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Banyan Tree, Pleasant Hill

anli | Oct 16, 200406:11 PM

Husband and I were in the area looking for a quick bite for lunch. I remembered that a new Asian restaurant took the place where Dragon Well used to be, so we headed over to check out the menu. I figured if it didn't look good, we could always go to 3 Brothers around the corner. As it turns out, BT is a Singaporean/Malaysian/and some Thai restaurant. I hadn't had decent Sing/Malay food since Rasa Sayang in Albany/Berkeley disappeared.

The menu is huge, with pretty pictures of the various dishes. We ordered an appetizer of Roti Canai, a crispy pan fried flatbread with a mild curry dipping sauce. At $2.95, it was perfect for 2, and I brought the leftover curry sauce home. We then tried the Hainanese chicken with rice, the Mee Goreng and Stirfried clams in a Malaysian curry sauce. This last dish was the most expensive at $11.95, but the clams while not huge, were tender and plentiful. The curry was a little spicier than the roti curry sauce, and included were some chunks of okra, eggplant, green beans and potato. Very satisfying. The chicken was ok, not great, while the rice had a lovely aroma. The Mee Goreng was really good, nice wok flavor, not spicy but flavorful. Complimentary plate of green coconut jelly was offered at the end of the meal. Total before tip came to $32, and we brought home half of the Mee Goreng and the chicken. Portions are not huge, but we felt it was good value. We can't wait to return with kids and friends for a greater sampling of curries and satays. The dish I really want to try when the season arrives is the Sing Chili Crab.

According to the waitress, who was dressed in a traditional Singp. batik outfit, the chef is Malay and the restaurant only opened 5 months ago. This was lunchtime on a Saturday and it was only a third full, with half Asians eating there. Decor is kind of hokey looking, but it is clean and probably seats about 50 - 60.

Funny, I just noticed that the local food reviewer also wrote a review in Friday's paper.

Banyan Tree
41 Woodsworth Lane
Pleasant Hill (925) 686-9828

Su-Thurs 11am - 10 pm; Fri&Sat 11am-10:30 pm

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