We were craving for something Indian today and decided to give BananaBro a try. This is a new eatery, just over 5 months old, located on the Lower Ground floor of Times Square. Several of my friends who worked around the area has given this place a try and they loved it. So, since today is one of those rare days whereby I pay Times Square a visit – mostly to purchase some upcoming birthday presents, might as well have my lunch at BananaBro, give them a try 🙂
It sure was different. Here I was doing my shopping, floors and floors of clothing, make up, shoes, apparels and then I head down for lunch to have banana leaf. I am well aware of a few banana leaf eateries opening shop in malls but it still feels surreal lah and on top of that, this is not even you typical Indian rice shop.
To me, the eatery had the relaxed, chill vibe of a bistro? It had an ‘open’ concept going on, by ‘open’ I mean not closed up. It did not have the usual 4 walls that separates you from the outer world. Nope, here, it is open, you can see people walking about, you can see the outside, get sunlight and etc. It had a bright, vibrant and jovial atmosphere, conversations taking place by the minute – serious discussions, work related topics, football talks, jokes and etc.
Banana Leaf Rice Set, 12.90 ringgit + Chicken Masala, 7.50 ringgit + Chicken 65, 7.50 ringgit + Sambal Petai, 5.90 ringgit
Food was pretty gooooood. I was full and well satisfied by the end of my time here. So, the Banana Leaf Set Meal come with rice, 3 vegetables, papadam, curry, rasam and yogurt. AS you can see, I got 2 instead of 3 vegetables – one of it was finished by the time I arrived and was in the midst of making it. The 2 vegetables I got though – cabbage and cucumber in yogurt came in a generous portion and was refillable, so having one less vegetable than usual wasn’t that big a deal. I like their serving, they literally give you a full scoop and not the usual ‘half of it falls back into their serving container’ – get what I mean? Especially when you request for a refill, they will put a show of giving you a full scoop but somehow during the journey from the serving container to your banana leaf, half of it mages to fall back into the container, which means you would only get half of what you initially thought you would get. Yea, well no worries of that happening here. Yay! I like their curry, I’ve only tried their chicken curry and it was thick, rich and flavorful – exactly how I like it. Let’s just say I am not a fan of watered down curries. I like the chicken masala – it had a good amount of spice and gravy to it. The Chicken 65 though, is not the usual. Usually, most of the Chicken 65 I’ve tasted locally includes small pieces/cubes of boneless chicken meat coated with a thin layer of Indian spices and chillies, here however, the Chicken 65 tasted more like nuggets. It did not matter though, having it with the rice and curry was a yummy combination 🙂 The Sambal Petai though, this was da bomb. I loveeeeed it. The gravy – It was sweet and spicy with plenty of crunch from the petai and achovies. Yummmmmm 🙂
Would I head back here?
Yea, I would but considering how rarely I visit Times Square, it wont be as often as I I’d like. Food was good, service was awesome and I enjoyed myself here.
Address: LG 59B, Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Everyday, 8.30 am – 10 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.