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9 Places to indulge in a ‘dhal-icious’ spread of banana leaf rice in Klang Valley


By Adelina Tan

9 Places to indulge in a ‘dhal-icious’ spread of banana leaf rice in Klang Valley
No better time to get your cravings fixed than now! In no particular order, here are our recommendations:


Curry Leaf Restaurant @ Damansara Uptown


Well known among those living in Seremban, where it first opened shop, Curry Leaf Restaurant’s outpost in PJ serves authentic northern and southern Indian cuisine. Each serving of banana leaf rice comes with four vegetable dishes. Popular add-ons include the usual chicken varuval, sambal squid, fried tenggiri, bendi masala, and mutton vindaloo. The palak paneer has also amassed many fans who return again and again for this dish of creamy cottage cheese in spinach gravy.

Address: 75, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily

Contact: 03 7726 5880

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Bala’s Banana Leaf @ Bangsar


Located next to CIMB Bank in Bangsar’s bustling Lucky Garden, Bala’s Banana Leaf is generous with their vegetables—and refills are free, if you’re still feeling hungry after finishing what’s on your plate. The curry is flavourful and thick, wothout being overly salty or greasy. Another signatature food at this restaurant is the Instagrammable beetroot thosai, which has a pretty purplish pink hue. Service is also known to be friendly and efficient.

Address: 25, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 8am – 9pm daily

Contact: 017 862 2759


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Acha Curry House @ SS2 (moved from Bukit Gasing)



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This is one of many Malaysians’ adored places to dine at when they crave for a hearty banana leaf meal. If you’re visiting Acha, make sure to try their iconic anchovies sambal. It has the right amount of spiciness, sweetness and saltinessall combined into one! You also shouldn’t miss out on a few of these signature dishes such as fried tenggiri fish, deep fried bitter gourd, and fried squid. Not only that, there are four types of vegetarian sides that you can refill to your liking. Lastly, the two famous curry graviessalted fish curry and crab curry are vouched by many to drench your rice with.

Address: 42, Jalan SS 2/4a, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily

Contact: 012 273 5096


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Aunty Manju’s Home Of Banana Leaf @ TTDI


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A must-try! It is said that the mouth-watering recipes used in this restaurant originated from Aunty Manju herself. One of the assorted vegetables, tofu sambal, is loved by many for its appetising flavours that pack a punch. For side dishes, you should try their signature mutton bone marrow curry, freshly fried squid and the tender mutton varuval. Drench your rice with two types of curry graviesfish curry and chicken curry. On a side note, do plan your visit accordingly as the place gets crowded during lunch hour!

Address: 18, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 7am – 8pm daily

Contact: 03 7733 5954

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Moorthy’s Mathai Indian Rice Stall @ Brickfields, KL


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This is a self-service banana leaf rice eatery located within Money’s Corner food court in Brickfields. It operates like your local zhap fan (economy rice) shop where there is a good selection of dishes that you can choose to go with your rice. If you need help, the fried chicken and mutton curry are a crowd-pleaser.

Address: 144A, Jalan Vivekananda, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am – 3.30pm daily

Contact: 012 288 0940


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Puchong Chettinad Mess @ Bandar Puteri Puchong


This is a cosy and friendly space where everyone visits for a satisfying meal. The restaurant is located on the first floor of a shop lot. Look for a signboard that says ‘Chakra Catering Services’ and make your way upstairs. Despite its modest setting, the food comes in large portions at a reasonable price. Not to be missed are their chicken varuval, chicken 65 and curry squid!

Address: 11, Jalan Puteri 7/9, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong

Opening hours:

Tuesdy – Sunday: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Contact: 012 283 3788 | 012 404 3788

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Vishal Food & Catering @ Brickfields, KL


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The restaurant serves up banana leaf rice in a ‘mess hall’ setting where long rows of tables are strewn across in a communal way. Spicy and aromatic curries are the norm here, so be warned if you can’t stand the heat. Among the side dishes to order are their famous fried snake bitter gourd, fried chicken, fried tenggiri fish, chicken varuval, and mutton varuval. Be prepared for a slow service as they can get very busy during lunch hour; parking can be an issue as well.

Address: 22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily


Contact: 03 2274 1995


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Restoran Devi’s Corner @ Bangsar


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In the turf of Bangsar, two establishments reign supreme in the banana leaf rice game with Devi’s taking the crown for its signature crab curry, mutton curry and addictive fried snake bitter gourd. Heap scoops of fish curry gravy on your rice and you’re in for a heavenly meal. It can be difficult to find parking spots around that area though, so it’s best if you go early before lunch hour. Service might also be inconsistent during busy period.

Address: 14, Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 8am – 8pm daily

Contact: 012 267 6714


Sri Ganapathi Mess @ PJ Old Town


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This eatery became the talk of the town when word got out about its highly recommended crab rasam. Located in a house, the signage-less restaurant that was once a hidden gem is now crowded with customers. The traditional rice set comes with parboiled rice, four assorted vegetable dishes and papadum. For a homely meal, try their signature side dishesfried calamari, squid sambal, mutton varuval, and crab masala. Although it’s a little on the pricey side, the experience and the exquisite food you’re getting definitely makes up for it.

Address: 47, Jalan 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya

Opening hours: 11am – 4pm daily

Contact: 016 279 1384

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