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.
Server was very nice and patient. Great ambiance. The food was spectacular, perfect blend of tastes. The tasting menu for two is excellent, a very good introduction to Malaysian food. I especially love the roti. Best spring rolls I've ever had.
I don't understand the complaining about the prices! You get exactly what you pay for in this place, and it's definitely a good bang for your dollar. If you're willing to splurge, the lobster is worth every penny, especially on specials night! Bin 941 charges $12 for a half pound of teeny tiny shrunken mussels. Banana Leaf changes the same for a full pound of plump and succulent mussels (which, btw, is my absolute favorite dish ever). You do the math.
If you want McDonald's prices, then go to McDonald's. But if you want fabulous seafood that isn't going to set you back a million dollars, this place is it.
Thought I would try this place out for the first time since I drive by there often. Quite simply this place is way too expensive for what you get. The portions are small, expensive and one of the dishes I ordered was way too salty, so salty it made it difficult to eat. I would never try this place again, most of the people there looked like tourist, and thats a really bad sign.
We used to frequent the Denman location and were thrilled when this new location came to Kits. On average, we eat here once every 2-3 weeks. The manager is watchful, welcoming, and accommodating, and I'm surprised to read complaints about service because we have enjoyed quick, polite, and friendly service nearly every time since this location opened. I always order the roti and crave it if I can't come in for awhile. Prices at lunch are very reasonable - $5 for a double order of roti, $4 for four spring rolls, $7 for a tasty Nonya chicken curry with sayur lemak. The leaf-wrapped Hainanese rice, char kuey toew, sambal green beans, and kung pao chicken are a few of my favourites. As with most restaurants, not everything is wonderful, but Kits Banana Leaf offers many tasty dishes. It's clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated - of the three locations, I think this is the best.
This place is so much fun! The atmosphere is casual, upbeat, and festive- great place to go with a friend or group, though cheaper with a group. Any night it's busy and they warn a 30 min wait, but we've never waited longer than 10. Servers are friendly but not outstanding.
Yes, it's pricier than like, Hon's, but it's also a lot cleaner and with a better atmosphere- that's what you're paying for, and it's worth it. Cheap add-ons like the roti and meat skewers are delicious and good fillers. My favourite dishes so far are the beef curry, fried green beans with shrimp, and the sweet and sour sea scallops. For dessert, 2 friends and I shared the $3 deep fried banana, it was divine, and we were stuffed...seems like a good deal to me!
Overall, I definitely recommend this place if you've got a couple hours and $30 to spend- you will leave full and happy.
I went here with a large group, so we ordered quite a few different dishes (mostly appetizers) to satisfy our palettes' curiousities. Before I write about those though, it should be mentioned that reservations are a must here and this new location has wonderful decor and lighting.
Anyway, back to the food. Go here for the seafood.. My favorite dishes were a tofu plate and a noodle dish with squid&shrimp. I don't remember the names of the other plates, but everything was really good, though not breathtaking. The food is like a fusion of Chinese and SE Asian delicacies.
Their signature dessert, a fried banana with ice cream, was dissapointing and left much to be desired, so I'd get dessert elsewhere (eg. Calhoun's is right next door, a 24 hour haven of coffees and snacks).
Portion sizes are good, but everything is so tasty, I doubt you'll be leaving with styrofoam. Service at times slow, and I hear can be a bit dodgy, but overall it seemed okay. To minimize cost (because it is pricey), go with a large group.
I really enjoyed my dinner here. We had five dishes plus rice and it amply fed our group of five plus room for desert! Service was good but they stopped refilling water after main plates were cleared. Atmosphere was good, it was easy to talk, and it felt private which is a bonus. I highly recommend the calamari and the sambal green beans. It wasn't too expensive $25.00/person for five dishes, desert and cocktails so no complaints here. I would happily go back.
I had the Mango Prawns as a special, but believe it's been added to the menu. Spectacular dish and worth a visit just for that. So many restaurants overly use sugar, but this dish lets the mango and red peppers do most of the sweetening. Also very enjoyed the rice dishes, casual atmosphere and feeling of an oasis from the everyday grind. The servers are knowledgeable, explain ingredients well and can make complementary suggestions. Best with at least 3-4 people, so you can sample more dishes.
I came to this restaurant with my friend on Sunday and this was the first time I tired Malaysian food. I like the food very much especially the services. They provide a 5 stars hotel services and for sure I would recommand this resturant to all of my friend and I will bring my family there on the coming father day.
I will visit this restaurant again on this week.
Lovely place, outstanding services.
We made a reservation at this restaurant (called long distance and have the phone log to prove it!) but when we arrived - on time - we were told that they would never make a reservation for a Saturday night. The guy behind the desk told us we must have phoned another location, so we showed hin the cell phone log with the nuber we had phoned. We told again we must be wrong, that they would never take a reservation for a Saturday and that we would just have to wait. We waited for about 40 minutes and finally got a table. The rest of the service at this place is the same as the front desk - rude when they eventually get around to it. The food was ok, but we left unhappy and will not go back again and would not recommend it to a friend.
First let me say, this place is completely overrated.
Tonight was the third and last time I will visit the Kits restaurant. My meal came almost half an hour after everyone else at my table, and then only because I asked the server to chase it up. When it did come, it was disgusting. I don't know how it is possible to ruin stir fry vegetables, but they did it. Gelatinous, gluggy, and almost no 'green leaf vegetables' even though the dish is called 'stir fry green leaf vegetables'. I could barely manage to eat a few bites, and when the server took my plate away, he didn't ask whether there was anything wrong. Oh, by the way, this is after he offered no apology for my meal being half an hour late.
This place is horrible and I refuse to ever go back.
Family member recommended it so we dicided to try Banana Leaf - very impressed. Good drinks, and the food was very flavorful. Would recommeded the alaska cod with a caramelized glaze, delicous! We also enjoyed the egg rolls and curry chicken, and especially the coconut rice. Friendly staff, we will return.