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. 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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