Banana Leaf on Robson

January 22, 2015

April 27th, 2013. Banana Leaf Robson

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

So I felt like a bright lunch would be a great way to go so I had planned for us to go to the new Banana Leaf that just opened up on Robson.

I ordered the appetizer platter as my lunch and I was pretty pleased! I love love love options and this dish came with the Papaya and Pineapple Salad, Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls, Roti Canai and Calamari.

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

Finger food, check. Sauces, check. Flavor, check! The roti canai was stretchy but with a crispy crust, the calamari was a tad dry, but acceptable with a salty and crumbly crispy coating, the spring rolls were deep fried goodness and while the satay could have been punchier with the flavor, it was still not bad! As for the salad, the dressing was bright, sweet, acidic, and overall was fresh!

banana leaf robson

banana leaf robson

 

 

Robert, on the other hand, was very disappointed with his curry dish. Being well traveled and also being from LA he’d know!  He said it was bland and forgettable and he even left a scathing comment card! Yikes!

August 24th, 2011.  Work Lunch at Thai House

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

  Boss and I were making the prowl all over North Vancouver all morning looking up previous and prospective clients.  The sun was high and our stomaches were sending us hunger signals….so we walked into Thai House for a time-out. 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

 

  There’s a tiny patio outside which is nice, while the interior is sexy and modern.  We quickly looked over the lunch specials, made our order and waited anxiously.

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

 

   Lunch specials come with a side of spring roll and a little salad….I would have appreciated if it had been like a little green papaya salad or something.   You know, just a little oomph rather than just regular ol’ lettuce.  Oh, and there’s 2 of us..so why only 1 roll???

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

  Pra Lunm Long Shong: Boneless chicken stir fried with Thai peanut sauce on a bed of spinach.  Nothing bad to say, really..I love peanut sauce and this one was a good balance of sweet and savory, the chicken was tender. and the rice was well cooked.  I think the sauce may have been slightly bland….a bit more depth would have been nice.

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

 

  Beef & Eggplant Thai Green Curry – Despite my dislike for coconut, I love Thai curry because of the creamy, delicious, cool coconut milk.  I also used to dislike eggplant a LOT as a kid…but now I love it!  This dish was again, good.  Again, wanted a bit more depth of flavor.

 

thai house - north vancouver

thai house - north vancouver

 

  Pad Thai: Stir fried rice noodles with shrimp,ground peanut, chili paste, egg and bean sprout.  I was dissappointed.  There was too much of a ketchupy taste for my liking.  Otherwise the ingredients were all alright.  The noodles were nicely cooked and the shrimp was not over-cooked…but again, the sauce…

 

 

  In the end?  Nice space, good portion-to price ratio, but I feel that there needs to be a bit more attention to detail and depth in terms of flavor.