Fiancee and I went back to the Malaysian restaurant Banana Leaf in Bay Ridge (braving the screwed up Saturday trains) for another great meal.
- Delicious, fresh papaya salad with a spicy kick
- Shrimp dumplings - I found a little too mild, though ingredients were obviously good. Fiancee like the ginger dipping sauce.
- Malaysian fried rice - excellent fried rice surrounded by a small lake of tasty curry sauce.
- Small mountain of fried noodles, tofu, shrimp, scallops, squid and potato. I think this was the Mee Siam, but I forgot to get a takeout menu when I left. Probably the best scallops I've had in months. Also, the chef managed the amazing task of keeping the flavors distinct and clear in this mix-em-up dish.
Both entrees were big enough that we could eat our fill and have substantial leftovers to take home.
Had a pot of tea (free) plus a tall sweet and creamy Thai iced tea ($1.75) plus a red bean pudding type desert (Puluh Hittam).
All the above with good tip came to just $32 or so.
Despite the very high quality of the food and the pleasant enough ambience, good service, etc. the restaurant was nearly empty. It certainly deserves support and patronage. I heartily encourage all fans of Asian food to go to this restaurant - it stands head and shoulders above most of its competitors (even if it is a heck of a long way out in Bay Ridge - Bay Ridge Ave stop on the R line)...
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