authentic food, love place, fast service, friendly staff, fresh produce market, always friendly people, great singaporean dishes
The family-owned Singapore's Banana Leaf is located in the Farmers Market at L.A.'s famed shopping locale, The Grove. Linger over the bold flavors of the authentic Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine, including spins on fried rice and noodle dishes, chicken and beef satay, and salads. …
I was very skeptical about this stand at the Farmers Market, but after having lunch here I can say Singapore's Banana Leaf is a gem. Perhaps it's not authentic to one true style, as they serve a fusion of Malaysian, Indonesian, and Indian cuisine, but the food is a delicious flurry of spice and flavor that tantalizes the American palate. The standouts are the laksa soup, mee-goreng pan fried noodles, and rendang beef curry. If you just want a tasty drink, try the ice kachang.
slow service. small portion, expensive,
Really Enjoy The Food!!. I enjoy their food here. I don't know if it's also the same chef cooking as the one in Top Chef this season, but at least I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should say that the food comes out in successions, at the perfect timing.
One of the only Malaysian places in LA. I have been looking for one item everywhere in LA, Roti Kunai, and I finally found it here! This place is AWESOME with really authentic food. Too bad it is just a little eatery, and there aren't more restaurants like this is LA, there are quite a few in New York. Also, it is in the Grove, so parking isn't the best but if you happen to be spending the day in the grove, this is the place to grab a bite.
Overrated, not authentic, and worst service in farmer's market.
I used to like this place, but not anymore. The last time I went there, I ordered Tuna Sambal and it tasted really weird and not authentic. They also reduce the food portion a lot.
Most importantly, the woman at the server's really rude and she kept playing with her little girl when I ordered.
Awful non authentic food!. Awful! The beef rendang was sourish and tough. The chicken curry tasted like boiled chicken added to curry sauce. The otak otak was some weird dough mixture flavored with fish flavoring served with peanut butter sambal. Is this a new Singaporean dip? The girl who took our order looked like she would rather be anywhere but taking orders. Very unfriendly! Rolled her eyes at a customer who took some time in ordering. I was born and raised in Malaysia....Sorry! this place is not worth the drive and the parking nightmare!
I crave this food!.
I used to work at the Grove a few years back, and I still crave this food. . . even if I live all the way over in Pasadena!
I just went there this past w/e, and tried the Lodeh Soup - a vegetarian curried-flavored soup that has veggies and a side of white rice. OMG! That is now my new favorite!! We also had the mango juice - $1.50 and super yummy - wanna try a mango through a straw?
Normally, I crave the Nasi Goreng. . . Singapore fried rice - mix of veggies, egg - tofu or meat of your choice. Yummi! This last visit was a little bland, especially since I had the Lodeh soup - you can choose mild, medium or hot - I suggest just getting the medium (for flavor!), or hot if you can take it.
A few years ago, there used to be a guy that worked there that always remembered me and what I ordered. . . customer service and good food? Who can beat that?!
This past visit, there was a hispanic girl that was working there - and her customer service skills were DEFINITELY lacking. I put my $$ on the counter, and she looked down her nose at me as she waited for me to pick it up and hand it to her (and she wonders why I didn't tip?). . . This girl is the reason for 4 stars instead of FIVE. . .
Get Your Indo Fix. Love this place. While they may not serve Ubud-style Nasi Goreng, it's certainly close enough to take me back to Bali for 10 minutes. Staff is friendly, food is prepared to order with fresh ingredients, relatively inexpensive. Food always fills you up without sitting heavy in your stomach.
Different and delicious.
I have three words...this food is excellent. A friend and I had a fun afternoon at the Grove and the Farmer's Market. There are so many places to choose from and we finally settled on Singapore's Banana Leaf with its palm frond ceiling fans and the bamboo accented furniture under the cheerful saffron-colored awning.
The service was friendly--we didn't know what to order, so we asked at the counter for recommendations. My advice: whatever you get, share it, that way you get to try more than one entree. We had the Beef Rendang, Mee Goreng Chicken, Roti Jala (a type of bread) and Rojak (salad). The flavors are combinations that I would never have imagined and it's obvious that the ingredients are natural and FRESH!
If you like Chinese or Indian cuisine, give Singapore a try. Highly recommended!
BANANA LEAF!!! ROCKS!!!.
LOVE THIS PLACE.....This is some of my favorite food on earth....
Just have Ma or Pa, get the sauces consistat...sometimes its great...and sometimes its...just ok.
That soup with curry and chicken ROCKS
Get out the Kleenex as tears can a come a rollin...don't get all happy thinking Im a tough guy and I want it SPICEY...get medium, or slightly hot...I donno...I have yet to try Hot as Im with the WIFE...ya know how that usually flies...but never disappointed....even got her to be a bit used to spicey!
Go grab yourself a cold one from the other side and have a Good Eats!
Michael is always friendly and a true joy to see him when we visit....Can we get this guy a girl ?? Nice guy, running the family bus...successful....good head on the shoulders(when hair is back)....has good taste in music...Hey man the 80's ROCK!...heck thats about all the 80s had to offer.
Rojak and Chendol - Thumbs Up. Was at the Farmer's Market and most of the places were closed (Easter Sunday) and rememebered a friend raving about this place, so lucky me, I got a chance to try it out. I had the Rojak, which has bean sprouts, fried tofu, jicama, cucumbers, apple, and pineapple with a chopped peanut and chili sauce. It looked appetizing and colorful and was novelly served atop a banana leaf. So flavorful and fresh tasting... the spice was bordering on medium, but was more of an after taste (I could have handled a touch more spice, but didn't request it spicy because I know many places add too much.) To drink I had Chendol, which was actually more like a dessert. It's basically shaved ice, coconut milk, some cool looking small green noodle things and palm sugar. Soooo refreshing with the Rojak.. definitely works well as a spice quelcher for those who like their dishes very hot.
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