18 September 2007

Banana Leaf

Bethel Road in Columbus is a decent stretch of restaurants. The Refectory, one of the top restaurants in the state, sits on Bethel. The Winking Lizard offers 100 beers in bottle and draft along with a limited vegetarian menu. There are many other dining establishments along this major thoroughfare. Hidden near 315 sits Banana Leaf, a Southern Indian restaurant that makes dynamite vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

My buffet platter, pictured above, featured light, airy vegetable pakoras, saffron rice, a rich, spicy tomato soup and many different rices, breads and chutneys. The soup was delicious, as was the seasoned potato dosa that came to the table along with a bottled water.

Banana Leaf is so named because of the Southern Indian tradition of eating food from plantain and banana leaves. This shortcoming in Franklin county was addressed by placing an image of a banana leaf at every place at the table. They serve traditional vegetarian dishes, including chaat, the Indian equivalent of street cart fare. Chaat can be ordered mild or spicy.

The small restaurant does not serve alcohol but does offer pop, coffee, juice and lassi. The buffet is $8.95 and seemed fairly priced with a decent variety. Enjoy the photos and enjoy the chaat.

Banana leaf

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