I merely thought they would put banana leaves on our plates, I didn't expect them to actually place just a banana leaf in front of each of us. It was really no problem, just be aware of the boundaries so you don't mistakenly place platters on top of your dinner.
I've just tried Banana Leaf one time a few years back and frankly I don't remember much of what I ate here. After finding out that our staple dishes were unavailable in another resto, I suggested we dine here instead.
I usually love honey garlic marinades so I liked the Honey Garlic Spareribs (P238). It was sweet with just a tiny tinge of ail despite the shower of garlic bits on the pork. I souse the meat some more before taking a bite of that delicious combination of flavors. My teeth played tag with the bones and it can get in the way of some good porcine meat. Nonetheless, I happily nibbled on some more just to get that nice blend of honey and bulbous herb.
The Penang Fried Rice with Salted Fish and Chicken (P188) was your usual tumble of dry long grains, carrot bits, orbs of green peas, ribbons of omelette with bits of spices here and there and the occasional flecks of meat.
I really loved the Pad Thai Banana Leaf Style (P188), which danced on a thin line of savory and sweet. Each flat, broad noodle carried much flavor only enhanced by the jungle of julienned carrots, cabbage, fried tofu, bean sprouts and a scattering of crushed peanuts. I found myself getting additional servings in between entrees.
I thought the Half Hainanese Chicken (P298) to be dry. The meat looked sorry and pale, it wasn't in the least bit appetizing to look at. I could even see some pink marks on the poultry, uninviting would be an understatement. The soy sauce, flashing red chili and pounded garlic ensconced in a juxtaposed trio of sauce dish even failed to give the dish more excitement.
The Malayan Beef Curry with Potatoes (P278) was surprisingly enjoyable. It wasn't outstandingly spectacular -none of the dishes really were- but they were more than decent and reasonable enough for the price. Strips of beef gracefully floated in a serene current of pale yellow curry, nuances in color evident in the swirls between flotsam and jetsam. There were dices of potatoes staying adrift though I ignore them. I didn't want its starchy texture to meddle with the low viscosity of the curry sauce. Best paired with plain rice though I eat it with the Penang one just the same, it hit the right touch of spiciness on my heat-o-meter scale.
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