When it comes to authentic contemporary South East Asian cuisine, no one serves it up than Banana Leaf. Opened since August of 2001 with now eight (8) branches now, Banana Leaf had become to be a hot spot with menu with a fusion of Southeast Asian cuisine
Southeast Asian food can never be bland because Asia is where the Europeans discovered spices. The common thread that binds Southeast Asian food is the ingredients which are mainly coconut milk, lemon grass, sugar, basil, fish paste and chili. Banana Leaf is surely will give its customers a wonderful experience in one sitting and the only restaurant that fits the bill.
Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were pleasantly greeted by its staff and promptly seated. Fortunately our initial greeting at the table was punctual, as tardiness tends to be a pet peeve of mine. There are plenty of tables with seats or booths. The decor is very sophisticated: Asian inspired spot lighting add simplistic elegance to the tables and chairs.
After browsing their menu line up, we decided to start with Roti Canai from Malaysia dipped in either curry sauce or condensed milk. This one’s really new to me. And it was awesome. 🙂 I loved it with both the curry sauce and the condensed milk.
Food started to come in and our table has been full of plates with deliciously looking food. 🙂 First I tried is the Hainanese Chicken. The chicken is tender but a bit under cooked for me as I still see some fresh blood coming out of the chicken. 😦
I enjoyed the Deep Fried Pandan Chicken. I thought it looks over cooked. But amazingly, its was just cooked right and really juicy. I just wish they serve it in bigger servings.
Everything is great. And when Banana Leaf says authentic it means business because the main ingredients are sourced from their country of origin and prepared by Asian chefs in all branches day in and day out. Other restaurants will just hire Asian chef to standardize their menu but Banana Leaf makes a big investment with their expat chef who makes sure every visit at any branch will give that unique Southeast Asian dining experience.
No wonder it has become a restaurant of choice among Asian expats and Pinoy travelers who have fallen in love with Asian food. They have curved a niche in the market and is now the leading and perhaps still the only restaurant that offers traditional Asian food. Banana Leaf has also managed to stay in the list of Philippine Tatler’s Philippines Best restaurant from 2004 – 2012.
Say It, Nessie visited Banana Leaf in TriNoma Mall as a guest. All meals were complimentary and because of the generosity of Mr James Aguilar – General Manager. 🙂 All ratings on the meals are mine and based on my taste and palates.
Date of visit: August 31, 2012
Location: 4/L TriNoma, North Avenue cor Edsa, Quezon CIty
Tel: (02) 901.3033
Visit their Facebook page and website for other branches and complete menu offerings.