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!

November 17th, 2010. Sticky Rice Thai & Asian Cuisine  

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

  Ever since hearing that Liz was working at a Thai restaurant and that she wears a traditional Thai dress for it we knew we had to go visit!!  I guess where it’s situated you could say it’s White Rock..anyways, it’s a Thai place in Surrey!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

  The space is really lovely and well decorated.  Traditional items and colors everywhere, but not an overload like some places.  I mean, come on, we don’t want to eat in a cluttered space!  The waitresses wearing the Thai dresses were a nice special touch.  Funny enough all the waitresses that evening were white..haha!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

   

 

 

 

 

  The tea comes out in these gorgeous pots with matching cups….eek, so beautiful!!

 

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Side salad that came with one of the meals.  Came with a mango dressing.

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Som Tum Thai: Papaya, tomato, garlic, chili, palm sugar, lime juice, tamarind sauce, fish sauce and roasted crushed peanuts.  This salad was a great opener!  Tons of flavor, fiery kick and crisp ingredients!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

  Pad Thai: Sweet and sour fried rice noodles with bean curds, eggs, bean sprouts and as you can see…a generous amount of lemon and peanuts on the side!!  Another total hit!!  Loved the texture of the noodles, the sauce was light but full of flavor and a great balance between sour and sweet.  Mmmmmmm~~!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shrimp Nuggets with Sweet Sauce.  I didn’t get to try this one..but I bet it was good

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Now, we’re talking!! Grilled Beef Short Rib with Sticky Rice: Grilled beef short rib in ginger and Thai spices.  I love how the rice comes steamed in a woven bamboo container…so adorable!  Next time I totally want to try this one!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

  Many Thai places the rice comes out kinda hard and all stuck together like a puck.   As you can see, the sticky rice here looks nice and moist.  They used a good amount of coconut milk to give the rice that slightly creamy taste.  Plus 5 points!!

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

sticky rice thai & asian cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Of course we couldn’t NOT have the Tamarind Candy after the meal…when in Rome, you know 😉 

 

 

 

 

  Overall, we all really enjoyed the meal.  Even though I didn’t get to try everyone’s, from what I did try I was impressed with the level of freshness of the ingredients.  I was also impressed that with all the different flavors residing in each dish there seemed to be a flawless balance achieved.  Next time I’m here I definitely want to try the curries and more grilled stuff!