This Damansara Uptown outlet is located opposite The Starling Mall, in between the Perodua showroom and Restoran Koon Kee. If I remember correctly, this corner lot was previously occupied by a Korean restaurant.
I passed by this area a few weeks ago while running errands and I was very excited to note that Bananabro was opening soon at this spot.
Last Saturday I walked past just to take a peek but the restaurant was not opened yet. So this week I took the opportunity to visit.
It was almost half past 11:00am and the place was bustling. Fortunately, there were still some seats available. A new restaurant, what more a banana leaf restaurant is bound to attract attention.
Besides the Craving Set (RM8.90) they also offer the Happiness Set (RM14.90 for one person) which is a combination of the Craving Set with one serving of Chicken 65 or Chicken Masala and one iced lemon tea. You pay an extra RM1.50 to upgrade to briyani rice and extra RM2.00 to upgrade your drink to lassi (original or mango).
On my first visit, I opted for the Craving Set simply because I wanted to try the mutton varuval.
For drinks I had an iced Nescafe. The mutton varuval was served in a small pan that looks like a miniature version of my cast iron pan. So cute.
The rice and vegetables are refillable (very tempted to!) but I decided not to eat too much or else I will fall asleep at the office hah..hah...
I enjoyed my meal although I find that the flavors of the curry and mutton varuval here is more muted compared to the ones I have had elsewhere. It seemed to lack depth of flavor. Total damage RM27.85.
I decide to come back to try the briyani rice.
It was just a matter of adding RM1.50 and since I was at it, might as well add another RM2.00 for the Mango Lassi.
This Mango Lassi is not made from fresh mangoes (tasted of commercial cordial) but that did not stop me from enjoying this refreshing drink.
As I mentioned earlier, the curries lacked punch and the same could be said for the briyani rice. It was aromatic but flavors were not bold enough.
However, the Chicken 65 was magnificent.
It was served piping hot from the kitchen, fried until very crispy and yet the chicken morsels were tender and moist. This I loved a lot though it was a tad salty.
There was one whole egg in the briyani, yay! This meal was more filling that the first one. Even though the vegetables are refillable, I simply could not eat anymore.
This lunch cost me RM24.30.