Rice (briyani or white rice) is free flow here so you can have as much as you want. Side veggie dishes are also provided. The thing I like about eating here is that you get a banana leaf on your plate and they will serve the rice and appetizers on top of the leaf. I do like the smell of banana leaf and somehow I feel the leaf lends this alluring fragrance to your food just like what it does for banana leaf nasi lemak. Anyway, forget about white rice and just go for the biryani rice. Very fragrant indeed and not soggy at all.
Definitely not for anyone who doesn’t like oily, greasy stuffs because this dish is super oily. Probably that’s what makes this so tasty. The gravy which you can pour over your rice is very good. The mutton pieces are tender and moist and do not have any strong gamey smell at all.
I have eaten better Tandoori Chicken at Shahi Maharani but I do like the strong charred taste of this. Unfortunately, I thought the meat was a little dry (mostly breast meat) and there was a lack of spices flavour.
The leading dish of the entire meal. That’s what we are here for. The gravy is spicy hot – shiok! Plenty of meat (despite being a middle size head – for 2-3 persons to share). Nicely cooked, not overdone at all. If I’m not wrong, this should be a red snapper fish. Whatever it is, it doesn’t taste fishy at all which is good.
The Banana Leaf Apolo
54 Race Course Road
Tel: 6293 8682/5054
Opens: 12.00pm to 4.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily