Though not as popular, or often mentioned in the same breath as it’s more famous counterparts (ie; Kanna, Nirwana’s @ Bangsar, Devi’s @ TTDI & Sri Paandi’s or Annalakshmi & Vishals), Lotus Curry House actually serves pretty decent Banana Leaf Rice.
The one I frequent, which happens to be in close proximity to my place, is the one at Aman Suria. I believe Lotus Curry House has quite a chain of branches as well, but I like it here as it’s newer, cleaner and usually not as crowded with people (previous statement reworded in respect to a reader’s feedback).
There’s 2 section to the dining area, one air-conditioned and another “alfresco” where the dishes, drinks station, frying station and roti-making stations are located. Tables are spaciously laid out and the place doesn’t reek of grease or sweat.
Most importantly, the dishes displayed are hot, freshly cooked and replenished pretty fast, especially during lunch/dinner hour. Hence the dishes are not left for long hours on display, minimising the risk of food poisoning.
Having said that, a friend of mine recently reported a mild case of food poisoning after a meal here. But I have not personally encountered any unpleasant experiences myself.
I guess the key is to visit in the earlier part of the day when the food is fresh. After all, curries are mostly coconut milk based and they don’t keep too well.
I’m certainly not implying that it’s acceptable for food served in the evenings to be lacking in freshness and quality, but for our own safety & hygienic reasons, it’s better to err on the the safe side.
Back to the food.
Another reason I liked Lotus is for their fried bitter gourd. Nirwana’s is famous, and this comes close.
The vegetables were cooked properly as well, with at least 4 -6 selections available during peak hours.
As I have mentioned before in my post, I tend to judge a banana leaf outlet by it’s basic set, which consisted of just the rice and vegetables.
The add-ons of fried chicken/fish and mutton or chicken varuval are a bonus. I love my vegetables and would prefer them not to be overcooked or overly oily. So far, Lotus Curry House at Aman Suria met these simple criteria.
Price-wise, I can’t complain either as it’s pretty standard. The basic vegetarian set is RM5.00 and add-ons of chicken or mutton curries are about +- RM5.00.
Their fish and dhall curries are flavoursome and so is their rasam; a delicious south Indian soup with the predominance of tomato extract, which has a good balance of sourness and spices.
Mutton curry; tender and tasty.
So, any fans of Lotus Curry House banana leaf here? 🙂
Lotus Curry House