Banana Leaf – Not quite so Green..

This Malaysian spot we stopped at after yet another fun filled. Everyone (essentially the brother and the husband) seemed highly enthusiastic about the prospect. By this time, the kids were right with the program and wanted a different cuisine at every mealtime, so who was I to stand in the way of diversity. Actually, if I had realized that I would end up doing Thai so frequently, this past month en return to New York, I might have re-considered the diversity argument.

Well, this was another stop on Davis, which really looks like it was our memory of what we shall call restaurant row in Vancouver. Banana Leaf, beckoned with its seemingly understated yet characteristically well planned somewhat authentic looking décor. There were these wall hangings, wooden art, attractive cutlery and in general an overall pleasing set up.

Before I move on, let me tell you      never underestimate the power of the inane or simple silly twists when you are dining with little ones. The kids spent quite a bit of time trying to unravel these straws, playing with them and in short just being quite pleased with them.

Now that I look at them I cannot help thinking that maybe they are a fun thing to do for a party, maybe a twist your own straw kind of theme.

The menu seemed fun, as usual we got rather excited about the appetizers. This is generally a theme and trend with us. We tend to get quite carried away about appetizers. So, we dived right in with calamari, roti canai and an interesting seafood soup.

The roti canai was predictably rich and generally good the soup had a good balance of flavors, the calamari was where things starting getting rather disappointing. The menu seemed fun, as usual we got rather excited about the appetizers. This is generally a theme and trend with us. We tend to get quite carried away about appetizers. So, we dived right in with calamari, roti canai and an interesting seafood soup.

The roti canai was predictably rich and generally good the soup had a good balance of flavors, the calamari was where things starting getting rather disappointing.

By now, they has brought in the wine and we had started sipping on some great ice wine which did pair well with the food and generally the cool sweet taste with the conversation helped. The main courses were a little disappointing I found our dish a little too heavy on the turmeric. The portions were definitely very generous and served family style. All in all, the experience was not the high note of our dining experiences in the city that clearly had touched us with some good food notes. We wrapped up our meal with a fried banana and ice-cream, which you cannot go very wrong with. As I always that is what desserts are about.

Banana Leaf on Davie

Robson Street/West End

1043 West End

Vancouver, BC

http://www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com
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