- 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 Mon–Thu noon–10.15 pm; ; Fri/Sat noon–10.45; Sun noon–10.15pm
- Average price £10.50 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.bananaleafglasgow.com
A recently refurbished and well situated restaurant offering Malaysian favourites and service as well as excitement for the discerning diner.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Malaysian cooking offers a distinctive fusion of Chinese and Malay flavours and ingredients, and the Wong family who arrived in Glasgow from Johore Bahru 17 years ago deliver it with style. With manager Chow Yong Wong front of house and father Kong Foo Wong in the kitchen, the diner feels nourished by genuine Malaysian tastes and hospitality. The smartly refurbished space and revamped menus indicate a restaurant upping its game. Headings such as Blast from the Past, Barbecue Corner, Kampung Village and Hot and Spicy Market lead the diner through a menu offering a wonderful balance of unusual and comfortingly familiar. A stir-fried mussel starter with tiny salty and spicy black beans fires up the palate, while nasi lemak, the addictive Malaysian street favourite, is a beautifully presented mound of coconut rice with crunchy peanuts, crunchier anchovies, chicken in curry sauce, pickles and a boiled egg. Elsewhere there’s a local flavour with a fragrant dish of tender venison slices, ginger and spring onion. Possibly no room for dessert after all that but the new cocktail menu could well be an answer.
- High point: Menu caters for both the adventurous and conservative
- Low point: Desserts a bit stodgy – why no fruit platter?
- Notable dish: Venison slices with ginger and spring onion
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 portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Barhouse music
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £18.90 per bottle
- BYOB: £10 corkage