Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine - Award winning Malaysian Restaurant located in Vancouver. We offer Authentic food from the Crossroad of Asia - Cuisines from Chinese to East indian, Thai to Singapore and Indonesian.
We had dinner at Banana Leaf many years ago and were very disappointed so we had not been back for quite awhile. The restaurant that we were going to go to one evening was closed so we decided to give Banana Leaf another try.
We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, service was also very good and prices were reasonable for the quality.
We would return.
Stopped by the Kits location after checking out this year's Greek Festival. This location is larger than their original shop near Oak Street. Food was tasty and service friendly and prompt. The decor is very nice and I love how the kits location has huge booths for large parties. A great place to bring family and friends. The food, while delicious, the portions were quite small for the value. At the end of the day for six people, I felt we could have gotten a lot more. Oh, and automatically charging us 15% on top was not the coolest, but at least they had my favorite mango sticky rice dessert! Love it when Mangoes are in season! =)
Food: went there with a group of 10 and tried a variety of dishes, all of which were really quite good. The mussels and fried noodle stood out to me and the deep fried banana at the end was a nice touch to the meal. Also had a triple berry slush that was really quite tasty. Food was not as greasy as I've had at other Malaysian and Thai places so it was a nice change.
Service: we were constantly hurried since there was a group arriving at 8 and although I can see that they had to accommodate this other group, I didn't appreciate having to be rushed when we are all paying customers. If they had a tight schedule, then they shouldn't have overbooked the restaurant. A server also kept giving us dishes that we didn't order because she was confusing us for the table next to us. When we weren't being rushed, it was quite delightful.
Value: each us forked out 23.50 including tax and tip which isn't bad.
Ambiance: clean and had a tropical but dark aura about it so it was quite nice.
Overall, I would probably return again since the food was quite good and the ambiance was great. The only thing that would deter me is the parking situation - difficult to find on a Friday night and we circled the block many times over.
Like the LBD, you can dress it up, dress it down, it seems like Banana Leaf is good for almost any occasion. It's probably our most reliable favorite, a great place to take out of town guests and go for a regular night out with your family as well. At roughly 12 - 20 dollars an entree, it's a fantastic value as well, especially in the Kits zone of overpriced fare. Our favorites? roti canai, the rendang beef, the lamb dish, sambal green beans, Tofu in Assam sauce, and sayur Lemak.
I haven't been to the Banana Leaf in Kitsilano in a while, but we were shopping out that way this weekend and decided it would hit the spot. It did!
The brightly decorated restaurant is about three years old. It used to be a "gentlemans" club complete with cigar room and such. Now, it is brightly and neatly furnished with traditional screens, kites, and masks.
We were warmly greeted at the door by a host and seated promptly, and upon inquiry, found that we had about half an hour to order off the lunch menu. We were extremely pleased to discover this, and ordered a beef rendeng and char kuey teow. Although the dishes were extremely hot, they arrived quickly, which made me think that it was premade. The food was however, extremely delicious and we finished it all up.
We enjoyed it so much so, that we immediately ordered a mee goreng, and finished that too.
All three waiters that helped us were polite and helpful. We enjoyed our meal a lot; our only regret was that we did not notice or order the 7 course tasting menu which was great value at $25 per person!
Banana Leaf has always been a favourite restaurant of mine over other chain Malaysian / Singaporean restaurants in the Vancouver area. I hope to visit soon for another reliably great meal!
A friend and I both ordered the Singaporean Laksa for lunch on the weekend. For $7 you get an aromatic coconut curry gravy over vermicelli noodles, prawns, chicken, bean sprouts, fried fish cake, fried onions, and a sliver of cilantro. I've tried other places but their Laksa wasn't as authentic tasting as Banana Leaf's. Definitely would recommend their lunch specials - terrific value in the $7-9 price range!
No big complaints.
Food was delish. Good portions, we didn't go hungry. The chicken curry wasn't fabu... it seemed to have been made when we ordered it as opposed to simmering for hours like their beef curry did.
I personally think it's waaaaayyyy overpriced for the food ingredients and level of skill they present. I don't mind $3 for the roti canai and curry, but I feel nickeled and dimed to death by this place. ($1.25 for skewers of meat, min. 6 per order?)
The Banana Leaf, like Tropika (and the Stone Grill, and Samba...), is yet another example of Hong Kong owners providing Hong Kong style service by... well, Hong Kong staff. And again, not that there's anything wrong with that in theory, but you get treated they way customers get treated in Hong Kong. I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that. (Though the Banana Leaf provides noticeably better service than Tropika.)
I would go again I guess, but only if someone else pays.
ive been to several of the banana leaf chains and i only go because there arent too many malaysian restaurants around and i want that fix.
overall, the food is nice.. of course it tastes nothing like how it would if you were in singapore or malaysian but they do a great job of matching the style and flavours to its country of origin.
service is better than you would expect in most oriental restaurants, the servers are better mannered and friendlier to their customers.
the prices are around $10-20 which is not expensive (and it should never be with any restaurant that serves this genre of food) but there are cheaper places, just have to find them because they are usually tucked away. the proportions are decent sized so you are pretty full after 2 or 3 main dishes (depending on how many you dine with).
the restaurants are well lit and decorated with cultural items which is pleasant and nice to look at when you are sitting down and eating.
i personally have had much better tasting food in the same category but i still would recommend this for people who havent tried this type of food to give it a chance because if you like it, you'll be back often.
went for a quick lunch at the new kits banana leaf.....not a lot of people were here, so we thought the service would be a bit better, but service was slow and disappointing. our server didn't come around much, so the server who was counting the money filled our drinks. service is very unprofessional.
we ordered a roti and 2 curry combos for each of us. i had the chicken curry, sayur lamak with coconut rice, and my friend got the wild prawn with papaya and hainanese rice. the curry was both delicious, and coconut rice was the best! i'd definitely recommend it, if you like the aroma of coconut and creaminess.
we thought the roti was going to arrive before the curry dishes, but apparently the chefs forgot and didn't make the roti a while after we finished our plates. i forgive their mistake, because the roti was very warm and not too greasy at all!
the place was much cleaner looking compared to the other banana leafs, and the cultural feel was still there. i'd go back, but its the same as the other banana leaf restaurants...just nicer looking...however the service is worse than the other locations.
I was here on a busy Saturday with a group of people. Food was pretty good, always order the pineapple rice. Location and ambience was pretty good - at least its not in downtown. Service was okay. Is it normal for them to automatically add a 15% gratuity?
This location was a definite surprise. Street parking is abundant. Food is hot and tasty. Service is down to earth and efficient. Between the 3 of us, we ordered the sample appetizer, fish, eggplant, rice and deep fried battered banana. It was enough to feel satisfied. The total bill including tax came to $66. Not bad. A definite recommendation.
Went for dinner with a friend to the Davie location. The music was too loud for a restaurant at 6 pm, but this seems to be common in Davie venues. Ordered roti canai to share, papaya soup, chicken with chilies and peanuts and the seafood laksa. Everything was just ok. I have had similar dishes before in SE Asia and in the US and the flavours here were rather dull and muted in comparison. It is a shame because I have seen most of the required ingredients readily available in stores around town, so I guess this is an adaptation to the local tastes, just an inoffensive and mediocre version of the real thing. Somewhat expensive too, given the portions size. More Vancouver hype.
Server was excellent! Very polite and willing to help with recommendations. Attentive despite how busy the place was. Food was fantastic - really flavourful. Good quantity, great quality. Sambal green beans will be my eternal favorite.
Despite the nice ambiance created with good mood light from the fabric on the ceilings and the warm paint palette, I have to judge a restaurant by its food too.
The satays were overly saturated with baking soda and we couldn't even taste which was beef or pork because the beef had no meat taste left. In fact, the beef was sour, like it's gone bad. Sure the waiter took it off our bill because we didn't even want the kitchen to remake it, but no apology or explanation.
The spicy papaya soup tasted like diluted soup-water and definitely not worth $15 for the old stale seafood. The bone-in chicken in red curry has not-so-fresh chicken, probably frozen from tasting the flaky meat. This meal is one of the worst and quite frankly, a rip-off for what tasted like cafeteria food.
Worst part, I submitted my comments through their website and haven't gotten a response. It's been a month.
Having read the previous reviews, it appears that the Banana Leaf may not be the most consistent of places, however I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my recent experience there. Friends and I just shared a few appetizers, of which the spring rolls were delicious, and I may have over indulged on their blended lychee mojito and mai tai's. The service was attentive and the food was hot and tasty. I'll definitely be back!
The Kitsilano Banana Leaf is a superb mix of friendly staff, attentive service and great food. Having frequented the establishment for some time now, I can only praise the restaurant for their diligent and hard-working approach that creates a dining experience that leaves one with a smile on their face and a pleasantly plump belly. From a variety of great portions and appetizers equally as wonderful, the Banana Leaf is a sure hit for the wanton diner. Simply outstanding.
There are so many incredible dishes it is hard to choose. Even my teenage kids love going here. Everything is very tasty and the service is good. I love the naan, and teh papaya salad. As well it is worth leaving some room for the fried bananas with ice-cream. Only drawback is that it is popular so you often have to wait for a table.
Have been to all locations of Banana Leaf on numerous occasions. The food is always consistently great, great flavor, great texture and good service! We most recently visited this West Broadway location and ordered the sambal green beans, rendang beef, megorang noodles, pineapple rice and sweet and sour pork chops and were not disappointed. Everything was fabulous and servings were a good size. Would highly recommend this restaurant for your malaysian fix!
My boyfriend and I stopped into the Banana Leaf last night for dinner and it was fantastic! We had the 7 course tasting menu (which costs $25) and it is SO worth it. You get salad, spring rolls, roti, chicken satay, lamb curry, seafood curry, green beans, and dessert! Tasting menus usually serve miniscule portions but Banana Leaf served sizable portions that left us VERY content after dinner. The service left something to be desired but the great food and value made everything ok.
I would definitely recommend it!
I have been keep eating in this restaurant for the past 2 1/2 years. And keep sending all my friends and family to this restaurant.
They all happy about them. I never have a bad server over there.
Good food, good service and really good people there.
One time I forgot my book there. Two weeks later when I come back, they were using a plastic bag to pack it well for me, they were saying because that's a new book so they pack it well for me.
Thank You!! Banana Leaf!