Banana Leaf – Miri, Malaysia

Went to Miri for a day trip w a couple cousins n a friend. The driver (Jean) kept going on about the Nasi Lemak @ Banana Leaf, so we figured it would be a good lunch spot~

The restaurant is open air, with a lot of seating.

Menu is simple with two pages and a good selection. I noticed that there were banners advertising the “famous” fish head curry.

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We didn’t order the fish head curry because it seemed too much for a lunch. We ended up with too  much food anyways!

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Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (Fried Chicken) $6

I enjoyed every bit of this plate – the rice had good flavour, sambal (chili paste side) was sweet & spicy and the chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Nothing bad about this at all!

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Nasi Lemak Kambing (Mutton) $7.50

Rice & sambal are the same for both nasi lemaks. The mutton was delicious. It fell off the bone and had good amount of fat to it. yummm…

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Chicken Masala $6

I loved the sauce for this masala – but I preferred the lamb version because they use chicken breasts for this, which I found tasted a little dry. But the sauce was good over rice.

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Mutton Masala $7

My favourite of the day. The lamb chunks were fairly generous, and were falling off the bones. The sauce was almost similar to the mutton that came with the nasi lemak. The masala had a nice kick to it as well~

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Deep fried sotong (squid) $6

Pretty tasty calamari – not the typical coating but it was flavourful. A tad on the greasy side, but it was nice to get some crispy crunch in our meal especially with all the masala we got.

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Total Damage: RM$60 (including drinks & tax)

Personal Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Very good)

While eating, I noticed that most tables got a banana leaf as their plate (we just got plates that were made to look like banana leaves). Maybe we were not “local” and it was pretty obvious. My sis went with a couple friends, and she mentioned they got the leaves! That would have added nice flavour to the food (and a nice touch), if we got it too!

I was surprised at how good the food was at this establishment. I was convinced Jean hyped it up just so we would all head over there for lunch. I am rarely impressed by the universal South East Asian Nasi Lemak but I have to say I was.

Great food, pricey for Miri but I think it is worth it. I would definitely be craving the lamb masala! (And am gonna send my sis over to try the fish head curry)

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3 Responses to “Banana Leaf – Miri, Malaysia”

  1. SephXIII says:

    Btw, when we ordered the side dishes, we got them in a tin bowls. =( Yours is on nice white bowls. =( Hmph.

  2. Eddangel says:

    i need you to try the fish head curry and let me know how it is!

  3. Ony says:

    Hi! If you order Briyani rice.. then you got to eat on the real banana leaf! Went there yesterday and I definitely gonna go there next week!

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