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kennykang
11-10-2004, 07:42 PM
Where to find the best Indian banana leaf in SJ/USJ/Sunway area? My family and I used to frequent one Bharath restaurant in Taipan years ago where they served one of the best curry mutton chops, fried ikan bulus and fried diced chicken. Their rava thosai is also one of the best I've eaten. I think the restaurant has changed ownership twice and the food is not the same anymore. Anyone know where the original owner has moved to?

bslee
11-10-2004, 08:09 PM
I think Barath has closed!..been closed for sometime now.. anyone has more accurate news? I used to like their food too!..and they were the ONLY banana leaf shop that charged 5% governtment tax..till it was temporarily abolished last year!.

Guess you go to Kavita's in PJ.. can use the Pantai Expressway to get there rather than Federal Highway.

lord
12-10-2004, 09:03 AM
Barath has probably retired from the food biz, I think. They have closed their KLCC, Damansara and USJ outlets. No news of his whereabouts at all.

If you like banana-leaf food, try the following outlets.

1. Jayasri - USJ 9, same row with Ramses Cafe and oppsite that big prawn noodle shop. Clean, varieties and very home-made kind of taste. Try their chicken peretel with thick gravy. Goes well with steaming hot rice.

2. Sri Dewi - SS15, same row with Maybank and Public Bank. Thier food has improved a lot. Good variety.

Bon-apetit..

Pets=Friends
12-10-2004, 09:42 AM
I know you asked for SJ/USJ/Sunway places but you gotta check this place out - Sri Pandii, Jalan 11/10 near University Hospital. So far, the best banana leaf rice I've eaten, big crowd during lunch, lotsa of variety, chicken fish fried on the spot, very fast service.

Highly recommended.

http://www.streetdirectory.com/kl/kl_altavista.cgi?x=406103&y=344617&level=5

jeya
12-10-2004, 09:47 AM
The one on the other end is as equally good I guess...i see the nasi lemak is a hit with the customers ..maybe its sambal, will check it out soon.

kennykang
13-10-2004, 11:03 PM
Thanks, guys for the recommendations. Will definitely go over and try this weekend. Hope their curries are "kaw-kaw". Good curries must have the strong smell lingering in my fingers at least until dinner time! :)

mysticalangel
14-10-2004, 10:43 AM
There's also a Sri Pandi on Jln Gasing, next to La Salle School. The telur ikan is nice. They're open from 7am-10pm daily but next week don't knowlah coz puasa starting liao....

kennykang
16-10-2004, 03:06 PM
Just came back from lunch at Jayasri USJ9. Nothing fantastic, really. The 3 types of curry too watery and lack of flavour. The fried stuffs cold and nothing to shout about. My wife decided not to have the rice after seeing the dishes on display and opted for the rava thosai instead. Complained it's too thick and not crispy.

bslee
16-10-2004, 03:19 PM
I tend to notice a trend that the food dishes are always cold or not warmed in the later hours after lunch or dinner. Most shops don't bother on having the dishes or curries served hot. Cold curries are certainly not nice to consume. not to mention stone cold rasam.

Perhaps it's why sometimes I do pack back the dishes seperately and reheat them before eating. Yes, it's tedious but it's not often I get the food served the way I desire.

kennykang
31-10-2004, 03:31 PM
Thanks, PETS=FRIENDS and JEYA for the recommendations. Went to Sri Pandii near Universiti Hospital yesterday. The place is at Jalan 11/4 actually, not Jalan 11/10 but nvm I manage to find the place after 10 mins search. Food was good and prices VERY reasonable. The standard rice and vege dishes, stuffed salted chillies, curries, resam + 3 types crackers only RM3.50 compared to RM4.50 at most places. Total bill for 1 serving of rice + 1 garlic naan, 1 fried chicken (whole drumstick+thigh), chicken masalla, fried ikan tenggiri, 2 pcs fried ikan bulus (whiting) & teh-tarik only total RM21.90! That's what I call value for money! Will definitely go there again.

BTW, Bharath at Taipan has reopened and I think the management has changed again. Went to try last week. My advice is don't order their side dishes! Their prices are ridiculous. Imagine, their chicken masalla (served on a stainless steel plate the size of a CD) costs RM12.00! Sri Pandii's only costs RM3.00 :mad:

Sukhipanna
22-11-2004, 10:29 PM
[/QUOTE] BTW, Bharath at Taipan has reopened and I think the management has changed again. Went to try last week. My advice is don't order their side dishes! Their prices are ridiculous. Imagine, their chicken masalla (served on a stainless steel plate the size of a CD) costs RM12.00! Sri Pandii's only costs
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Went to Bharath and discovered the best way to order without being charged expensively! Instead of ordering dishes on a separate plate, have your rice and dishes all on a plate. The bill will come to RM4.50 for one vegie, one meat and rice. But if you were to order just a plate of chicken dish, you will be smack with an expensive bill. Our masala chicken cost us RM9.00 during lunch time!!!! In comparison with the plate of nasi campur that I had there which came to RM4.50! A lesson learnt here, and don't say I didn't share it with youl!

bslee
22-11-2004, 10:37 PM
I used to pack back from Barath, a chicken masala, rice & usual array of vege all in one. Still cost me 7 bucks the last time I went there and everytime before that. Maybe you got lucky if should they have "miscalculated"?..
With lamb, the same rice pack would have cost 8 bucks.

kennykang
11-12-2004, 02:02 PM
Passed by Bharath at USJ Taipan last week and noticed that it was closed again. This shop has reopened and closed so many times till I lost count. BTW, I was in Sri Kembangan recently and saw another Sri Pandii restaurant. I'm beginning to like their food and I wonder whether the food at the rest of their outlets are as good as the one near University Hospital.

bslee
13-12-2004, 01:38 AM
I'm in the opinion that Sri Paandi don't have a centralized kitchen so the food quality or taste would differ throughout their branches. From my past experiences the food is only best & a wide range only during lunchtime. They used to be a prudent choice when they were obscure. Times have changed and so have them too.
Reminds me of Raju in Sect 5, PJ.. its been ages since..

ksj_cool
14-12-2004, 03:04 PM
Mr Kanny, if you don't mind spending then the best restaurant in town is GEMS. It is located along Jalan Tun Sambanthan and has a branch in Damansara Utama too. Their side dishes are expensive but go for their thali meals or the set lunch...just class above the rest. Finish off with a manggo lassi...hmmmmmmmmmma... For the moment, banana leaf king is still Sri Pandi but there is Jaipur in TDI...fovorite hangout for a lot of chinese...there will be fierce competition come Jan..when Sri Pandi is opening its outlet two doors away.....Happy Eating brother....

Chia Hak Soon
14-12-2004, 03:54 PM
I just had banana leaf lunch at Kanna Section 19 beside Liza De Inn Hotel.
5 pax and we ordered the following;-

2 pcs chicken thighs cut and shared,1 dics size sotong redang,5 pcs quartered tenggeri fish , 2 plate kambing and 5 nasi sayur ( rice with vegs and sauce) and 5 plain water.

Here is the bill;-

5 rice-----Rm22.50
5 pcs fish-Rm20-00
2 chicken-Rm9-00
2 kambing-Rm9-00
1 sotong--Rm4-00

Total-----Rm64.50

add Govt tax RM3.25

Pay-----Rm67.70

Divide by 5 --Rm13.54 per pax.

Food is not as good as Sri Pandi Section 11. and price horrible.
Please Avoid. Sri Pandi at Section 11 , for same food and more vegs and taste, you can get it at Rm7.50 plus teh o limau ice includedper pax.

Chia Hak Soon
14-12-2004, 04:10 PM
Hi, I forgot to tell you that after the lunch at Kanna , my colleague warned as foollows;-

Her friend knows the boss of Kayu Mamak and the boss told him not to eat nasi kandar often as they uses the cheapest oil which is not healthy.

So you see the truth is out,you pay and enjoy and you see Doctor soon. :eek: :eek: :eek:

Ski
14-12-2004, 04:13 PM
Hello
Let me give some tips when ordering Tamil food, if you are a small eater and dont need tambah rice and veges, then request your food to be servered on a tray or plate..then usually the food is cheaper than on a banana leaf.

Btw there are a few good banana leaf resturants in Petaling Gardens for you to explore.

Chia Hak Soon
15-12-2004, 10:19 AM
Ski, I was there 2 months ago , the shop next to a coffee shop facing a compound where they hold birds competition. Two person ,2 teh ice limau,
1 smallest fish head ( really small) 1 fried chicken leg and vegs, 52-00.!!!

Food no good and vow not to go there anymore. The other corner is Krisnan
my classmate from Muar. Indian food with all sorts of poetic display on wall.
I am not keen on his food either.

I think the original banana leaf petaling garden 20 years ago has left and may be this one is his next generation. :confused:

kennykang
15-12-2004, 12:06 PM
Mr Kanny, if you don't mind spending then the best restaurant in town is GEMS. It is located along Jalan Tun Sambanthan and has a branch in Damansara Utama too. Their side dishes are expensive but go for their thali meals or the set lunch...just class above the rest. Finish off with a manggo lassi...hmmmmmmmmmma... For the moment, banana leaf king is still Sri Pandi but there is Jaipur in TDI...fovorite hangout for a lot of chinese...there will be fierce competition come Jan..when Sri Pandi is opening its outlet two doors away.....Happy Eating brother....

Yo! brother ksj_cool call me Kenny will do lah, not Mr Kanny. You are changing me to an Indian just because I eat too much banana leaf rice, is it? :D Anyway, I admit I love this type of food. I mean what type of food can you find where you can have 3 types of vegetables in one meal? Even a 10-course Chinese dinner only serve 1 type of vegetable. At the moment, I agree with you that Sri Pandi is one of the best in terms of variety, taste and price but I shall try your recommendations at GEMS and Jaipur real soon.

bslee
15-12-2004, 12:20 PM
Her friend knows the boss of Kayu Mamak and the boss told him not to eat nasi kandar often as they uses the cheapest oil which is not healthy.

It's not surprising Kayu would do such!.I've given up on them long time ago also because of their obscene prices! Many of my friends have felt the pinch too & it hurts!

ksj_cool
15-12-2004, 06:22 PM
hey brather sorry lah..
anyway it was'nt intentional
try GEM's briyani, thali meal and mango lassi!
BTW, I don't own any shares in GEM :D

PeNNyPupZ
16-12-2004, 11:10 PM
hey is there such thing as banana leaf buffet or sumtin? haha just curious ;p

bslee
02-01-2005, 01:49 PM
Had sort of early dinner at Kavita's in PJ, Petaling Garden. Cost me exactly 10 bucks which consisted of:
1. Rice, 2 fish cutlets, 3 vege (served rather cold) mutton curry, poppadam, mug of rasam and lastly the teh tarik.

The fish cutlets were great (re-fried for served hot), rasam was good and mutton curry is excellent. Quality of popadams somewhat average to poor. Side tidbits like salty chili was poor (masuk angin).
Overall good but nothing to shout about. Perhaps the cutlets and mutton curry did the trick. I did see lamb curry and baked crab which looked delicious.

I miss Barath's in Taipan, they had excellent dishes despite the higher price and not much choice.

Anyone can tell me where else having excellent Indian fried fish cutlets, I always look out for these at all BL shops, but not many have them. My benchmark is the one at Raju's Sect 5 PJ, but that was a long time ago. It's the best I've tasted!. How I wish I could replicate it in my own kitchen!. :p

PeNNyPupZ
10-01-2005, 12:06 AM
Has anyone tried Melur Banana Leaf rice at USJ17 (behind honda carshop)... it's kinda cheap.. hehe

tykang
17-01-2005, 04:00 AM
My suggestion, why not try Lotus at Jalan Gasing. Probably most have hueard of Lotus however I stil prefers the taste at that particular outlet then the rest of the branch at Subang and Damansara.
Furthermore the waiters are all dress up with bow ties hehehe.

bslee
17-01-2005, 07:58 AM
Lotus used to be good 2 decades ago but I've heard of their scarry and exorbitant prices not to mention only average taste. :eek:
Been to Kavita's Curry House twice this week..not bad at all..come to think of it!. The mutton curry gravy on the rice was certainly very good. :p

idolfan
17-01-2005, 09:15 AM
bslee, further down the road before you turn right to Kavithas' , next two streets down on the right is a place called May n MIkes' ..

Try it.. its south indian MALAYALEE style cooking.. really tasty and varied choices of dishes..

Really worth a try for all south-indian food lovers ...

feisaldz
01-02-2005, 02:56 PM
try Nirwana in bangsar (same row as lotus bgsr)
ask for chicken masala and also the vege gravy (made out of spinach)

and lotus lebuh ampang...the banana leaf rice is excellent topped with masala coffee

Quarterback
02-02-2005, 01:15 PM
I went to Sri Pandi but find out the food not as good as you guys mention. I am not really expert into banana leaf rice. In fact, I will eat and continue to eat whichever I think is really good. Anyway, I think Kavita's and Raju are better compared to Sri Pandi.

lookman
13-02-2005, 12:41 PM
Hi all

Had nice lunch at Nirwana .... Bangsar ... great food. Loved the spinach gravy.

Kinda expensive ... 5 persons, 2 plates of mutton, 1 fried chicken and 1 fried fish with 5 drinks ... RM 52 or could it be CNY pricing.

Loved the condiments which came with the rice, veggies, fried veggies, pickled chilli ......

Yummy ......

suresh77
16-02-2005, 05:41 PM
about sri devi in ss 15..the food there are quite ok...but the service there is bad..and yea...its quite crowded..but somehow i dun mind the crowd in sri paandi in PJ, Jalan Gasing, it's worth the wait... :D

idolfan
21-07-2005, 09:37 AM
Dropped by for thosai yesterday evening.. wow.. lots of drama.

Right next door a "competitor" has opened up with the same name and even the workers have donned the same color uniform.. heard that the "competitor" is a partners' son.. hearsay

These guys have apparently been watching too much Tamil dramas' on Vaanavil. I guess in Bolehland anything is possible.
Hope there is no blood shed.
Service is up a notch at the original Paandi. But the new Paandi looks brighter and cleaner..

kokomo
21-07-2005, 05:47 PM
Hi all

Had nice lunch at Nirwana .... Bangsar ... great food. Loved the spinach gravy.

Kinda expensive ... 5 persons, 2 plates of mutton, 1 fried chicken and 1 fried fish with 5 drinks ... RM 52 or could it be CNY pricing.

Loved the condiments which came with the rice, veggies, fried veggies, pickled chilli ......

Yummy ......

I totally agree wif you ... their food is tasty and curry is hot stuff .. :D If don't order only red meats / chicken then I guess the price is just okay ... what do you expect? The place is in Bangsar ... need to cover for their rental also ... :)

patrick
22-07-2005, 10:19 PM
2 issues:

1. Anyone of you tried the Manja Rest at University Garden? Heard from some
that it's pretty good. Yet to try it.

2. There is one pretty good banana leaf rest at 30 SS14/2. It's called Sri
Vijayam. It's opposite the banking row in SS 15. It's a simple restaurant but
BS seem to like it after I brought him there once. In fact, I took him there
again on his request not long after the first trip. That's pretty good
testimonial huh? Maybe you want to give it a try? Oh..definitely WONT cost
you an arm or a leg !!!

Chermaine
25-07-2005, 09:21 AM
Yes Patrick!!!! me and hubby tried this banana leaf rice (SS14) 2 weeks back.
Quite nice and clean environment.

Ski
27-09-2005, 05:51 PM
Selvam's stall next to Peking Hotel at Brickfields that Bs Lee mentioned is famous for its delicious fried fish and chicken from the hot frying pan and also their spicy chicken{varavel} is also something special.

bslee
27-09-2005, 07:13 PM
Selvam's stall next to Peking Hotel at Brickfields that Bs Lee mentioned is famous for its delicious fried fish and chicken from the hot frying pan and also their spicy chicken{varavel} is also something special.

I'd like to add that their Indian fish cutlets are a generous big piece..size of a burger..no joke!..worth the $!
Goto other shops, cutlet no bigger than an egg and that's somewhat RM3 -3.50/pc...no value here..