Review: Banana Leaf
67 Cambridge Street, Glasgow City Centre G3 6QX
I've emerged from post-Christmas hibernation to head along to one of my fav restaurants in Glasgow for an early Sunday night dinner, and I really, really appreciated it!
I love Banana Leaf. I actually don't know how many times I've eaten here now but it's definitely pushing double figures. The food is Chinese/Malaysian, and all the times I've eaten here I've always enjoyed the food and the friendly service.
They recently had a refurbishment and I love what they've done with the place - overall I'd say it looks a bit more upmarket/intimate than before, with a beautiful mural on the wall of dark green leaves which is just lovely. The menu hasn't changed too much thankfully so my old favourites are still there, and there's also a banquet option which includes a sharing entree platter and 4 mains for about £32pp which I think seems like really good value. We decided against that though, and ordered:
Chicken satay skewers. The sauce that comes with these is SO addictive and I promise you'll be eating it straight from the bowl once you've finished the chicken. The portion comes with 4 skewers so it's perfect for two to share.
Golden soft shell crab. Could I live on soft shell crab? I don't know but I would love to try. While this is one of the pricer starters at £6.90, I think it's definitely worth it and there is plenty to share between two.
Braised eggplant with minced pork in oyster sauce. I tried not to order this, I really did. I wanted to try something different but I love this dish so much that I gave in and ordered it. It's beautifully presented in a bubbling hot pot and jam-packed with eggplant and pork. The flavour might not be for everyone, but I just love the combination.
Kung po chicken. I didn't have much of this as it was Graeme's main but it definitely has a real kick to it - you can see the chilis in the dish and the cashews as a lovely refreshing break from the heat!
Graeme got ice cream for dessert and I tried some of it - to me, it tasted like dairy-free ice cream but I forgot to check so I'm not totally sure. Our bill for dinner came to around £50 with soft drinks which I thought was reasonable for the amount of food we had. All up, a lovely meal with very friendly and helpful staff - I can't wait to go back.