There's nothing quite so satisfying as digging into rice drenched with assorted curries, spiced meat, and three or four vegetable side dishes — served on fresh banana leaves
Frequenting banana leaf rice restaurants for a quick supper with a group of friends is one of the best pre-lockdown memories shared by many Malaysians.
Although we may not be able to dine in during lockdown, we can still enjoy our favourite banana leaf rice dishes... just like old times (minus the banana leaf).
1. Kanna Curry House
Kanna Curry House is well-known for its rich gravies and exquisite dishes that are infused with a secret blend of South Indian herbs and spices. Each portion consists of white rice, three types of vegetables, two types of curry, papadam, rasam, fried chillies, and pickles.
29, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Taman Mayang Jaya
2, Jalan SS26/6, Taman Mayang Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
45, Jalan 3/62B, Bandar Menjalara,
52200 Kuala Lumpur
123, Jalan Gasing, PJS10,
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
31, Jalan 4/47, Seksyen 4,
46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
21, Jalan Kenari 17D, Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
20, Lorong Batu Nilam 34B, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,
41200 Klang, Selangor
8am - 10pm (Daily)
Available on GrabFood and foodpanda.
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2. Big Leaf BLR
Big Leaf's banana leaf rice set comes with three types of vegetables, four types of curries, pappadam, and salted chili. Besides that, you can also order their richly-flavoured chicken varuval, mutton masala, and aromatic nasi biryani for the complete South Indian dining experience.
At BananaBro, you can get aromatic rice with different types of Indian curries such as chicken, fish, dhal, and crab, alongside a mixture of fresh vegetables seasoned with imported spices. They currently have a lockdown takeaway promotion, in which you'll receive a free plate of squid rings with every purchase of two banana leaf sets.
Berjaya Times Square
LG-59B, Jalan Imbi,
Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
103, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
51, Jalan Radin Tengah,
Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Cheras Leisure Mall
L1-60A, 1st Floor, Jalan Manis 6,
Taman Segar, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
8am - 8pm (Daily)
Available on GrabFood and foodpanda.
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4. Sri Ganapathi Mess
Located in a single-storey bungalow at PJ Old Town, Sri Ganapathi Mess offers a variety of homecooked dishes that are made using authentic ingredients. If you haven't tasted their food, you should order their crab rasam, fried squid, and mutton varural, all of which are flavoured with the perfect blend of spices.
5. Aunty Manju's Banana Leaf Restaurant
One of the best banana leaf restaurants in TTDI, Aunty Manju's serves delicious mutton bone marrow curry with thick, flavourful gravy and tender, juicy meat that falls softly off the bones. You should also try their fried squid, mutton varural, and mango fish curry.
6. Mollagaa Restaurant
Mollagaa Restaurant is well-known for their authentic South Indian cuisine. Customers' favourite dishes include their naan with chicken tikka, mutton biryani, Kerala fish curry, prawn thosai, karaikudi fish varuval, and kulfi for a creamy and refreshing dessert.
7. Moorthy's Mathai Restaurant
Operating since 1969, Moorthy's Mathai is a famous eatery in Brickfields, known for passing down their beloved recipes from generation to generation. Their banana leaf rice set comes with rice, four types of vegetables, pappadam, rasam, and curry. Loyal customers would recommend their fried tenggiri fish cutlets that have a spiced crispy exterior and sweet flesh.
8. Shockalingam Banana Leaf
Shockalingam Banana Leaf serves traditional homecooked Indian cuisine, including fluffy and fragrant tamarind rice, spicy mutton chukka varuval, chicken maharaja varuval, and chicken kurma. Side dishes consist of vegetable kurma, pappadam, dried chillies, and vegetable chutney.