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Banana Leaf Restaurant and Cafe

GIO Bldg
240 -250 City Walk
Canberra CBD ACT 2601
Tel : +61 2 6248 5522
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Price Range: $$$$
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Sri Lankan food comes into its own at Banana Leaf Restaurant and Cafe, where it shares the spotlight with some interesting Modern Australian meals. This Civic restaurant is well-known for its flavoursome dishes and eclectic menu, which goes from smoked salmon and egg salad or black Angus sirloin to traditional Sri Lankan chicken and potato pan rolls and lamb biriyani. A range of vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free meals are available.

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Right outside the Canberra Centre; close to the Civic bus interchange.

Placidly sitting in the bustle of Civic shops, Banana Leaf Restaurant and Cafe embodies the Australian spirit of diversity with a sub-continental twist. With a wide, sweeping glass awning and floor-length windows, Banana Leaf spills out onto the pavement, providing a light and airy atmosphere in the warmer months and acting as a beacon of warmth in the dead of winter. One of the lovely things that distinguishes this laidback establishment is a welcoming aura of authentic Sri Lankan friendliness and hospitality, evident in the smiles on the waiters’ faces and a considerate menu that placates even the fussiest eater.

If you’re on the go, grab a steak sandwich a la Lanka – char-grilled minute steaks infused with cumin and ginger, served with tomato, aubergine and chip potatoes. For an authentic dinner or lunch, try the unusual Dutch-inspired dish lomprisht – a preparation of rice, chicken, fish fricadel and curries, wrapped and baked in a fragrant banana leaf. Or some true-blue Arnhem Land barramundi, grilled with lemon myrtle and bush peppers, served on a bed of sweet potato and macadamia mash. Vegetarians will love string hoppers – gorgeous Sri Lankan rice noodles served on traditional mats with curries. If you’re feeling less adventurous, there’s always a selection of cafe favourites like risotto or fish and chips. Finish up with some watalapam of coconut treacle custard, or a refreshing mango lassi. Whether it’s a quiet coffee and sweet after the theatre, a light brunch with a twist, or your next function, Banana Leaf has something for everyone.

Russell Buzby
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Banana Leaf Restaurant and Cafe - User Reviews

Judith Wimborne.:

We have dined here many times and never been disappointed. The menu provides a wide choice of really delicious dishes. This is important to us as we like to try something new each time. We have developed a list of favourites so it is sometimes hard to decide if we should have a new dish or go with one of those. The staff are attentive but not intrusive. I suggest you go early as it can be a bit noisy if there are large groups later in the evening. We have recommended Banana Leaf to friends who are now as keen as we  19/10/2012

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Restaurant Features
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Product launches

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