Top 10 Banana Leaf Spots For A Prosperous Tummy!

written by Natasha Christopher

When you’re looking for heavy, satisfying, and definitely curry-licious food, the one we always look to is banana leaf meals. There’s just an added feel to a great eating experience when the banana leaf is laid in front of you. Topped with fragrant rice, aromatic curries, variety of cooked vegetable options, the main dish of your preference of mutton, chicken, fish, prawn and so on. Aren’t you just drooling from that description alone? We know we are. 

Now, before you all go for lunch, let us suggest some of the best banana leaf restaurants around KL/ Klang Valley area that you could all go try with your family and friends.

1.Moorthy’s Mathai Restaurant 


One of the most famous dishes here you must try is their big portion of freshly fried tenggiri fish. Their other dishes that you can order that’ll sure make you and your tummy happy are any of the chicken or mutton Indian style dishes. It’s curry is thick, and tastes equally beautiful when you pair them with another dish. Moorthy’s Mathai has been getting good reviews from people in and out of Subang Jaya mainly due to its humble beginnings dated back in 1969. Ever since the main owner, K.O Mathai passed on, his godson then carried on the torch to keep the restaurant alive. Now, Moorthy’s Mathai can pack a crowd during breakfast and mostly during lunch timing. 

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Subang Jaya
24, Jalan USJ 4/9g, Usj 4, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Petaling Jaya
G-G-3A,Block G, Jalan PJU 1A/3, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Contact number: 016 -371 9894(SJ)/ 018- 204 5388(PJ)
Business Hours: Opens daily from 7am – 8pm 

2. Asian Rice Pot 


Nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Petaling Jaya in SS5, Asian Rice Pot is a hidden gem that many should know of. It has two floors with downstairs being lively and upstairs a for those who seek a bit of quietness to enjoy their meal. However, it all could differ with the crowd as well. Besides, the fragrant smell that would sway you to this restaurant, what attracts people to come here is their friendly service and their signature biryani set that is served in an earthen pot. If you’re opting for banana leaf set lunch, look no further to the aromatic and tender mutton dishes. 

Address: 11, Jalan SS5A/11, Ss 3, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact number: 03-7874 6911
Business Hours: 8am-4pm (Monday, 8am-9.30pm (Tuesday-Sunday), closed on every last Monday of the month

3. Grand Neelas Restaurant


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If you’re from Puchong, you’ll definitely know this place by heart and by how happy they made you felt after eating here. It has gotten great reviews partly to their unique type of dishes being served. Their famous ones that you must try are their turkey masala and deep fried bitter-gourd. It comes with your choice if biryani set rice with two options of mint rice set or the vegetarian biryani set. All of them come with three assorted vegetables, papadom, rasam and the bitter-gourd. Plus, it’s famous mutton bone marrow curry certainly would ooze a buttery texture that would melt right on your tongue.

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Address: 31, Jalan Kenari 17, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Contact number: 017-673 8407
Business Hours: Opens Daily from 8 am to 11 pm (Sunday: 7 am to 11 pm) 

4. Acha Curry House 


When you’re passing by Bukit Gasing area and you spot people lining up outside of a restaurant, that’s the famous Acha Curry House. This place may not be a huge space to accommodate all hungry people, but it’s the quality of food and take all you can self service of vegetable and curry that makes this place worth the wait. Come for their deliciously thick crab curry, signature salted fish curry, sambal ikan bilis and fried Ikan Tenggiri to tantalize your taste buds. Oh worth noting that you can refill how much you want with the curry. Their mutton varuval and chicken dish also doesn’t seem to disappoint you. Make sure to get there early to avoid waiting for lunch!

Address: 271, Jalan 5/51, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact Number: 012-273 5096
Business Hours: Opens daily at from Monday to Sunday: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm 

5. Aunty Manju Banana Leaf  Restaurant


If there was only one Indian Aunty we trust, it’s Aunty Manju. They said it best. For years Aunty Manju has been feeding friends, family and neighbours who have been coming through her home. It has become her expression of love and now most people flock to feel her love through her food. Aunty Manju’s restaurant is known for its big portion servings of chicken dishes and mutton. One particular dish that is the star of the show in this Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) outlet is their mutton bone marrow curry. It’s succulent and creamy thick curry itself would have left you wanting more. It sometimes can get crowded on weekends during lunch time. 

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Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact number: 03-7733 5954
Business Hours: Opens daily from 7 am to 1 am 

6. Masala Wheels 

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⚠️Houston we have a MASALAAAA? yet again at @masalawheels living the #currydream like you’ve never seen or tasted before! Bringing together authentic Indian & Sri Lankan recipes and adding Malaysian twist to the tale. Nasi Lemaks, Dragon Chicken, Nasi Gorengs, and Chicken Chilli Mint, ALOOOO GOBI that’ll hit the spot ? – If you’ve tried their Banana Leaf, you’re gonna definitely wanna what they have on their new and improved dinner menu ? – ?Masala Wheels @ Seksyen 1 ? ⏬ TAG YOUR CURRY BUDDIES ⏬ – #whati8today #eatnowplaylater #alwayseating #mycafefood #malaysianfood #streetfoodmalaysia #klfoodie #forkyeah #foodgasm #dailyfoodfeed #donburi #sambal #sgcafe #lunchbox #snacks #curry #instafood #topcitybites #klstreetfood #ttdi #friedchicken #sgfoodie #bananaleaf #nasigoreng #nasilemak #mamak

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Craving for Sri Lankan cuisine in the form of banana leaf set? Masala Wheels is right on it. The recipe originates from a Sri Lankan family, who till today blends their own spices for cooking purposes and to promote an organic way of handling their food and not using the commercial products. There are about nine side dishes placed on the banana leaf ranging from sweet to a dose of spiciness taste. Their chatti pot biryani which only serves on Sunday is equally beautiful in taste too. It is served with fragrant and fluffy briyani rice together with raita ( an Indian side dish of yoghurt containing mixed-up vegetables). Be sure to mix all of it up because that’s where the real flavours lies.

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??STOOOKED to have found hands down the best Banana Leaf Restaurant in KL! @masalawheels serves up everything you ask from traditional banana leaf but combined with SIX different CURRIES to choose from and FOUR secret sauces made from preserved Veges (100% game changer IMO?⚠️) Add on chicken 65 and mutton curry to share and BOOOM DIG IN … MIND BLOWN ? CONFIDENT (9.5/10) ? – Be sure to check out their opening times on weekdays and weekends to avoid crowds cus trust me it’s paaaacked! Patience is key on the service as they’re a small restaurant with family members helping out ? – *PROTIP: BANJIRRRRRRR DAT CURRY* – ?Masala Wheels @ Seksyen 1 ? Tag a friend who needs to try this! ? Capture and tag @tummytalk_ – #breakfast #malaysianfood #hotdog #forkyeah #laksa #klfood #foodie #igkl #tummyvsfood #noodleworship #snacks #foodgasm #pastry #bbq #dinerfood #indianfood #curry #instarecipes #streetfood #instafood #poutine #spicyfood #dailyfoodfeed #mutton #sgcafe #makanmakan #butterchicken #breakfast #lunch

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Address: 2, Jalan 1/3, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact number: 012-885 0409
Business Hours: Opens daily from 12 pm to 5 pm 

7. Betel Leaf 


Betel Leaf is an authentic Chettinad restaurant situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. They serve both South and North Indian cuisine, as well as a few local favourites. When it comes to their ambience, it’s air conditioned and slightly upscale décor for a pleasurable eating experience. To cater to everyone, they serve vegetarian meals aside from their famous non vegetarian choices. Some of their must try is the dry mutton curry called Chettinad Mutton Chukka, boneless Chicken Tikka Masala, and their garlic cheese naan. If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, do check out their daily display of fresh Indian sweets made onsite.

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Address: 77A, Leboh Ampang, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Number: +603 20325932
Business Hours: Opens Daily from 11 am to 11 pm 

8. Sri Ganapathi Mess 


Situated in an old lot of bungalow right in front of a school with no signage, this place holds some of the best gem of banana leaf dishes. Due to its concept and quality good food, expect a lot of people visiting during lunch hour and also longer wait for the banana leaf to be served to you. However, many are willing to wait because of its varuval mutton/chicken dishes, fried squid and also its famous crab rasam. The rasam itself is a perfect end to note on the intense flavouring they are great in. They have four types of gravy that you can top up throughout your whole dining there. It’s curry alone is already robust in flavour.

Address: 47, Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact Number: 016-279 1384
Business Hours: Opens daily from 11 am to 4 pm 

9. Ganga Café 


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| Thali x Pani Poori | ?: @thegangacafe, Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar ??~ ?: this is just the start of my Malaysian series of food and oh my doesn’t it look amazing already! This is actually the first time me travelling alone in Malaysia (only KL) and I must say it’s thrilling being able to plan an entire itinerary just for my taste ? Malaysia is incredible for Indian, and here’s me giving the Ganga Cafe a try. This restaurant is vegan friendly ? And if you’re a big fan of thali’s, this is definitely the place for you; just because you get a better variety, especially if you wanna try more flavours! & next we have the Pani Poori… I’ll leave that for my next post hehe! ?? #pollnomskl . . . . . . . . . . #gangacafe #indian #vegan #thali #flatlay #klfood #kualalumpur #topfoodnews #myfab5 #foodie #eeeeeats #foodporn #foodandwine #forkyeah #vscofood #buzzfeast #infatuation #buzzfeedfood #foodstragram #instayum #foodblogger #foodblog #topcitybites #foodspotting #foodshot #hkig #hkfoodie #topcitybiteskl #kleats

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Ganga Café is specially for the vegan’s delight cuisine. Situated in a lovely neighbourhood in Bangsar, it caters to families and vegetarian food enthusiasts. It’s Gujarati based cuisines includes no MSG, no colouring and definitely halal friendly. Ensures a healthier and delicious version of the normal banana leaf version with meat. To make sure everyone enjoys their food that’s cooked from their hearts, they have an all you can eat buffet from 11 am to 3pm every Sunday. One of the more popular items on the menu is the Standard Thali, with rice, 3 veg, 2 dal, rasam, salad and papadam. If rice ain’t your thing, you can opt for choices of bread like rotis, puris and naan. 

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Address: 17, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-22842119
Business Hours: Opens Daily from 8 am to 10 pm (Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm ; 6pm – 10 pm) 

10. Puchong Chettinad Mess 


Perhaps one of the best hidden banana leaf spots that is located in the Puchong industrial area. After waiting in line for a while at the stairs to go to the first floor up which is where the restaurant is at, you will be seated and served with banana leaf once a table is empty. Eating here is an affordable choice too as it comes with refillable helpings of rice, vegetable and curries. It’s choices of vegetables presented with the curries certainly go very well together. Match it up further with a plate of chicken 65 or their chicken varuval. Also, worth noting it only opens on weekdays for lunch only.

Address: 11-1, Jalan 7/9, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor
Contact number: 012-283 3788
Business Hours: Monday to Friday: 11 am – 2:30 pm 

 There you have it! Our top 10 banana leaf places! Now if you will excuse us, while we go whack the food listed here and get ourselves in a food coma situation after ☺  

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