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CLOSED: Banana Leaf

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 5 reviews )


Contact 859-252-9595

102 W High St, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, 40507

Serves meat, vegan options available. South Indian and Malaysian cuisine with some vegetarian options: dosas, utthappam, thali. Moved from S Limestone. Reported closed to HappyCow. Closed Tue.

Category: Indian, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (5)

First Review by keillorandel

Closed - Edit

Just tried to eat here Monday July 6, 2015 and found both the Indian restaurant downstairs and the Banana Leaf upstairs closed. While waiting a person came up and said that it was closed and was going under new ownership.

Cons: Closed

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Best naan I've ever had! - Edit

I have been to Banana Leaf each time I have gone to Lexington since I learned about it. The samosas are piping hot with a delicious crust, channa masala and bindi masala are perfectly seasoned. If you ask for "spicy" you will definitely get SPICY! The naan is my hands-down favorite, ever.

Pros: nice wait staff, good value, ample portions

Cons: dimly lit, no Amex cards

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Not veg, but sooo veg-friendly! - Edit

This restaurant is currently off the beaten path, what with the road construction that continues (probably for another year). Still, it's worth the trip!

Although the decor isn't the best... that's the only bad thing I could think of!

The owners are very nice people and welcome you warmly from your first step into the restaurant. If you have any questions or concerns about your veg needs, they are eager to resolve them. As a husband and wife partnership, they have their restaurant's best interests at heart. We were told that Mrs. So-and-So does all of the cooking, from scratch. So, easy to accommodate vegan requests. It helps when the staff have such in-depth knowledge of their food, customs, and ingredients.

We ordered a selection of appetizers for all to share. Although we couldn't discern what everything was, they were a delightful deep-fried assortment with tasty chutneys. Onions, sweet potatoes, potatoes, samosas, etc. Also, the dosas here are easily the best I've ever had. Too often one will find the same "traditional" blend of ingredients: not a bad thing for dosas. To try a new combination of ingredients was heavenly! Go for the special dosa, you won't regret it! Sooo tasty! Nice lentil sambar soup too, perfectly spiced.

The entrees were very good, but I did like mine more than others. They are served traditionally: with your dish in a small metal vessel and the rice on a large shared dish. Lovely, just lovely! They can adjust the heat as necessary and the ingredients.

They aim to please at this place. All of us were pleasantly surprised that our expectations were met and exceeded. Definitely go here for traditional South Indian food (with the Malaysian flair from the Mr. and Mrs.'s residence in Malaysia). You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Spices, Ingredients, Portions

Cons: Decor, Rd. construction

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My Fav Indian Place - Edit

I love this place and I am not a huge fan of Indian food. The lunch buffet is great. There are always lots of veg options and nothing too overly spicy. Many places opt for raw heat over any complexity of flavors. This place shows you can have a bit of heat and still appreciate the blend of spices that make Indian food so unique. Unlike most buffets too even if you go late in the day the food is hot and fresh. There is a saffron pudding that is absolutely worth the trip all by itself. Very close to campus this place is the newest Indian place in town so still a bit undiscovered. There is also another Indian place a block away, but it is no where near as good as this one.

Construction makes it hard to reach this right now. If you stay on euclid/ave of champions like you are going to fazolies you can turn right right behind the strip of businesses and park behind the restaurant. Be careful where you park though because they do tow.

Pros: good buffet, not too spicy

Cons: parking

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The God of Fried Things (a Lexington gem) - Edit

We have been going here regularly for the last year and have found the food to be excellent and the service to be very good. There is a wide array of vegetarian dishes -- both entrees and starters -- and the kitchen is very accomodating to vegan requests. The dosas are especially good at dinner time, and the portions are generous. For lunch, there is a buffet with more than half the dishes being vegetarian and of good quality and variety. A family-owned and operated establishment, the Banana Leaf offers some of the best home-cooked Indian food we've ever tried, and its environment is relaxed and welcoming. Minor drawbacks are that the service can be occassionally slow and the TVs that play entertaining bollywood music videos can sometimes be a bit too distracting. Banana Leaf is more than well worth a visit.

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