Breakfast at the Salt Lake Outlet of Banana Leaf in Sector 5

Anyone who has shared a meal with me is aware that I am a huge carnivore. But, there’s one place I can walk into for a love vegetarian meal.: Banana Leaf. The brand name represents a tradition of good food in the city, and has an apt name; has not just survived but actually thrived successfully in the city of meatarians. While its oldest outlet is in Rashbehari Avenue, it has expanded in the past couple of years. I have been to the Bhowanipur outlet before. Recently, I enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the Salt Lake outlet of Banana Leaf in Sector 5.

Breakfast at the Salt Lake Outlet of Banana Leaf in Sector 5

Banana Leaf in Sector 5: JustODThings

Banana Leaf in Sector 5

Location and Ambience

I had an invitation to attend a lovely bloggers’ meet at Banana Leaf in Sector 5, and as I had expected, is was absolutely delightful. It is located in the Globsyn Crystal building. It is a humble setup, with the restaurant’s signature wooden tables and chair. It’s almost like enjoying a meal in a house. I find a lot of homely rusticity in the restaurant, from the decor to how the food is served in steel utensils. And, I absolutely love that about Banana Leaf

Traditional South Indian Food at Banana Leaf

We began our breakfast rather late, with a plate of soft, fluffy Idlis made of rice and Urad Dal, and crispy Sada Vadas made from ground pulses with a soft, silky inside. These were served with Coconut Chutney and Sambhar, and brought the best of simplicity to the plate. Then came the enormous Masala Dosa with a traditional stuffing of Aloo Masala. It was around two feet in length; surprisingly, this isn’t even their largest dosa, because they serve one of five feet! Next, we tried the Uttapam Platter, with five mini uttapams with various toppings that keep changing every day. I absolutely adore the little uttapams with different flavours and tastes, but the one with onions is my most favourite.

Uttapam Platter, Idli and Sada Vada, and Masala Dosa at Banana Leaf in Sector 5: JustODThings

Uttapam Platter, Idli and Sada Vada, and Masala Dosa at Banana Leaf in Sector 5

The thing with vegetarian food is, it feels so light, you keep gorging on it. That’s what we did, and we realised that we were WAY past the breakfast hours. But, there was more!

Our Dhania Butter Masala Dosa arrived soon. It’s packed with the flavours of coriander and mint from the mix that’s smeared across it while cooking, and the Aloo Masala made it a filling breakfast item. After that, we tried the Cheese Onion Rava Masala Dosa, which, as the name suggests, is made of semolina and has an abundance of gooey cheese and sweet onion. I personally prefer this dosa without the masala filling, but I couldn’t help appreciate the lovely combination of the spicy Aloo Masala and the sweet and cheesy crust. Finally, to end the elaborate spread on a sweet note, we had Rava Kesari, a traditional semolina dessert, studded with dry fruits and loaded with the flavour of ghee. What a lovely end to an incredible meal!

Cheese Onion Rava Masala Dosa, Dhania Butter Masala Dosa, and Rava Kesari at Banana Leaf in Sector 5: JustODThings

Cheese Onion Rava Masala Dosa, Dhania Butter Masala Dosa, and Rava Kesari at Banana Leaf in Sector 5

My Thoughts

Banana Leaf reminds me that vegetarian food makes a delectable part of all cuisines, especially in our country. Our beautiful spices and aromatics, cooking techniques from the Indian households, and the gifts from Mother Nature, when put together in the right combination, can become the most irresistible dishes. No wonder I have fallen in love with authentic South Indian veg food once again. The Salt Lake outlet of Banana Leaf in Sector 5 is a must visit, especially for office goers who would like to keep it light, simple. It’s almost like eating at home!

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