It is quite impossible to miss Ratha Curry House in Raub thanks to its strategic location. You don’t even have to look for it because the restaurant presents itself right smack at the junction leading in and out of the town centre.
Restoran Ratha is inarguably the most famous in town where you will find tourists and locals alike flocking to enjoy a variety of curry dishes, especially their signature Fish Head Curry. I was initially quite skeptical about the watery looking curry but after tasting it I could understand why they are so popular. However, we did not order the Fish Head Curry because there were only two of us and we would not had been able to finish it.
Bangsar has a quite a number of Indian restaurants to explore and one of them is Spice Garden Express. The first branch actually openend in Genting Highlands in 2003 and they have 4 branches in Klang Valley now. We came here based on the recommendation of our Indian collegue who is also the same guy who brought us to Anjappar. The menu is quite extensive and so is the variety, as Spice Garden serves Northern and Southern Indian food and Middle Eastern cuisine as well.
Lamb Seekh Kebab @ RM11.90 – the texture is a bit dry but still manage to taste quite good.
Chutneys and mint sauce.
The Garlic Naan @ RM3.90/pc is wonderful, tastes fresh from the oven with a fragrant and buttery crisp. We had this together with the kebab earlier, great for mopping up the gravies too.
Kashmir Cafes is a neighborhood restaurant in SS3 that is making a comeback after they closed down many years ago. The current location of Kashmir Cafes is only a few shops away from their previous one, hence the apt slogan of “old taste, new place”. But first, I just want to cut to the chase by saying Kashmir Cafes serves really good banana leaf rice, even better than the big boys in PJ like Raju, Sri Paandi and Kanna Curry House.
The main reason I feel the banana leaf rice (RM5.50 for vegetarian set) at Kashmir Cafes is better because the side dishes are not mass produced like others, which aims to cater to the large customer base. So what you get here is more quality tasting food.
To be honest, I never really fancied the assortment of vegetables so I usually have to order extras like curries or fried stuff to complete the meal. But so far, Kashmir Cafes is the only exception for me. Their vegetarian sides not only look decent, but are also tasty enough (this coming from a meat lover) that I could actually finish a banana leaf rice without any meat.
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.