Behind Banana Leaf’s austere facade, lies a rich variety of aromatic Southern Indian dishes affordable for diners on the budget.
Compared to the burgeoning stylish venues of Glasgow’s nearby Finnieston strip, Banana Leaf may look unexciting, but the wealth of its flavours and accessible prices make it a go-to place for curry fans. With over a hundred items on the menu, the South Indian sit-in and takeaway offers variety while maintaining quality. The classics of Indian cuisine are up to the standard, from the crispy batter of the chicken pakora to the crunchy vegetable-stuffed samosas. The palatable dosas are served in a daunting number of combinations, starting with simple lentil sambar, and coconut and tomato chutneys, to the more elaborate chef’s specials. The light chicken dosa with onions is wholesome yet refreshing. Typical for South Indian cuisine, the Chettinad spice mix invigorates the smooth lamb curry without overpowering other aromas. The laid-back setting and simple décor make for an inviting enough interior, and with a bring-your-own-booze policy to add, this minuscule venue cements its popularity among diners on a budget.
- High point: Great choice of South Indian food for budget eating
- Low point: Workaday interior
- Notable dish: Lamb Chettinadu
- Delivery: £1.50 Daily 6–10pm, 5-mile radius.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2007
- BYOB: None corkage
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