A Taste of South Indian Tradition: The Best Banana Leaf Restos in KL and PJ
by: The Beat Asia
June 30, 2023
Malaysia is a food lover's paradise, offering diverse culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds. One of the must-try experiences is indulging in a delicious banana leaf meal. This traditional South Indian dining style has become immensely popular in the Klang Valley area, drawing locals and tourists alike.
Join us on a gastronomic journey as we explore the best places to enjoy a satisfying banana leaf meal in these vibrant Malaysian cities.
Ricksha, a "boutique banana leaf restaurant" in Bangsar, is known for presenting products and cooking techniques that are signature to four states in southern India. The banana leaf set includes four vegetables: Peerkangai Kuttu (ridge gourd), Kappa Kilanggu Masala (tapioca), Kaaram Beans Perattal (French beans), and Podalangkai Thoran (snake gourd), as well as a fried vegetable dish of the day to round out the leafy medley. Then, diners can select their preferred curries, including vegetarian alternatives like sambar, vendhayam, thanni saaru, sothi, and rasam and protein-rich options like chicken, mutton, fish, crab, salted fish, or prawns.
Location: Ricksha, 9A, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, 59100 Wilayah Perseketuan
Contact details: 03-2202 0770
India Gate, which can be found in several locations throughout the Klang Valley, is yet another well-known banana leaf rice establishment. They offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions of their traditional Chettinad banana leaf lunch. You will receive around 17 items for the vegetarian set and 20 for the non-vegetarian version, with the option of curry for each set. The non-vegetarian bundle includes three additional dishes, including Chettinad Chicken Curry, Andra Mutton Curry, and Kerala Fish Curry.
Location: India Gate, 26, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 011-3301 1930
Kanna Curry House
If you find yourself in Petaling Jaya, Kanna Curry House is a must-visit for an unforgettable banana leaf meal. Known for their delectable array of curries, their aromatic spices and homemade recipes ensure a delightful dining experience. The mutton curry, chicken varuval, and deep-fried squid are among the favourites here. With their warm and welcoming atmosphere, Kanna Curry House will leave you craving for more.
Location: Kanna Curry House, 29, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact details: 03-7958 4814
Acha Curry House
Where to find the best banana leaf rice is a constantly hot topic in PJ and the surrounding Klang Valley. For some, the fact that you can take as many of Acha Curry House's vegetables as you wish at no extra cost is a major selling point. The various curries can be combined to make a delicious and balanced dish. They are well-known for their salted fish curry and crab curry.
Location: Acha Curry House, 42, Jalan SS 2/4a, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact details: 012-339 2728
BananaBro is the place to go for a trendy and traditional take on the classic dish of rice served on a banana leaf. Set meals are also available without burning a hole in your wallet. But for the crowd favorite, we recommend Ayam Berempah, spicy fried chicken flavored with various herbs and spices. BananaBro also serves fragrant rice accompanied by an assortment of fresh veggies and seasoned with exotic spices and various Indian curries, including chicken, fish, dhal, and crab.
Location: BananaBro, Berjaya Times Square, LG-59B, Jln Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 012-484 8064
Sri Nirwana Maju
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Bangsar, Sri Nirwana Maju is a legendary spot for banana leaf dining. The bustling restaurant is known for their generous servings of rice, flavorful curries, and wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Don't miss their must-try dishes, like crispy fried bitter gourd and fragrant banana leaf-wrapped fish. The bustling ambiance adds to the overall experience, making Sri Nirwana Maju a firm favorite among locals and tourists.
Location: Sri Nirwana Maju, 43, Jln Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact details: 03-2287 8445
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