Banana Leaf Rice is a widely beloved dish especially among Malaysians living in the Klang Valley. This is because one can never go wrong with Banana Leaf Rice. What is more satisfying than having steamed rice drenched in a variety of curries and served with 3 to 5 vegetables, pickles, and papadum.
While there are more Banana Leaf Rice eateries now than ever before, there are only a hand full of notable ones that are worth your time and taste buds.
With that being said, here are 10 Best Banana Leaf Rice Restaurantss In KL & PJ That Is Not Sri Nirwana Maju or Devi’s Corner.
P/S: NO! Sri Nirwana Maju and Devi’s Corner will not be on this list as they are overexposed and overrated (in our opinion).
1. Sri Ganapathi Mess @ Seksyen 1, PJ
Sri Ganapathi Mess is in-arguably the best Banana Leaf Rice restaurant in the Klang Valley. What makes them stand out from the rest is their incredibly robust curries and the authentic ingredients used. Their crab rassam and fried squid/calamari is a must-try. Staying true to its authenticity, Sri Ganapathi Mess is operated in an actual single-storey corner lot home in PJ Old Town.
Address: 47, Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 11AM – 4PM, Daily
2. Masala Wheels @ Seksyen 1, PJ
Masala Wheels started as a food truck that offered South Indian and Sri Lankan specialties. They branched out to a Banana Leaf Rice restaurant two years ago. The Sri Lankan influence in their dishes certainly makes this a must-try restaurant. While you’re here, make sure you try their potted biryani (which available on Sundays) and masala prawn.
Address: 2, Jalan 1/3A, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 11.30AM – 3PM
3. Puchong Chettinad Mess @ Puchong
Located 20-minutes away from Petaling Jaya, Puchong Chettinad Mess is the best Banana Leaf Rice eatery in Puchong. They use fresh ingredients straight from South India which results in a delicious spread of authentic home cooked meal. While it is not located in PJ or KL, Puchong Chettinad Mess certainly deserves to be in this list for its taste alone.
Address: 11-1, Jalan Puteri 7/9, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong
Operating Hours: 11.30AM – 2.30PM, Weekdays
4. Acha Curry House @ Bukit Gasing, PJ
Acha Curry House is Petaling Jaya’s worst kept secret as the restaurant has no apparent signage but always crowded during lunch hours. It is famous among folks from Petaling Jaya as the ultimate place to get their Banana Leaf Rice cravings fixed. Their wide array of curries certainly stood them out from the rest. Two of the unique curries are onion curry and salted fish curry. Don’t leave without trying their special ikan bilis sambal.
Address: 271, Jalan 5/51, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 7.30AM – 4.30AM, Daily
5. Aunty Manju’s @ TTDI, KL
When you talk about Banana Leaf Rice in TTDI, people often think about Aunty Manju’s. The best part about this restaurant is they serve 5 vegetarian side dishes instead of the usual 3. Sometimes you can find unique vegetables like fried beetroot! On top of that, their Mutton Bone Marrow Curry is among the best you can find in town.
Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 KL
Operating Hours: 7AM – 12AM, Daily
6. 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
7. Nagasari Curry House
This restaurant is located in Bukit Bintang (behind Hotel Istana) and it’s always buzzing with locals and tourists. Banana leaf rice is served all day long but it’s highly recommended to comes during lunch for optimum freshness Apart from that, you can find other customers enjoying roti canai, thosai and apam for breakfast.
Address: Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 24 Hours
8. Appu Uncle Curry House
Appu Curry House is famed for their ‘Fierce-Like-Wife Fish Head Curry’, but over the years they have made a name for themselves as a go-to banana leaf rice spot in Damansara Jaya. While getting your banana leaf rice fix, do try out their unique dishes such as Crab Mango Curry and Mutton Dalca.
Address: 3, Ground Floor, Jalan SS22/19, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 7AM – 4PM, 6PM – 9PM
9. Yap Kee Banana Leaf Klang
Yap Kee is perhaps the oldest banana leaf rice in the entire Klang Valley. According to the owner Mr Yap, the coffeeshop has been operating since 1923, that is almost 100 years! If you’re looking for wide spread of dishes in Yap Kee, this might not be your kind of banana leaf rice as in Yap Kee as they only serve one and the same vegetable everyday. Their must try side dish is the fried fish.
Address: 26, Jalan Besar, Klang
Operating Hours: 10.00AM – 4.00PM
10. Bala’s Banana Leaf Rice
From its humble beginning as a tosai stall at Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Bala’s Banana Leaf Rice is currently located at a corner lot shop at Taman Lucky Bangsar. The restaurant is spacious and well-ventilated which always make it a treat to dine in. If you have some rooms to spare in your stomach, do try their pink colour Beetroot Tosai!
Address: 21, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Lucky Garden, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 7.00AM – 12.00AM