Charming canteen specialising in South Indian cuisine and serving delicious dishes at budget prices.
Predominantly a takeaway, Banana Leaf also offers two tiny seating areas in its West End HQ. Prices include sides, making it the perfect budget eatery to casually call in at. Though the restaurant space is outdated, a long standing reputation of immense and reliable flavouring (plus famous dosas), mean this curry spot can afford to be unapologetically in need of a refurb. Having said that, the place is set to have one in the near future. From the immensely delicious smell wafting from the open kitchen, down to the plastic cup for beer (BYOB!) the place has a street food feel and could certainly be that one spot you gamble on and end up raving about for weeks. The menu boasts dishes strictly of South Indian origin where all the chefs learned to cook before coming to the city. Dishes are dense in flavour across the board, transpiring into enjoyable options such as the vegetarian bagara baigan or the kozhi takkali chicken curry, which all deliver a rich palette of spice and a comforting homemade feel.
- 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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