Charming canteen specialising in South Indian cuisine and serving delicious dishes at budget prices.
To describe Banana Leaf as humble would be putting it mildly. A stone’s throw from dozens of glitzy, shiny new Finnieston venues lies this restaurant-cum-takeaway, serving South Indian food in an austere room that needs a lick of paint, its walls adorned with a couple of slightly squint portraits, the only sound the gentle murmur of a ceiling fan. Do not be put off by any of this, the Old Dumbarton Road restaurant is one of the city’s gems and the ramshackle vibe is part of the joy. There are no gimmicks here, just phenomenally good food, with dishes that cost the same as a side of rice might set you back elsewhere. To start, try the medu vada (deep-fried doughnuts) and the masala tawa fish, which has a thrillingly crisp and tangy exterior, but inside is nicely cooked. Impressively sized dosas (the ‘king’ is 2ft in length) are worth attention, while the the main course selections are varied but not overwhelming so, with plenty for vegetarians, and a first rate chilli chicken. If you're on a budget, you can't do better.
- Delivery: £1.50, daily 6–10pm, 5-mile radius
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2007
- BYOB: Free corkage
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