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The Banana Leaf
Singaporean Restaurant$$
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409 N University Ave Provo, UT 84601
409 North University AvenueUSUtahProvo84601
$$Singaporean RestaurantToday Closed
Monday 4:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
The beautiful banana leaves of tropical Sri Lanka have been serving as dishes for some of the world's best street cuisine for centuries.  Whether it's kothu or curry you're looking for, it will be served to you delicious and hot right in a banana leaf.  As for silverware, you won't need that in Sri Lanka!  As a fine dining restaurant, we provide silverware of course, but in Sri Lanka we just eat with the five spoons on our right hand.
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Colorful eatery offering traditional Singaporean & Sri Lankan dishes served on banana leaves.- Google
"The avocado shake is the best!"
"They did notice, however, and gave us another mango drink for free."
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Cristi Fitzgerald
a month ago
We ate here after it first opened and we simply ADORED the place! The flavors were like a party in our mouths. We moved away and hadn't been back until this past weekend when we went for our anniversary. I noticed that the landscaping wasn't kept up like before, railings were in disrepair, etc., and wondered if what I was seeing on the outside might reflect changes on the inside as well. Unfortunately, that was exactly the case. We arrived at 6 pm. on Sat., and there was only one other couple dining. Hmmm. No one else came in until we were finishing up. The first time we ate there, it was packed. There were two servers who seemed cheerful and nice. It was obvious that they didn't have much to do, though. They sat at another table, propping their feet up on the bench. Our water glasses were empty but it took quite a long time for that to be noticed since they were just visiting away and in their own little world. The same happened when we'd finished and no one noticed. The food, though, was the biggest disappointment. I ordered a garlic shrimp sautee. It was served sizzling and looked good. However, one bite in and I realized I was eating FROZEN MIXED VEGETABLES. I could tell by the taste, texture, and cut of them. So obvious, and so disappointing. You might expect that at Denny's restaurant, but not at a decent Asian place like this, at the price of $14.99. My husband got a coconut curry and it was fine, nothing bad, nothing special. Before going, we had considered the idea of getting a gift certificate for someone else, but thankfully we waited until we'd eaten there to make the decision. It was a disappointment from start to finish and I would definitely not recommend the place anymore. Very unfortunate because it had been fabulous at one time.
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Max Walker
7 months ago
Lovely atmosphere, excellent service from the owners of this family-owned restaurant. I soooo wanted it to be wonderful! But the food is just okay. We had the sweetheart sampler for two. 4 sauces, all quite bland. They provided a good chili sauce for add-able heat, which is really smart!, but the sauces needed more depth of flavor in their own. The beef was gristle and chewy -- the only thing I'd reject. The chicken was good, but not wow. The mango chutney was delicious, the only wow on the table. I really wanted wow. I only got ok fine. There was nothing stunning to bring us back. And we really wanted it to be.
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Jared Patten
6 months ago
The service was quick and the food was delicious! I can't remember the name of the dish I had, but it was bursting with flavor! I will definitely go back.
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HCDime Surf
a year ago
I feel like overall, there are pros and cons to this place. It is average for me. The upside is the food IS pretty good! The dishes they offer are very tasty and unique, and it's a good, quiet atmosphere. However, the downside is they don't always have the dishes you go back for because their menu changes consistently. Also, the service staff don't seem to know the best ways of showing courtesy to their guests and are a bit distant. The last time I went there, the waiter was serving me water, and the he spilt my water glass and it fell and shattered over me spilling water all over my skirt. It was an accident, and that was fine, but they did nothing to accommodate us or offer anything to make it a more enjoyable experience. Instead I spent the rest of the time freezing as I ate my food. However, that is not a common thing so maybe they will learn to handle it better next time. It's still a place worth trying I believe.
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LeAnn Johnson
2 months ago
I had never eaten there before. It was our waiter's first night and he tried really hard but he brought us our food and asked if we needed anything more. We had no utensils or plates. None of the dishes that were brought to us had serving spoons with them. I ordered the sizzling shrimp dish that was described as having a garlic lime sauce. I tasted neither. The dish came by itself, no rice and about a cup and a half total for 15.00. It had no flavor at all. The other stuff that we ordered was fine but nothing really stood out to me and for the prices they charge for their extremely small portions is crazy. What if I had just ordered the sizzling shrimp? No rice, nothing to go with it? Unless quality, quantity and pricing changes, I won't be going back.
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david allan
11 months ago
Magnificent! My parents and I came here on a recommendation from a dear friend. Everything was incredible. The atmosphere is unique in that the walls are stained wood with emerald green ceilings and chandelier. All the seats have a beautiful red fabric covering. Quite charming. The food was absolutely divine. We will most certainly come back again.
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Max J.
9 months ago
We stumbled upon this great restaurant on a family trip to SLC. We got there right after the restaurant opened so we were the only people there. We were greeted by a very sweet and friendly young woman, who we later learned is the co-owner of the restaurant along with her husband from Sri Lanka. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. The co-owner, Ariana, told us that her husband and his father owned many successful restaurants in Sri Lanka, so it wasn't surprising to us that the food was so tasty and the service so good. We highly recommend The Banana Leaf - - we're definitely coming back next time we're in Provo! Thank you, Ariana! From the Cevallos-Jacubowsky family 😊
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Maile Benuzillo
a year ago
We tried it out last week. Service is fast but... strange. The waitress/hostess was distracted and distant during ordering. Also, the first 2 things we wanted were "no longer a part of the menu" which was frustrating. Then, when our food arrived we were discouraged from eating one of the sauces that came with the dish. Odd. I got an avacado smoothie which is not tasty served warm, even though they tried to chill it with a little ice in the cup. My companions liked their dishes (I forget what they ordered) but I got the Seafood Roti appetizer and found a hair inside. That was the end of my appetite! I would not recommend going here. Not just because of the sub-par food and service but it was not clean and had a very shabby atmosphere.
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