There are quite many Banana Leaf restaurants in PJ and the famous are Sri Paandi, Raju and Kanna Curry House. Recently, Sri Paandi has become my favorite one for being reasonably priced unlike the other two, which could get quite cut throat just for a simple meal. Even though Raju is the most expensive of all I like still like their airy environment and efficient table service. Sri Paandi on the other hand, is lacking on these two.
Here, it cost RM4.50 for a traditional banana leaf rice set (vegetarian) with free refills of rice, vegetable curries, papadum and chutney. This should be the chepest banana leaf rice in the vicinty. Others would cost at least RM5 to RM5.50 for the same and free sweets are also given if you ask for it.
The deep fried fish (RM4/pc) is the other main reason I choose to eat here. On a good day (and also depending on who fries it) it is usually delicious with a golden brown coating and moist, tender flesh. Other meats like fried chicken and mutton curry are not bad as well but personally, I feel the fried fish is the best side dish here.
As mentioned earlier, table service is one thing Sri Paandi could really improve on. I don’t know why service could be slow and chaotic even with so many workers around. A cup of teh tarik could take more than 15 minutes to arrive and heck, even a simple fork and spoon request could take up to 10 minutes. I am more frustrated with the latter because I could only see, but not start eating!
Restoran Sri Paandi (PJ)
37 Jalan Dato Mahmud 11/4,
46200 Petaling Jaya
GPS Coordinates: N3 06.666 E101 38.954
Tel: 03-7960 0576