Banana Leaf Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Malaysian and Thai Cuisine | Open Kitchen | Tropical Cocktails
Appetizer: green papaya salad with shrimp, almonds, and kesom leaves
Entree: rendang beef with Malay curry sauce
Entree (vegetarian): cumin tofu with string beans, lemongrass, and chilies
Dessert: Malay banana crepe
Where to Sit: Grab a spot facing the open kitchen, where chefs put on a theatrical display of their culinary skills. You might see them roll up dessert crepes, sear meats over an open flame, or wear white after Labor Day without batting an eyelash.
What the Press is Saying
“We recommend any of the crab dishes, featuring Dungeness crab, especially the spicy Malaysian-style preparation.” — Gayot
“A charming, exotic interior unfolds, in which diners can almost feel the balmy Malaysian air and smell the moist earth after monsoon rains.” — Metro Silicon Valley
Belachan: a fragrant paste used in traditional Malaysian cooking that’s made from sun-fermented shrimp
Rendang: a dish made with beef that's cooked for hours in a mixture of coconut milk and spices until nearly dry.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Before dinner, work up an appetite with a game of horseshoes at Starlite Park (450 Rudyard Drive).