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. Continue reading


Santhiya’s South Indian and Malaysian, Mt Roskill, Auckland

We visited Santhiya’s South Indian and Malaysian Dine-In and Takeaways (1270 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill, 09-6202986) as part of the Makan Squad to try their Malaysian dishes, but there was also a wide selection of curries (vegetarian, goat, lamb, seafood and chicken), and other ethnic Indian dishes.

Malaysia Nyonya Restaurant, Howick, Auckland

Nyonya (or Peranakan) cuisine is a regional specialty that evolved from the fusion of Malay and Chinese cultures in Malaysia (Malacca, Penang), Singapore. Indonesia and Brunei. In the 15/16th century, Chinese men who sojourned to these places were bachelors, and often took Malay wives. These amazing women adapted Chinese ingredients and Malay spices to create a new blended cuisine.

Nyonya cuisine, which includes Kapitan Chicken, assam laksa and kuihs, is now part of the mainstream food culture in Malaysia.

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