Banana Leaf, CBD, Auckland

Atrium on Elliot food court is handily located in the middle of the CBD. There are various eateries, including Thai (The Gourmet Thai), Indian (Spice of India), Indonesian (Bali Star), Japanese (Umi Sushi and Umiya Japanese Cuisine), Korean (Bebop), Vietnamese (Vietnamese Delight), Chinese (Master Chef Kitchen, Uncle Jack’s, Wonder Wok) and of course Malaysian.

We visited to try the offerings at Banana Leaf (Ph: 09-309 5308).  Being a stall in a food court, the menu is limited, – there are no starters, Malaysian beverages or desserts. However, they do cover all the usual favourites.

The chicken laksa ($11) had a nice spicy flavor, and came with both hokkien and vermicelli noodles. The laksa soup was a bit heavy on the coconut, but overall was a hit.

The fried kuet teaw (char kuey tiaw, – fried rice noodles $11) had very good smoky flavor, and came with a prawn, chicken, lap cheong (chinese sausage) and chives. It was very tasty, though a little oily. You can order this ‘regular’ or ‘spicy’.

The hokkein mee ($12) and prawn noodle soup ($12) came recommended as well, and certainly looked authentic and appetizing in the menu.

The prices are reasonable for the large servings. Overall, I was very contended with the dishes, and would happily suggest Banana Leaf for a quick and tasty meal.

easyfoodhacks dined courtesy of the Malaysian Kitchen programme

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