Saturday, February 20, 2010

Banana Leaf

A few years ago, some relatives took my family to eat at one of Banana Leaf's branches. It was a fun experience. I have great memories of eating off of banana leaves. Unfortunately, those fond memories were not repeated when we tried the restaurant again. This time, we tried the Greenbelt 3 branch. The concept is still great, but the execution of the food was disappointing. The food was decent, but it was not something that made me want to go back and eat there again.

The Outside
A lot of restaurants in Greenbelt have outside seating. Because of the warm weather, it's pleasant to eat outside and enjoy the night.

The Setting
Instead of plates, you eat on banana leaves! It's a fun way to eat South East Asian cuisine.

Coconut Juice
I love coconut juice in Asia! They come presented in the actual coconut, and afterwards you get to enjoy the tender coconut meat inside.

Coconut Rice
Completely not what we expected. We thought it would be that sticky rice with coconut infused oils and flavors. Instead, they opened a can of dense coconut milk and slathered it all on top of white rice. Not a good order.

Mixed Vegetables
You can't really mess up an order or sauteed vegetables, so this order was all right.

Stir Fried Oat Prawns Singaporean Style
This was a pretty interesting dish. The oats were fried and provided a nice texture. A pretty good order.

Charcoal Grilled Whole Squid Thai Style
Another decent order. The sauce had a nice sweet spice, while the grilled taste of the squid came through.

Stir Fried Crab in Vermicelli
A decent order of crab with pretty tasty vermicelli. The order was a bit over-priced for what you can get at other places, though.

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