After our meet, hugs and greets, we started with fresh vegetarian spring rolls stuffed with vermicelli, bean sprouts,cabbage and chicken satay, both served with peanut sauce. The rolls had the perfect crunch, tasted so fresh and stuffing was so delicious with the sauce. The chicken satay was yet another signature dish of this restaurant and the dipping sauce was really addictive. We kept both the little bowl for the entire meal, even after several attempts by the server to remove it the other courses arrived.
Roti prata is a must try dish here and no diner will stop with just one. It is a crispy multi-layer Malay-Indian style pancake served with bean curry sauce. At $2.95, it is affordable and the paper thin prata is so light like feather, airy and just too good. They are served with curry sauce which is perfectly seasoned and lightly spicy.
After long talks and laughter, we started ordering the entrees. We started with Buddha’s basket – its a deep fried basket made of taro and is stuffed with fresh veggies and cashew nuts. They tasted different and we felt a muddy texture in every mouth. It wasn’t a great hit among us.
The following dish was Indian Mee Goreng, fried noddles cooked with bean sprouts, tofu and peanuts and some ethnic spices. Being a full moon day, I ate vegetarian dishes but you get the same noodles with shrimp, chicken, eggs and squids. They were perfectly cooked, lightly sweet and loved the crunchy peanuts on top. The dish was so hot, right from the fire.
Then came the Pineapple fried rice with shrimp and Indian nasi goreng with chicken. The fried rice was served on a real pineapple plate. Nothing so special about it, just looks appealing to the eyes. The flavors of both dishes were so rich and fresh from the wok.
After enjoying such flavorful dishes, we were quite hesitant to order desserts. But the super cool and talkative manager was sweet enough to give us complimentary dessert (fried banana with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce). Also he kept making rounds to the tables to make sure the water was re-filled and the wait time was minimal. The fried banana tasted like pazhampori/ nendra pazham fry. Most of the dishes had influences from Indian and Thai cuisine. I guess it may be because of Indians/Thais who had migrated to Malaysia for sugarcane plantation in early 1900s.
The pricing weren’t bad at all. Along with the tips, the bill came to $100 for 5 people (ofcourse we had couple more roti prata and satays)
The parking is sufficient right in front of the restaurant and if you are OK to walk a little, there is a huge open space around. On the whole Banana leaf has lovely ambiance, quick service, great food and friendly staffs.
Being a person who gives preference to authentic flavors, I was convinced a long time back that this is THE place to be for delicious Malay meals. I can assure you that Banana leaf restaurant, Milpitas will not disappoint you. I would highly recommend this place and would love to give 4.5 on 5.