During the Merdeka holiday, I woke up late (ah, the joy of sleeping in) and by the time I was up and ready, it was time for brunch. OK, fine, Lunch, if you insist. 😛 I was craving for Naan as stated in my Tweets, while Saucer was looking for Banana Leaf Rice (BLR). So, we ended up at Restoran Sri Paandi (PJ), an Indian restaurant famous for BLR.
Mango Lassi (RM3.50)
I don’t why but whenever we eat BLR, we’ll definitely order Mango Lassi. It’s like the default drink to be ordered with BLR. Perhaps the sweet and milky lassi works well to complement the hot and spicy curry from the rice?
Unlimited side dishes of BLR
One thing most guys love about BLR is that you get served with unlimited side dishes, rice and papadam! Oh yes, papadam! In Sri Paandi, there were about 4 side dishes served, ranging from long beans, potatoes, pickled cucumber and acar. Of course, don’t forget the papadam. And the gravy! There is chicken, fish and dhal to be chosen, also unlimited.
Chicken curry, fish curry and dhal
Smother the rice with as much gravy as you want. Mix and match or just stick to one type. Saucer requested to mix all 3 types of gravy onto his rice.
BLR with generous amount of gravy (RM4)
And if you’re not satisfied with just vegetables, there are side dishes to be chosen from – ranging from Chicken, Mutton, Beef or Fish. He chose with piece of Fried chicken which was just out of the wok. Still smoking hot and smelling delicious!
Add on a piece of Fried Chicken
The fried chicken was still crispy at the time we had it, and the meat inside was oozing with juices, or could it be oil? *LOL* Still, it went very well with the flavourful BLR rice loaded with gravy. I regretted a little bit not ordering BLR as well.
Fried Chicken (RM4.50)
Instead, I went for the Plain Roti Naan as per my original plan. Alas, the naan fared nothing close to the BLR. The crust was not as crispy and the naan was too thick for my liking. This was definitely not as good as the naan I had in Pelita previously. But I have to say I loved the gravy served together with the naan. I couldn’t make out what curry it was, but it was very good and it’s the reason why I even finished half of the naan.
Roti Naan (RM2.50)
I also ordered the Tandoori Chicken to be paired with the Naan. I was expecting a chicken drumstick and thigh, as with most tandoori chicken that I’ve ordered before, but I was served instead with chicken breast. The part of a chicken that I disliked the most! Oh dear.. I ate it anyhow and true enough, the meat was dry and hard, not to mention bland. It was the worst nightmare of a chicken. That’s why I never favoured chicken breast, even though it’s the healthiest part of a chicken.
Tandoori Chicken (RM5)
Overall, I’d say that the BLR from Sri Paandi was one of the better ones. It kept Saucer going back there for more than 2 times at least. After my experience here, I’d say just go with the BLR and forget about everything else! 🙂
Restoran Sri Paandi (PJ)
Restoran Sri Paandi, P.J.
No. 37, Jalan 11/4,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Tel. no.: +603-7960 0576
Business Hours : 8.00am to 11.00pm
GPS Coordinates: N 3 06.664, E 101 38.961