Banana Leaf Rice is a popular meal in Malaysia, particularly among Klang Valley residents. This is because Banana Leaf Rice is always a winner. What could be more satisfying than steaming rice covered in a variety of curries and accompanied by 3 to 5 veggies, pickles, and papadum?
While there are more Banana Leaf Rice restaurants than ever before, there are only a few noteworthy ones worth your time and money.
As a result, here are 10 of the best banana leaf rice restaurants in KL and PJ that aren’t Sri Nirwana Maju or Devi’s Corner.
1. Curry Leaf Restaurant @ Damansara Uptown
Curry Leaf Restaurant’s outlet in PJ is well-known among residents of Seremban, where it first established shop, and serves authentic northern and southern Indian cuisine. Four vegetable dishes are served with each serving of banana leaf rice. Chicken varuval, sambal squid, fried tenggiri, bendi masala, and mutton vindaloo are all popular add-ons. Many admirers of palak paneer, a dish of creamy cottage cheese in spinach gravy, have returned time and time again.
Address: 75, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily
Contact: 03 7726 5880
2. Masala Wheels @ Seksyen 1, PJ
Masala Wheels began as a food truck serving South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Two years ago, they opened a Banana Leaf Rice restaurant. The Sri Lankan influence in the restaurant’s food makes it a must-visit. Make sure to try their potted biryani (served on Sundays) and masala prawn while you’re here.
Address: 2, Jalan 1/3A, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 11.30AM – 3PM
3. Bala’s Banana Leaf @ Bangsar
Bala’s Banana Leaf, which is located adjacent to CIMB Bank in Bangsar’s bustling Lucky Garden, is generous with its vegetables—and refills are free if you’re still hungry after eating what’s on your plate. Without being excessively salty or fatty, the curry is flavorful and thick. The Instagrammable beetroot thosai, which has a lovely purple pink tint, is another signature dish at this eatery. Friendly and efficient service is likewise well-known.
Address: 25, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8am – 9pm daily
Contact: 017 862 2759
4. Acha Curry House @ SS2 (moved from Bukit Gasing)
When craving a substantial banana leaf lunch, this is one of many Malaysians’ favourite restaurants. If you go to Acha, you must sample their famous anchovies sambal. It has the perfect balance of spice, sweetness, and saltiness—all in one! Fried tenggiri fish, deep fried bitter gourd, and fried squid are just a few of the signature foods you should try. Not only that, but there are four different varieties of vegetarian sides from which to choose. Finally, many people recommend dredging your rice with the two popular curry gravies—salted fish curry and crab curry.
Address: 42, Jalan SS 2/4a, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily
Contact: 012 273 5096
5. Puchong Chettinad Mess @ Puchong
Puchong Chettinad Mess is the best Banana Leaf Rice eatery in Puchong, located 20 minutes from Petaling Jaya. They use fresh South Indian ingredients, resulting in a delectable range of authentic home-cooked meals. Puchong Chettinad Mess, while not being in PJ or KL, deserves to be on our list for its taste alone.
Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 7am – 8pm daily
Contact: 03 7733 5954
6. Moorthy’s Mathai Indian Rice Stall @ Brickfields, KL
This is a self-serve banana leaf rice restaurant in Brickfields’ Money’s Corner food court. It works in the same way as your neighbourhood zhap fan (economy rice) shop does, with a good selection of meals to go with your rice. If you’re short on time, the fried chicken and mutton curry are sure to delight.
Address: 144A, Jalan Vivekananda, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 11am – 3.30pm daily
Contact: 012 288 0940
7. Aunty Manju’s @ TTDI, KL
When people in TTDI think of Banana Leaf Rice, they usually think of Aunty Manju’s. The best thing about this restaurant is that instead of the normal three vegetarian side dishes, they provide five. Unique veggies, such as fried beetroot, are occasionally available. Furthermore, their Mutton Bone Marrow Curry is among the best in the city.
Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 KL
Operating Hours: 7AM – 12AM, Daily
8. Vishal Food & Catering @ Brickfields, KL
In a’mess hall’ environment, where long rows of tables are scattered throughout in a communal manner, the restaurant serves banana leaf rice. If you can’t take the heat, be aware that spicy and aromatic curries are the standard. Their famed fried snake bitter gourd, fried chicken, fried tenggiri fish, chicken varuval, and mutton varuval are among the side dishes to order. Expect delayed service during lunchtime, as they may get very full; parking can also be a difficulty.
Address: 22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily
Contact: 03 2274 1995
9. Sri Ganapathi Mess @ PJ Old Town
When word got out about this eatery’s highly rated crab rasam, it became the buzz of the town. The eatery, which is housed and has no signs, was formerly a hidden gem but is now packed with customers. Parboiled rice, four assorted vegetable dishes, and papadum are included in the classic rice package. Try their unique side dishes, like as fried calamari, squid sambal, mutton varuval, and crab masala, for a homey feast. Although it is a tad on the pricier side, the experience and delicious food you will receive more than compensate.
Address: 47, Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 11am – 4pm daily
Contact: 016 279 1384
10. Mollagaa Restaurant
If you’re looking for a good Banana Leaf Rice eatery around Lebuh Ampang, Mollagaa Restaurant would be worth checking out. While they are known for their authentic South Indian cuisine, their Banana Leaf Rice is quite underrated. A typical Banana Leaf Rice here is served with 6 (sometimes 7 or 8) awesome curries and each side vegetables are burst with flavours.
Address: 50A, Lebuh Ampang, 50100, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 11AM – 10AM, Daily