Banana Leaf, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow
We recently went to dinner at Banana Leaf on the basis of Michelle at ananyah.com's post - there's nothing I love more than reading an exciting review for a restaurant that makes you go there the very next day (literally!). There was some confusion in our twitter banter - there is more than one restaurant in Glasgow called Banana Leaf. This is the Cambridge Street one which is Chinese/Malaysian.
I was pretty excited to see what it was like as it seems to be gaining cult status similar to Asia Style. The restaurant itself is very casual so don't go expecting fine dining. The menu is absolutely huge, and I was glad I did some reading of other reviews (such as Alfred's from alfredfoodography) so I had narrowed down my options before I got there.
We spent a fair while looking at the menu and deliberating just how much food to order. I was keen to order everything - hence our dilemma. Finally we settled on the above two as starters and they were both finger-licking delicious.
We decided to get 2.5 mains (to share the kai lan with beef) - just the right amount of food for us two (we are big eaters after all!). I loved the prawns as they were large and juicy. The flavour of the ginger and cooking wine was just right. The coconut rice seemed really indulgent and rich - but in a good way. I'm guessing it's made with coconut milk or cream which set my spidey senses off (can they go off in a good way?). I really loved the kai lan vegetable - I would have been happy to have this without beef actually as I like the veg just on its own. Graeme's pork was delicious - that really sweet flavouring you get from honey glazed barbeque which is way too sweet for me to eat a whole dish, but nice for sample. The accompanying noodles were great as well, not stuck together like you get with some takeaway noodles, and tasty without overpowering the rest of the meal.
Dinner at Banana Leaf was quick, efficient, friendly and delicious. I would definitely pop back for a casual dinner before going to a gig (we were off to see Bloc Party at the Garage - their first gig in 4 years - so all up an amazing night!).
Have you been to Banana Leaf, and if so, what other dishes would you recommend?