-By Rashmi Uday Singh
To travel through South India without leaving the thali at your table, visit Andheri's neat, no-frills (functional table and bench decor), pure-veggie Banana Leaf (blessings from Tirupathi Balaji placed upfront). You'll go bananas over the flavoursome Malabar Curry and Appam here but don't stop there! The fieriness of the Andhra chilli, the silkiness of the coconut-infused Kerala delights, the tanginess of tamarind from Tamil Nadu will, in turn, titillate your taste buds. Chettinad Biryani, Hyderabad Tomato Korma Idli, Mulgai Idli are some of the stars here. Idlis (Tokiyal and Poriyal) are rendered with their own subtle nuances. Superbly crisp Potato Medu Vada offers a taste of Karnataka. Do try the Ragi and Neer Dosas, as well as the Kerala Parota. End with the refreshingly cooling Thairu Sadam, my favourite Yelami Cham Sadham and Lemon Rice are noteworthy too. The tender coconut Elaneer Payasam is a must try. The choices are diverse, but in almost every instance, they deliver. Please note: the regular thali is priced at Rs. 250.rnP.S. As the book goes to press, I am informed that they plan to open new outlets in Thane and Santacruz SV Road (next to Dhanabhai jewellers) in the next two months.rn
Review posted within last 6 month
Had turned veggie for a few days so banana leaf was definitely on the cards
The coconut water is must order to enjoy and complement all meals here .
It is not your typical south India restaurant .. But more of a very good authentic south - dosa diner .
Some amazing recommended dosas
1) the slightly spicy but yummy Kara masala dosa
2) the Chettinadu masala dosa
3) the appam with Chettinadu
They are very generous on the sambhar and chatani department
A very nice clean and classy place .
Review posted within last 6 month
Craving for some really nice South-Indian food in a nice and quiet ambience?.. then Banana Leaf is the place for you, esp if you are in the western suburbs. What I like best about this place is their amazing variety of south Indian dishes. From a wide range of Idlis, Dosas and Uttapams to a huge variety of South-Indian daals and vegetable dishes with Rice, Appam, Neer Dosas and so much more..
Food: It’s a pure veg restaurant, with great variety and the food is really nice. The food is served on plates with a freshly cut Banana leaf on it! And although, I have liked most things here but I particularly loved the Rassam here and the Yelneer Payasam in dessert(with tender coconut and dry fruits) . The mini thalis are good too.
Service: Very well co-ordinated and extremely fast service. Food is served on the table within a few minutes of placing the order. There are sufficient number of staff and they are very helpful.
Ambience: The Interiors are done up well with a south Indian touch. Overall, its somewhere in between an Udupi restaurant and a fine-dine one and is cleaner, quieter and more spacious than the Udupi ones with nice spread out comfortable seating.
Value for Money: With Mini Thalis within Rs200 and the fancy Uttapams and Dosas within Rs150, I think it’s fairly good value for money considering the quality, service and the ambience of the place.
Overall it is good and I think you must give it a try. I would definitely go back to this place again when I am in the mood for some good veg food. :)
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Yelneer Payasam
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