Prepared, get set… there’s heaps to take pleasure in!

Conventional Sri Lankan Village Set… has one meat (rooster or beef) or fish dish and is loaded with greens, spicy lentils, egg curry and satan potato. Picture: Wendy Johnson

Sri Lankan meals is an explosion of color, spices and flavours, as eating reviewer WENDY JOHNSON stories from Banana Leaf.

BANANA Leaf restaurant, which has had numerous properties over the previous few years, has now settled as soon as and for all within the coronary heart of Canberra on Akuna Road, promising an intriguing mix of Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor, Dutch and Malay tastes and textures. 

Wendy Johnson.

The huge wall of artistic masks makes for a powerful entrance and the décor is mild and heat with wood accents and eating over two ranges.

Masks on the entry to Banana Leaf. Picture: Wendy Johnson

If sharing is a precedence, speak to workers about the perfect choices since not all dishes lend themselves to this type of consuming. That’s not essentially an issue; it’s a consideration (for some diners).

Banana Leaf focuses on genuine dishes, together with the entrees. The rooster pan roll was a fantastic begin ($16 for 3) and the minced rooster curried at simply the fitting stage. The rooster, mixed with potatoes, have been wrapped in a delicate roll and the trio enticing on a classy, mottled black plate. The dish of mayo on the facet featured chilli, however not super-hot chilli (by design).

The “satan sauce” with the Yaka Bao was zingy and we selected tofu as an alternative of rooster or fish ($16 for one). 

On the prime of the menu is the promise of “fine-ish eating”. Am not clear on the exact definition of the phrase, however mains designed for one begin at $30 and prime off at $42, so Banana Leaf isn’t a “low cost and cheerful”. 

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To make life simpler with the three of us eager to share and take a look at a number of dishes, we ordered the Conventional Sri Lankan Village Set. It’s a signature for Banana Leaf and is $100 for 2. It’s huge and, after entrees, was greater than sufficient for the three of us to discover.

The set solely has one meat (rooster or beef) or fish dish, which glad us. It’s a veritable feast and scrumptious. Objects embrace string hoppers or savoury rice. The set is loaded with greens, spicy lentils, a beautiful egg curry and satan potato. Pickled eggplant packed a punch, the tempered cashes with anchovies have been addicting, and who can go flawed with crispy, fluffy roti, crunchy pappadum and butter chilli? 

Hen pan roll… minced curried rooster mixed with potatoes wrapped in a delicate roll. Picture: Wendy Johnson

Mains embrace Seeni Sambol gnocchi ($30), Kalu Pol pork with truffle mash ($35), spice marinated grilled barramundi ($35), curry glazed duck ($36) and king-prawn curry ($42). Different entrees embrace a chilli-honey squid ($18) and a tempura-prawn taco ($17).

We loved our meal with a Hunter Valley verdelho.

One main concern was the timing of the arrival of our meals. Fairly nicely all dishes have been introduced out collectively, which was overwhelming, not solely visually and mentally, but it surely certain crowded the desk.

Banana Leaf Yaka Bao with tofu… with zingy “satan sauce”. Picture: Wendy Johnson

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