Friday, June 12, 2015

Curry Leaf @ Damansara Uptown

For evidence that Curry Leaf has captured the imagination of dramatically diverse demographics, simply walk into this Damansara Uptown restaurant on a Friday night - you'll find families enjoying a biryani dinner, friends of all ages, genders & races sharing platters of tandoori meat, plus couples & solo patrons snapping cellphone photos of their banana leaf rice meals.

The reason for the customer enthusiasm becomes clear once a server stops by & starts doling out the pickles, chillies & veggies like eggplant, okra, pumpkin & cabbage for your banana leaf rice (RM6-RM6.50; choose from white rice or biryani). Curry Leaf's founders know their stuff, having done this for nearly two decades - their original outlet has operated in Seremban since the 1980s, & their first Klang Valley branch remains run by the same family, serving the recipes they've long mastered.

If you're ordering a la carte dishes, the selection is staggering enough to satisfy a starving battalion, from a luscious claypot fish head curry (starting at RM35 onwards) to creamy-savoury sambal petai prawns (RM13) to sumptuously hearty, protein-powered platters of tandoori chicken (RM19.90) & fried fare of prawns, squid & Chicken 65 (RM28).

We're fans of Curry Leaf's striking rendition of Kashmiri naan, crowned with fresh mango & dried fruits (RM6.50). You'll want lots of bread & rice - naan stuffed with potato masala (RM5) or mutton varuval biryani (RM9) maybe - to partner the likes of chicken tikka masala (RM11), kurma & other gravy-soaked specialities from the 250-item (!) menu. Flavours here feel well-balanced, with fulfilling textures. Wash down with orange, banana or pineapple lassi. Many thanks to Curry Leaf for hosting us.

Curry Leaf Restaurant
75, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open daily, 7am-10pm. Tel: 03-7726-5880


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12 comments:

  1. Our fav banana leaf rice place in Seremban :)

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    1. Baby Sumo: i've heard it's really admired and highly respected in seremban! :)

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  2. I saw petai! Mr. LFB will love this, hehe.

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    1. CK: haha, i also love petai :D

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  3. AnonymousJune 13, 2015

    Oooo...my girl loves banana leaf. She would surely want to come here if ever we go over! So many foreigners, must be really good. We so love Indian - just had some the other day but too bad, there's no banana leaf here. Not that many Indians around.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i must confess, i only occasionally eat indian food ... and banana leaf rice, maybe only once every few years. i do enjoy it when i have it though! :D

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  4. Ooo...I've passed this restaurant many times but have not gone in. Thanks for the peek inside. Wow, that's a lot of food....can feed 10 people, I think! But what is chicken 65? :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, we really wanted to finish all this food, cos it was very good and well-prepared, but our stomachs gave up in the end! :) chicken 65 is spicy fried chicken :D

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  5. My usual orders would be: salt lassi + chicken tandoori + garlic naan :D

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    1. Ken: that sounds like a good combo ... i'd add some dal to it though! :D

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  6. Sounds like a good option whenever I'm craving for tandoori! :D

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    1. Rebecca: only a short drive from your place in taman tun! :)

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