- Telephone 0300 124 5099
- Opening times Tue–Thu noon–3.30pm & 5.30–10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon–11pm; Sun 12.30–10pm; Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Thu noon–10.15pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.45; Sun noon–9.45pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price £10.50 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.bananaleafglasgow.com
A well-situated restaurant offering Malaysian favourites and service as well as excitement for the discerning diner.
This city centre restaurant is cosy and atmospheric, with dark décor, lanterns strung from the ceiling, and a striking banana leaf pattern panel on one wall. But the main draw is the food, whether it brings in Malaysian students filling up on plates of rice at lunchtime or family groups dining large on the celebration tasting menu. Run by three brothers, with Dad in the kitchen, Banana Leaf turns out the classic flavours of Chinese-Malaysian food with style, and menus change monthly to accommodate seasonal specialities. A shared starter plate gives a good introduction to the cuisine via musky spare ribs, chicken satay, peanut spinach salad, spring rolls, wontons, and pungent fish crackers. Main courses are categorised under headings such as Blast from the Past, and Village Dishes. Crisp anchovies and tiny, intensely flavoured peanuts add texture to a chicken curry plate while fried soft shell crabs are accompanied with a thick chilli tomato sauce. There are interesting homemade drinks to choose from, too, including a tall tri-coloured milk tea flavoured with coconut sugar and the intriguing tea and coffee combination, yuenyeung.
- High point: Exciting flavour combinations
- Low point: Uninspiring desserts
- Notable dish: Chicken satay
The culmination of 35 years' experience starting in Malaysia has been transported in all its authenticity for your enjoyment here in Glasgow with this family-run business.
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- Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £18 per bottle