's on the menu but you can ask the server if they have it. The price is reasonable for what you're getting. There is a lot of seafood on the menu so be aware if you're allergic.
Dinner at Banana Leaf is always a good time . I haven't tried any of there other locations but I will soon in the future. Keep up the good work Banana Leaf!
My family members from Malaysia came and visited last week. After eating days of western foods, I was hoping to bring my family to try Canadian-made Malaysian food. In the mean time, my friend recommended Banana Leaf. I made a reservation on Friday 6pm. When my group of six arrived, the waitress gave us a big smile and guided us to our table. We ordered the a lot and the most memorable dishes are the Singapore crab, the beef curry and sambal green bean. The Singapore crab just tasted too good to be true, even my daughters were licking their fingers! My wife said the sambal green bean was her favorite because it was sooooo crunchy. But, I liked beef curry the most. The curry just tasted like the curry I had in Malaysia. The food and service was great that I would recommend all my friends to give it a try.
Made a reservation for 8pm, and were seated at 8:40pm.
When we arrived at 7:55 the hostess said it would be 5-10 minutes, and it especially bothers me because there is no way she could have believed what she was saying to us to be even remotely true. I'd rather she admit their overbooking, and say its going to be a long time and simply apologize and then we could have the option to go somewhere else rather than wait hoping to be seated in a reasonable time.
If we had received even the tiniest indication from either the hostess or the waiter of a genuine apology - some evidence of comprehension of how outrageous it is to make a customer wait 40 minutes for a reservation - then I would not be writing this.
The hostess acted in the most plastic, disingenuous way you can imagine, completely lacking concern. The waiter seemed irritated that we would even complain.
I sense they are far too busy to care about customers such as my party at any rate. We will never return.
I went here about 4 days ago and I was quite impressed. I had never really had Malaysian food before and we ordered the mussels, flavoured rice, curry chicken, sambal green beans, and skewers...
Everything was excellent. The curry chicken could've been better, but it wasn't bad. I was left with a very satisfied feeling and I was feeling exceptionally generous at tipping time. I definitely left the place with the feeling that I'd be back.
Also, the waitress that served us was HOT! I looked at my bill and I think her name is Ria T. :)
i celebrated my birthday here and it was my 5th time. i really love the flavours. my favorite dish would be the lobster in the shrimp paste sauce. yummmmmmyyy! i can probably eat the 3lbs lobster myself its so good! although, the decor is not too much to impress,tropical yet too 90's. service is one thing i think they need to work on. i feel like they were hurrying us to go for the next customers. it was hard for us to enjoy when it feels like they kept rushing us out.
and it'll be nicer if they smiled more! but i'll be back for that lobster. i'll just order take out next time maybe.
BL is my top favorite restaurant to go to for dinner. I've celebrated my birthday and Valentine's day, and I go here about 2 times a month. The food is excellent with a great variety and I never had any dissatisfaction with it (I highly recommend laksa, sambal green bean, meegoreng, and roti canai)! Ambiance is better than before since they have renovated it a few months ago which has a bigger seating area and bar view. Service is great too. Apart from that, I'd love to increase my number of visits but parking is just a hassle. They only have like 5 tight spots at the back and considering its broadway, most of the parking spots around are paid parking. The closest free parking spots are around 4 blocks towards north. It would be nice if they increase the number of back parkings! Other than that, BL is a place u must visit!
A large group of us went here and ordered their "Big Lunch Sampler." It was DELICIOUS! Each dish was distinct in flavour with both subtle and bold flavours and equally yummy. The servers are also very friendly and attentive. This is now a definite favorite of mine. I would recommend this restaurant (and malaysian food in general) to anyone who like asian food.
After having driven by myriad times in my life, why have I not tried this restaurant before? It's fabulous.
My boyfriend and I got the 7 course tasting menu for two for $25/person. Wonderful! There was also an option to add 2 oz wine pairings for each course, which adds on another $25/person (which we didn't do).
We'll be going back!
Food - We started with the veggie spring rolls which were pretty good. The sauce that came with them was incredibly spicy which we weren't warned about. I was fine with the spice and thought it really kicked up the flavour of the spring roll but it sent my friend into a violent coughing fit. They might want to mention that on the menu (if they do and I just didn't see it, I take it back!). Three of us split the Rendang Beef, the Mee Goreng and a side of rice. The Rendang was also really spicy but the meat was incredibly tender. I suggest having some sort of bread or rice with this, as it does come with quite a lot of sauce. The Mee Goreng was quite nice, but could have done with some more shrimp (I think there were about three shrimp in it). For dessert the three of us split the fried banana...Oh. My. Gosh. I'd go back just for that banana. I don't even like bananas that much in general but it was to die for. The three of us were completely full after sharing this meal; the portion sizes were good value.
Service: I was the first to arrive out of my party and I had to wait five minutes before someone asked if I had been helped. However once we were sat our water glasses were filled continuously and multiple waiters offered us assistance. But..okay, this is going to sound bad...But I could not understand what they were saying for the life of me. They talked very fast and had very heavy accents (my two friends, both of different Asian decents, couldn't understand them either) but despite this communication barrier we got everything we asked for and the service was very friendly.
Value: The portions were very generous which is a nice change in comparison to the stingy places you usually find in Vancity.
Ambiance: Very interesting Malaysian decor, a lot to look at and overwhelming in some parts but created a unique atmosphere.
Overall I'd probably go back again now that I've seen the menu and some of the other dishes up close. And that fried banana.... Mmmmm
Two words are enough to sum up my impression of this place, poor quality. My visit to Banana Leaf was a total disappointment.
The food was bland regardless of asking for extra spicy, the ice katchan was more or a warm soup than a cold dessert. Service was subpar and seemed insincere at times.
I had heard great things about the place before heading there but I feel the quality and service must have headed south after the initial success of the place. The most sicken part is I had to wait for almost an hr for a table. This will be the first and last time I go to Banana Leaf. There are many better South East Asian Restuarants in Vancouver.
this place is a personal favorite... i eat here regularly and enjoy it (almost) every time. the only bad experience was some severely flavourless laksa, but other than that i always enjoy my food. if you read my review of pondok indonesia you will know i love indonesian food... and there are some crossover malay/indo dishes to be had at banana leaf for sure. being vegetarian i dont venture too far beyond the many veggie options at this place, but favorites of mine include: gado gado, papaya salad, tofu goreng, sayur lemak, coconut rice, various laksas and of course the malay/indo staples... nasi goreng and mie goreng.
the atmosphere at banana leaf is truly excellent, well decorated, dimly lit and filled with tropical plants. the servers/hostesses are in batik from head to toe and are always very kind and attentive. i've been to the banana leaf further east on broadway, but this one for me is the best as its newer, bigger and more comfortable. they have fresh coconut to drink, excellent asian beers as well as local lagers and ales, combined with a mix of various south east asian cuisines... its a wonderful restaurant to re-visit over and over again.
I was recently at the Banana Leaf for lunch with a friend and the great food just could not compensate for the terrible service. We did arrive a bit late for lunch - slightly after 2pm but aside from being told that we'd have to order all our courses at once- were given no indication that the lateness of the hour would be a problem. Our starters, drinks and main meal were all dumped on the table at the same time - leaving us with a mountain of food to manage. We'd only gotten about halfway through our salads when the waiter dropped off our bill. We hadn't even started our main courses before he began to pressure us to pay up. We had to defend our plates several times from being carried off by wait-staff frantic to kick us out. Twice, this was quite literally while still serving ourselves from the platter in question. Eventually we gave up and had the charmless waiter pack everything up to go. There are lots of restaurants in Vancouver serving tasty food. Why go back to a place where the staff treats you like you're an annoyance? Save your money and your self-respect!