Banana Leaf

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Banana Leaf
5–9 Byres Road, Glasgow, G11 5RD
  • Telephone 01413348899
  • Opening times Tue–Thu noon–3.30pm & 5–10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon–11pm; Sun 12.30–10pm; closed Mon.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri–Sat noon–11pm; Sun 12.30pm–10.30pm.
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Banana Leaf

West End family-run restaurant, specialising in Chinese-Malay dishes, plus a good line in cocktails.

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Located in prime position at Partick Cross, the décor in the bar and dining spaces is certainly eye-catching, with intricate decorative cherry blossom woven around lanterns that hang from the ceiling, with exotic sliding doors separating the rooms. There is plenty to choose from on the Malay-Chinese inspired menu – starting with a sharing platter of deep-fried favourites including prawn toast, spring rolls and wanton with a trio of dipping sauces. The chicken and prawn dumplings are fabulous little parcels of flavour – spicy and salty thanks to the rich soy oyster sauce they are swathed in. Vegans will find plenty to enthuse over, with an array of aubergine and tofu dishes – while for the carnivorous, beef rendang is succulent and heady with lemongrass flavours bringing a light freshness to the slow-cooked, tender meat. Coconut nasi lemak is a vast plate of delicate, fragrant rice surrounded by a vividly colourful chicken curry, adored with a sizzling succulent chicken wing, all presented beautifully on a large platter. With an extensive and exotic cocktail menu, Banana Leaf offers a taste of the the East in the West End.

The List's rating






Rowan Anderson visited Banana Leaf on 19 March 2019
  • High point: Beautiful cherry blossom display on the ceiling
  • Low point: Enormous portions are difficult to finish
  • Notable dish: Beef rendang
  • Average price: £11.50 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Own delivery driver plus Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Yo-Yo and others
  • Private dining: Up to 34 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Inaudible
  • Capacity: 28
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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