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Banana Leaf

1009 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)
+1 215-592-8288
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Ranked #243 of 3,730 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $22
Cuisines: Sushi, Malaysian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
Description: BYOB
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72 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Nothing too unique. Also, if you are a vegetarian, then beware, there's a section in the menu called vegetarian but when you look at all the dishes, they have shrimp in it.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The decore is interesting but not why you come here. I discovered this restaurant just after it opened and I was very pleasently surprised. There is a full menu of soups, hot pots, rice dishes and so on, ALL at a very reasonable price. Sushi, did I mention they have sushi? The wait staff is pleased to see you and... More

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My daughter has been there before and she recommended me to go.I had Basil Tofu and it was excellent.Service was very quick and price is very reasonable too. My daughter had noodle with seafood and it was tasty too. This is Malaysian cuisine restaurant but I'm not sure any different from Chinese dishes. There are many veriety of food on... More

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside or inside but the food is very authentic Malaysian/Singaporean Chinese food. The Laksa, the Roti, the Guai Tiu, the fish head curry, they are all what I remember from Malaysian restaurants in Hong Kong and one trip to Singapore. If you are caucasian the waiters may try to talk you out... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I spent three days at Philadelphia for an academic conference and went to this restaurant three times. I never got tired of the food. This is the best place in the Eastern United States to get authentic Malaysian cuisine. The variety is great, the flavors are rich but not overwhelming. The service staff is friendly too.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Visited restaurant with 5 friends. Large variety on menu from Chinese influenced dishes to Thai influenced dishes. We had a nice green curry soup, a tasty chicken curry dish, and a nice beef with aromatic spices. The flat bread appetizer was also excellent. Only drawback was it was really noisy and packed on Saturday night. Prices were modest. I will... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My husband and I lunched here after attending a conference at the PA Convention Center. The inside is clean and nicely decorated, and the service was friendly and efficient. Menu is a combination of Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Japanese, and takes a little deciphering, but is worth it. We split the banana leaf satay chicken appetizer that came with... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had a very enjoyable lunch here. Food was very good and service was excellent. Price wasn't too bad considering it is in Philadelphia. I would visit again if I were in the area.

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Banana Leaf on Arch Street is within close proximity to the Convention Center, and well worth seeking out if you are attending an event downtown. The menu is " all Asia", a little Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Indian. The food, however, is very good, and once you decide the service is quick. The server was attentive,and the restaurant was clean.... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Sizzling meat platter was the best of the four dishes we ordered. The mango chicken was also pretty good and the green curry beef in the clay pot wasn't bad. Fried noodles with chicken and salted fish was yuck, but that was probably due to our not understanding what salted fish was. Atmosphere nothing fancy and service ok at best.... More

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