Don’t be mad at us for the pun we used in our title, we were just trying to sound fun. Is it working or do you find it lame? Well, we’re sorry if it’s too lame but don’t worry this list right here is totally not lame at all, in fact, it’s an awesome one! Trust us and let us bring you to the 8 Best Banana Leaf Restaurants in Penang that are totally a must-try! You’d be surprised something as simple as rice on a piece of banana leaf with yummy sides like an assortment of vegetables, pickles, appalam and other regional condiments is sometimes the perfect remedy to a bad day.
8 Banana Leaf Restaurants In Penang That Are So Good You Can’t Be-leaf It!
1. Passion Of Kerala
I feel like there’s a need for me to say that this is the real OG in the game of banana leaf, I’m not even kidding! This place is pure awesomeness and has since established a reputation for themselves because of their super good and delightful banana leaf! That’s not even our favourite part, the sides they offer to go with the banana leaf – fried squid, fried bitter gourd to chicken masala are legit to-die-for as well!
📍 New World Park, 40, Jalan Burma, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕒 12PM-3.30PM, 6.30PM-10.30PM (Daily)
2. Veloo Villas
For more than 50 years Veloo Villa stood and is still standing strong as one of the few restaurants in Penang that offers banana leaf rice, the favourite of South Indian delicacy of many. Alike South Indian cuisine, this restaurant offers a variety of roti such as thosai and naan bread. But the highlight of the shop would be their banana leaf rice. Exciting side dishes with rice drenched under the spiced variety of curries, you can’t miss this!
📍 No.22, Penang St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
🕒 7AM-10PM (Daily)
3. Muthu’s Traditional Indian Banana Leaf Rice
It’s a little tricky to locate this place, but don’t worry we’ll guide you, just follow close okay! This popular little Indian eatery is located on Acheen Street, facing Armenian Park. There is no signboard outside or anywhere of its name – just look out for its yellow walls and pink door- and window-frames on 143 Acheen Street. Though hidden, with heaps of rice over at the centrepiece drenched in curry and delicious sides, you’ll keep coming back for more!
📍 143, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕒 11AM-3PM (Daily)
4. The Garden Banana Leaf
Authentic Indian cuisine is all about spices, herbs and strong flavours, this place is no exception. People can’t help going back for more after their first time trying. Surrounded by greeneries, enjoy a cooling meal with their super soul-fulfilling banana leaf. On the note, vegetable sides are different every day so drop in for a surprise today! On Friday, they serve special Vege Biryani Rice, advisable to be there early!
📍 50, Jalan Free School, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕒 12PM-3PM (Closed on Sunday)
5. Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant
Sri Ananda Bahwan is most people’s go-to place for Indian cuisine – from your favourite tandoori chicken to naan, you can find basically anything you’re looking for there! One of the things you should be trying while you’re there is definitely their banana leaf! Steamy rice with sides that are excitingly unique every time, you’ll be satisfied in no time at all! Be sure to order their butter chicken masala for a more amazing experience! Careful, hot!
📍 52, Penang St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
🕒 7AM-11PM (Daily)
Another on the list that you definitely cannot afford to miss! It is located at the bustling streets of Penang Road, well-known for serving for serving a pleasant mixture of aromatic Indian meals with Malaysian delights that are familiar with the locals. No wonder locals can’t seem to get enough of this place. They serve their banana rice with three generous scoops of their vegetable sides that are sure to fill your stomach to the max!
📍 Jalan Penang, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕒 7AM-11PM (Daily)
7. Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant
Committed to serving vegetarian food only, they’re one of the best banana leaf restaurants in town! This neat and tidy place offers so much more than just comfort to the souls but also to the stomachs because of the quality and time they put into serving their food! Try their banana leaf with biryani rice to add a little tingling and exciting colour to your taste buds!
📍 60, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
🕒 8.30AM-10PM (Daily)
8. Shushi Banana Leaf Restaurant
Tucked blissfully in one of the most happening streets in this island, you find this place serving seriously good thali style set lunch on a banana leaf – what’s not to love! Tasteful with very little money, your pocket will thank you and you can thank us later! Looking for an authentic Indian cuisine experience surrounded by others that share the same wish as you? Look nowhere else but here!
📍 71 A, Penang St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang.
🕒 12PM-9PM (Daily)
We’ve done our part of introducing these 8 amazing banana leaf restaurants to you guys, so do your part now of trying them all! A little trick to make banana leaf tastier, always use your hands to eat them! But don’t forget to wash your hands first!
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