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Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine

Certificate of Excellence
West End
Asian, Malaysian
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1096 Denman Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G2M8, Canada
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
so excited to find Malaysian food

I wish Malaysian food were more easily available where I live- it is so good. We ate lunch here on our Vancouver visit, and we were happy with the food. Service was friendly and the place was warm on a freezing day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I wish Malaysian food were more easily available where I live- it is so good. We ate lunch here on our Vancouver visit, and we were happy with the food. Service was friendly and the place was warm on a freezing day.

Thank worstinshow
Portland, Oregon, United States
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112 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Get the 9 course meal, period. Skip the wine paring. The place is small so call ahead. It's a really nice space, not corporate at all. Food is high quality and tasty. I will come again.

Thank James P
Adelaide AUST
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Staying near Denman Street there is a lot of choice of where to eat and it. We chose the Banana Leaf on Denman St based on the tasting menu advertised on the board at the front. This is not a large restaurant by any means but neither are others in the area but it is cosy. There were no vacancies... More 

Thank AreWeThereYet60
Victoria, Canada
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

There's two locations, Kits and Cambie. Both are great and both are busy. Make sure you get a reservation or get there early to get your spot. The food at BL is awesome, and try to order something spicy to mix things up.

Thank ProfAragon
Nanaimo, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Our party of 7 arrived without a reservation last week and were immediately greeted by the host who looked after accommodating us right away. One of our daughters, who spent over 6 years in Asia did our ordering and it was fantastic food. The service was also excellent and friendly. The restaurant may not be the most fancy, but its... More 

Thank Leslie W
Vancouver, Canada
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238 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

It was cold, wet and windy. I needed something spicy, hot and with carbs. In London Singapore Laksa always hit the mark. So I thought I would try this place out. The Laksa had all the same ingredients as the ones I had in Malaysia, Singapore and London, but lacked the kick. Desert of sticky rice, with Gula Melaka and... More 

Thank RafikiLondon
Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We ordered the nine course tasting menu and it was an exciting new taste with every course. The individual servings aren't large but by the time you are finished you are stuffed. The starting salad with exotic vegetables and mango got the taste buds tingling with excitement and it just got better. The only thing we had had before were... More 

Thank Disodora
Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

It's our 1st night in Vancouver where there are 20 kinds of restaurants per block it seems. We were taken to this restaurant in Denman by a Vancouver local who had nothing but praises for this place. We were not disappointed. Started off with a yummy lychee mojito- very refreshing! Ordered the appetizer sampler ($18), nasi goreng rice, seafood curry... More 

Thank OC_M_Lu
Vancouver, Canada
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We've come here several times since discovering it. I love the fixed price tasting menu. It's such a great experience and very affordable for the quality and quantity of food. I love this place! Very nice interior, wonderful service. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Leah W
Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Ordered take-out as it was late and we had just arrived after a long flight. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was great. This cozy little restaurant is situated in a nice neighborhood.

Thank ON-North

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1096 Denman Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G2M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: 16046833333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.