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Shovelling Food At Banana Leaf

So the mogwai show was at the trocadero. So where does one eat before a show at the troc? Why banana leaf of course, since it’s conveniently next door. I would come up with any excuse to eat here though, if I’m going to be honest. It was a busy and hopping saturday night, as usual.

E got the pearl noodles. One of my favorite dishes there. What isn’t a favorite dish of mine here?
P got the pad thai. I was puzzled by why there was a heap of separate sprouts on his plate. I hadn’t seen this particular plating style before. I don’t remember him asking for his sprouts to be separate either. Seems random.

J got the beef chow fun. Looks like a giant portion, but he wolfed this down in seconds flat. He was really freakin hungry though. So maybe he’s just a pig.
I got the seafood scramble egg chow fun. I had gotten this once before, but I totally forgot that this is how it shows up, in a shallow pool of eggy gravy. I really like this, it’s just very dangerous on this flat plate. You can’t move it once it’s placed on the table. And you need to stick a tiny bit of hot sauce on it to give it a teensy bit more flavor.

Everything is good here. We had roti canai as well. The food came out quickly, as usual. And they kept filling our water glasses with practically every sip. You do feel a little rushed though. E especially felt this since she was the slowest eater of the bunch. Or maybe she eats normally, and the rest of us just open our mouths and shovel. After they had taken our plates away, and she was still eating, every time she took a bite, someone came over to see if she was done. It was hilarious. They do try to get you in and out of here quickly though, even though there are usually a couple of empty tables. I don’t think it’s out of rudeness or anything, they’re just efficient at getting people in and out. The servers always look to be itching to do something.
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More Bananas! Or Banana Leaf, At Least…

The great thing about going to Skeletor Karaoke Gong Show at the Trocadero is that it’s practically next door to Banana Leaf. And y’all know how much I love me some damn Banana Leaf.
So along with the regular menu, they also serve sushi. But I’ve never been compelled to get it. I figure if I want sushi, I would go to a sushi restaurant. Why eat sushi at a malaysian restaurant? Apparently, H/A doesn’t have these thoughts, and he gets sushi here all the time. He got a roll (forget the name), which was actually quite expensive, but quite tasty. I believe it had white tuna involved. I really liked this and would totally order it again, if I ever find out what this is called.
He also ordered the chili chicken, indian style. It was hilarious watching him try to eat this, as it was so damn spicy, that it was very hard for him to actually eat it, and he got totally sweaty in the face in the process. Eventually, he had to give up. If it isn’t fun to eat, then it’s just too damn spicy.
E likes pad thai so she went with that. She also got the tofu satay, which I love. But I do have to say that on that night, the tofu satay looked awful. Hence, no photo.
T showed up a bit late, and ordered the fried squid. Fried squid is more of an appetizer in my eyes, but but it seemed to make a good entree as well.
I tend to get a noodle dish here, so I did this time too. I got a chow fun with seafood and egg. The gravy itself was fairly bland so I got some chili oil and once I put a little of that on everything, it was great.
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Yes, I Go To Banana Leaf A Lot

During these trying economic times, it’s good to find free stuff to do. I’m good at it. Before attending a free comedy special taping at the Trocadero, we ate next door at Banana Leaf. Yes, again! I know, I’ve been here like 17 times in the past 2 weeks, but really, it is good and always convenient. I didn’t pick it either! Everybody likes it!
R got wonton soup again, and lo mein. T, our resident vegetarian, asked for a recommendation from our server. He wanted a noodle dish with vegetables. And with all the options, the server suggested pad thai. Pad thai! Are we in a thai restaurant? I found it strange. I’m not the hugest fan of pad thai, it’s too sweet for me. Which seems strange, as I love sweet foods.I went with the captains noodles, which was a wide flat rice noodle with some chicken and shrimp and veggies in a brown gravy. Nice and savory and something everyone can like. Something I noticed on my last trip to Banana Leaf – it is immensely difficult to understand what the servers there are saying. Man, I’m not sure why I didn’t notice before, but seriously, their english and their accents are just plain bad.
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