18 March 2014

Branded Bawi Recommends: South Indian Thali at Banana Leaf

I will begin by saying this is not a comparison between the South Indian fare that is available in the suburbs to that available in Central and South Mumbai. Matunga remains and forever will remain undisputed king of South Indian cuisine. Having said that, there are a lot more options available this side of the Sea Link when it comes to good South Indian Food. 
I have been visiting Banana Leaf in Andheri, since 5 odd years now and the food has always been exceptionally good, and the restaurant packed to its brim. Apart from the regular Udipi fare of idli-dosa they serve traditional kormas, curries, appams, stews, and rice dishes like Bisibele bhaath. They also do crazy dosas like choco walnut dosa, pav bhaji dosa and even a Rajni dosa!
What I ate when I last went, and strongly recommend is their South Indian thali. This thali is not one of those unlimited, all-you-can eat ones, but that doesn't matter. It took two hungry women to get through the thali, and we still had leftovers after we were done.


South Indian Thali

The thali comes with two fluffy, fragrant appams and papad. The dishes include vegetable korma, pataal dal, malabar curry, rasam vada, tendli chana and curd. Special mention to the flavourful malabar curry which reminded me of an Indianised Thai curry. The rasam vada was also good, the rasam bursting with a tangy, spicy taste. We gorged on the Bisibele Bhaath inspite of being stuffed. For sweets we had payasam and mysore pak. I loved the jaggery filled payasam too.For Rs. 275/- plus taxes, its a moderately priced thali, and a good option if you're in the mood for some traditional South Indian fare in the suburbs.
Contact:
Address: Banana Leaf, Shubham CHS, Opposite Vikram Petrol Pump, Juhu Versova link road, 7 Bungalows, Andheri west, Mumbai.
Phone: 022-26239999.

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