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“A solid 5 out of 10”

Singapore's Banana Leaf
Ranked #843 of 11,896 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Cuisines: Malaysian
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
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Neighbourhood: Central L.A
Reviewed 11 September 2017

As frequent travellers to Asia, we went out of our way to find Banana Leaf. The menu looked great and we were salivating in anticipation. We ordered a fried rice dish and laska (soup). While the ingredients were fresh and freshly made, both lacked a major component found in these dishes in their home countries - belecan (fermented shrimp paste). While overpoweringly funky on it's own, a small amount adds a magic fragrant umami effect. Also missing was sambal (also using roasted belecan) or cut hot chilis in fish sauce.

While we did not leave hungry, we certainly did not feel like we had enjoyed a dish made in Indonesia, Malaysia, or Singapore. Someone looking for a taste of these places should look elsewhere.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Visited this eatery in the Farmers Market, Los Angeles with my son this August. We ordered a Chicken Laksa and Chicken Randang. The food was tasty and flavourful.The place is a kiosk in the market with tables and chairs. There is no air conditioning and self service is the norm.Grab some Malaysian, Singaporean fare here!!

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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious. It was spicy and all the flavours were brought out. Portions are large so the kids shared and so did we adults. Even the vegetable spring rolls were good light and crispy and served piping hot. The beef was a bit tough (the cut of meat wasn't good). The kids loved the market setting and shared tables. The service was so considerate and courteous and fast. It was a little risky for the nut allergy diner, so we got spooked and gave something else from the market. Would easily go back!

Thank AzraMtl
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

Ordered one of the Indonesian chicken dishes but I guess I was expecting a bit more flavour, as it was very average... Portions could have bigger too

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

I love the Farmer's Market and there are so many options to choose from. I always stop here to get a delicious "puff" which is like an Indian samosa. I also love their chicken curry. The spices are wonderful and the prices are good. One of my favorite go to places at the Farmer's Market!!!

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