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An impromptu dinner took Mr. and me to Banana Leaf, the location on West Broadway near Cambie Street. We were in the mood for some good Malaysian food.

We started with two beverages. Mr. being the driver ordered the non-alcoholic Tamarind Juice. It kind of reminded me of the sour plum drink that you order at hotpot places. It’s quite refreshing and great for spring/summer weather. Being on a Saturday, the Blended Lychee Mojito is on special for $6. It had a prominent minty flavour, less of lychee, and I could really taste the rum.


With only two of us, we wanted to try as many dishes as we can, so we opted for the Appetizer Sampler for 2, which consists of a green salad, two chicken satays, two spring rolls, two roti and some calamari. I was expecting an epic platter of everything together, but they came in three different plates. Missed photo op!

First of all, we received two small servings of the Papaya & Pineapple Green Salad. It may look simple, but a bad dressing could ruin it. Not in this case. (more…)

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Mr. and I often eat out at West Coast restaurants and French bistros. To diversify our culinary experience, we took the opportunity to look for something different for Dine Out Vancouver. We decided on Latin American; we chose Baru Latino as per Frank’s recommendation list.


Honestly, I have limited knowledge about Latin American cuisine, so I went to the restaurant with an open mind and hoped for a great meal. First I noticed that its actual Dine Out menu is different from what’s on the Tourism Vancouver website: Tuna Caribe is replaced by Baru Ceviche; and only 2 Empenadas will be served, instead of 3 as stated online. Second, I concluded that they have 3 main ingredients in their dishes: tomatoes, lime and cilantro.

In addition to the Dine Out menu, we ordered some Latin Empenadas, because we (read: Joyce) like food so much. Because it’s off the regular menu, we got 3 empenadas and we chose a mix of 2 beef and 1 cheese. They came with a smoke salsa, which was roasted tomatoes with chipotle seasoning. I personally found the flavour of the stuffing a bit too mild. I could taste it, but it’s not quite there. To Mr., they were “artery clogging goodness with simple flavours”. (more…)

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