Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf
76B Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8RE
  • Telephone 0141 334 4445
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Average price £7/£7.50/£8 (set lunch); £7 (evening meal)
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Décor may be rough and ready, but Banana Leaf on Old Dumbarton Road serves up one of the best value and tastiest curries in the city.

Takeaway review
With a wide selection of great value and unusual dishes from the Tamil Nadu and Kerala regions, the Banana Leaf provides a takeaway with a difference, and a great opportunity to sample traditional and authentic South Indian dishes that are rarely seen on westernised curry menus. Particularly popular are the dosas – rice pancakes stuffed with a variety of fillings including cheese, vegetables or semolina. Masala tawa fried fish – charred flavoursome moist bites of salmon, set up the palate ready for a substantial main of lamb with deep and earthy chettinadu spices. A wide selection of meat-free options makes this a good place for veggies and the competitive prices make the Banana Leaf a real pocket-pleaser.

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It might not be much to look at, but Banana Leaf on Old Dumbarton Road serves up one of the best value and tastiest curries in Glasgow. Diners are met at first with a takeaway counter, but a quick word with staff and they’ll ask you to go next door, where slightly cramped surroundings that remind you of your gran’s kitchen play host to a tasty dining experience. With a varied Southern Indian menu, Banana Leaf offers up authentic tastes for takeaway or sit-in. And with a lenient bring-your-own-booze policy, this is a venue ideal for those on a budget. The chicken 65 is a fine alternative to the typical chicken pakora starter, with a fresh, tangy salsa to accompany. Foot-long dosas with pickles and dipping sauces also offer up a tasty appetiser with a difference, but it is the variety of mains on offer that will please curry lovers. And thrifty diners will love the set meal options, with great quality and value throughout. A firm favourite with students, this will be a new favourite for anyone who stumbles across it.

  • High point: Excellent, great-value food
  • Low point: Cramped surroundings
  • Notable dish: Any of the dosas
  • Delivery: Free over £15, £3 for less. Daily 6–10pm, 5-mile radius.
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • 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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