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Banana Leaf is one of the few Malaysian restaurants in town, but it's the best. The friendly service and exciting dishes, such as the sweetly spicy sambal shrimp or the hand-tossed roti canai, make the restaurant a destination despite its casual atmosphere and low prices. Take advantage of its generous BYOB policy and bring a bottle of Riesling to supplement the savory pan-Asian cuisine.
This has to be the most over-rated restaurant I've ever tried. I ordered three dishes "Sambal Chicken, Thai Sauce Shrimp & Pineapple Chicken", and all of them were "BLAND"!!! The chicken was unseasoned and the cuts were as big as a thumb-nail, to make it look as if there was more protein on the plate then it really is. The sauce was tasteless and full of cornstarch, the "Sambal" sauce looked like melted candle wax was on my plate. Of all three plates the only idem had the most flavor was the "pineapple".
This is a very sad, sad restaurant and can't believe it's packed and a waiting list this restaurant has on the weekends. I did enjoy their pancake but really? I didn't go to an Malaysian restaurant to eat their pancake.
And to add insult to injury, I got "DIARRHEA" the day after and still dealing with it (1.27.13), thought the chicken tasted off. I did think of all the dishes "Banana Leaf" has, is it possible I ordered the worst dishes they have. If so then, they should "label" them as "bland". I am shocked and very disappointed with my experience at "Banana Leaf", I want to love all the food I visit to all the restaurants I eat in. Since I'm paying I want the restaurant to give me great food, but in this case I got bland, flavorless, and "DIARRHEA".
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