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Banana Leaf

1009 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center East)
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Ranked #287 of 3,692 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $3 - $22
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
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66 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Kaaawa, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My wife is here in Philadelphia for a conference, and I tagged along to get a little taste of winter (we live in Hawaii). Banana Leaf is only a short walk from the Downtown Marriott, which is the conference hotel. After checking the menu online, we almost decided to avoid the place. The menu is extremely long with many items... More

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Bakersfield, California
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were looking for a reasonably-priced restaurant in Chinatown and found the Banana Leaf. They have a huge menu with several different cuisines represented. Although nominally a Malaysian restaurant, they also have Thai and Chinese, as well as a few Indian dishes. They also have a Sushi bar! We have two younger children, and everyone found something to like. Food... More

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38 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We dropped in here for a quick meal at the end of a US holiday. Being a Malaysian from the foodie heaven of Penang, I decided to check out their laksa, and was very pleasantly surprised. The only improvement I'd suggest is a bit more shredded pineapple, and some mint leaves. My hubby liked his fried noodles too. Prices were... More

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New York City
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85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I stopped in here and had a good lunch. The menu is very eclectic. A mix of Chinese and Thai. The Pad Thai was ok but my friends beef noodle plate was amazing! The prices were reasonable.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Came here with my husband and in-laws for dinner while on vacation. The portions are large and the price is good. I ordered a noodle soup, because it was labeled as the restaurant favorite, but it wasn't my favorite. My mother-in-law ordered the Mango Chicken and it was to die for! So good! Even though it was very busy when... More

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