Banana Leaf is a Malaysian restaurant on Denman.
but the first time I had my fave dish there - tiger prawns with mangos - I remember it coming with rice and garnishes. It was still good the second time, but when you value the gastronomic experience as much as I do, presentation does matter a little bit. They forgot to bring us the menues once after seating us, but the waiters were otherwise attentive. We've been satisfied with all the dishes that we've tried.
The same standard set by Banana Leaf on Broadway is not the same for the one on Denman. I could not believe how sucky this place was.
I ordered the Fried Kuay Teow and it came in a pitiful pile. The taste was so bad that I could not finish the plate off. Place is small and crap, the service is something to be desired.
I would avoid this place at all cost. There are so much better restaurants on Denman than this little pit hole.
I have been to the Denman location a few times and I must say the food is not consistent. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it not so good - the bane of every restaurant - consistency.
I had some really enjoyable meals before in this restaurant.
This time, it wasn't very good. I had the char kway teow this time and it was very oily and the squid was not fresh. The satay was decent but a little cold and dry. The laksa was ok but it is missing something (not as good as the Laksa I had in Singapore) and like the other reviewers, the seafood didn't taste fresh. I still enjoy the ambience though, low light, candles, nice soundtrack, good service (my wine had some cork in it and the manager came over and replaced my wine and there was no charge!) Now, that is what I call service. Will I be back - maybe. But make sure you make reservations. The place is tiny and can get filled up very quickly. The wait can be 30 mins to 45 mins. If there was another good Malaysia place I can go to without the wait, then I will go there. But they still need to get their food back up to win me as a loyal customer.
This place is a favorite of mine, love that it's comfortable and welcoming. The food is great, my favorites are the Laksa and the Eggplant, my friend and I just get cravings for them, a good size to share between two as well. Service is good, they are able to deal with Vegetarians very well too.
Id recommend it to anyone who wanted a nice meal without it costing a fortune.
I just moved to vancouver so I don't have a benchmark for malaysian food here, but I suspect this is one of the more disappointing manalysian meals I've had.
If the beef rendang is bland, it isn't a good sign in any malaysian place. The laksa was also bland and over populated with noodles, whilst being short on meat, veg and tofu.
I don`t think I`d go back but the dining room has a nice feel.
i promptly vomited after having the cod smothered in sauce. the actual amount of cod didn't equate the $20 price, and there was entirely too much sauce. the massive amount of sauce completely disguised what was underneath. i'd heard positive things about Banana Leaf, but i'm less and less impressed each time I go there. Nice atmosphere but the food is average. What a disappointment. I'm never going back again, especially after having vomited.
This place has the most amazing food. Everything I have ordered is excellent. The service is decent and most of the time above average, the employees are always nice and very polite. I like the Denman location the best but they are all nice and each one is decorated differently and have a different feel. My favorite dish is the lunch special of the Gado-Gado salad and the chicken satay but I would suggest going in a big group, ordering a lot and sharing everything to get the best experience of this amazing restaurant.
Thank you Thank you oh THANK YOU Banana Leaf On Denman! Thanks to this wonderful restaurant, I now have two new dishes gracing my table and filling my freezer.
My Vancouver Living Daughter extolled the delights of this restaurant to me and insisted on taking me to dinner. I had the Beef Rendang and fell in love. Back home to NY I searched the city and found a grocery store in Queens to make my purchases. Then home to google and new recipes brewing up in the kitchen. Rendang freezes quite nicely..and I treat myself with it for Monday work lunches often.
This weekend...we make Nyonya Chicken! I can't wait! I'll come back to the BL every time I'm in Vancouver!