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Banana Leaf in Cary

sierrarot328i | Nov 7, 201308:27 PM

Finally a proper Cantonese restaurant in the Triangle!

It is at the former location of Bombay Beijing off Cary Towne Blvd and Walnut St. They opened up approx three weeks ago. I know the name sounds like one of those South Pacific, Thai restaurants. Well they do serve a few dishes like "Malaysia Special Shrimp Noodles Soup", "Thai Spicy and Sour Shrimp" and Pad Thai but deep in the root it's a Cantonese restaurant.

Being a Hong Kong/Cantonese restaurant one must have a strong selection of seafood dishes and they do have a decent amount of selections such as Squid with Chili and Black Bean Sauce, Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops with XO Sauce and Typhoon Shelter Shrimp (to learn more about the typhoon shelter style seafood visit Along with seafood they serve roast duck, Peking Duck, Black Pepper Beef Shortribs and Salted Fish, Chicken and Eggplant Casserole. During lunch hours they have lunch specials for $6.35 and a few noodle soup bowls for $7.95.

Tried the Chicken Pan Fried Noodles, Beef chow fun and Fried Fish Filet and Tofu Casserole last weekend and they were all great but could be saltier in general. The noodles could have fried a bit longer, the fish filet could have been crispier and too much ginger on the chow fun gravy but that's just nitpicking on a busy Saturday night.

The owners/managers, Candy and Tony and one of the chefs are from Hong Kong. Had a chat with Candy this afternoon and she told me if planned ahead of time, chef could whip up a proper Cantonese banquet meal, from soup to dessert. Speaking of banquets they've got two big round tables with lazy susan and each table can seat ten easily.

Finally, desserts. Cantonese are serious about soupy desserts. To name a few: Red bean soup, Mung bean soup, Purple Yam with Taipioca and Coconut Milk and Black Sesame Purée, etc. On weekends they serve complimentary desserts at the end of the meal. I know many people feel soupy deserts are disgusting... Oh well...

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