Banana Leaf (Dine Out Vancouver 2014)
It’s that time again for Dine Out Vancouver! So many restaurants… so much food! Speaking of copious amounts of food, our first Dine Out for this year was for a restaurant that we’ve been to before for Dine Out… Banana Leaf on Broadway.
Not all restaurants have the same 3 course Dine Out menu offering. Some, like Banana Leaf, like to be a little different. Instead, Banana Leaf offers a family-style menu where you get a bunch of different dishes to share.
For their regular $28 per person Dine Out menu, you get to share 7 dishes: Mango & Papaya Kerabu salad, Nyonya’s Crisp Cup, Curry Chicken Murtabak, Assam Curry Seafood Stew, Sambal Belacan Fried Okras, Eggplant & Vegetables, Braised Lamb Shank (or Rendang Beef), and Pisang Goreng (fried banana with ice cream) or Kuih Dadar (sweet coconut crepe made with pandan leaves, palm sugar, and grated coconut.
We decided to also get their Tasting Menu for 2 which gets you 9 dishes to share for $30 per person: Mango Kerabu, Roti Canai, Satay Chicken, Cumin Mussels, Rendang Beef Curry, Gulai Tiger Prawns and Scallops, Caramelized Ginger Black Cod, Sambal Green Beans, and Pisang Goreng.
For course, no meal at Banana Leaf would be complete without a Mango Slush – it helps to cut down the spiciness of some of the other dishes.
Since this is Dine Out, some of the dishes are smaller than you’re get from their regular menu but I like that you get to try a bunch of different things.
Mango Kerabu salad (we received 4 plates of this) and Curry Chicken Murtabak – the murtabak is great if you like roti.
Roti Canai and Satay Chicken – the portions for these appies from the Tasting Menu for 2 were a bit smaller than we would have liked but that’s the trade off of having 9 items.
We also ordered a plate of Peppercorn Oysters which were deep-fried to perfection.
Nyonya’s Crispy Cup lives up to the name as the cup was thin and crispy and held an assortment of veggies.
The Cumin Mussels had a slightly spicy and savory broth that begs you to slurp up.
Sambal Belacan Fried Okras, Eggplant, and Vegetables is prepared similarly to the Sambal Green Beans.
Assam Curry Seafood Stew contained an assortment of fresh seafood including clams, mussels, fish, and shrimp.
The main courses included rice which is desperately needed if you want to sop up the various curry sauces with.
Speaking of curry sauce, the Rendang Beef was quite tender and swims in a deliciously rich curry sauce.
The Caramelized Ginger Black Cod was a bit of a surprise for me because I wasn’t expecting how crispy the skin was going to be. I don’t think I’ve seen this on their regular menu before but it really should be.
One of their other specials for the night was the Pineapple Roasted Duck which came with green beans and peppers in a curry sauce.
Gulai Tiger Prawns and Scallops was a bit similar to some of the other dishes… again served in a curry-type sauce.
The Braised Lamb Shank was a pretty large portion of lamb that was cooked fork-tender.
For the desserts, we opted for one of the Kuih Dadar and one of the Pisang Goreng. I’m not too much of a fan of the coconut with the pandan leaves but the fried bananas and ice cream was a good way to finish off the meal.
The biggest problem with our meal was that the table was too small for us. At times, the dishes came out furiously so we had to quickly eat to make room for the other dishes that were coming.
820 West Broadway