South Indian Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

South Indian Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

If there’s one place in Kolkata that has braved the pressure to modernise traditional food, and stuck to authentic South Indian cuisine as we know it, it’s Banana Leaf. I agree that South Indian food is much more than just dosa, idli, and other veggie goodies; I have myself experienced the goodness of the flavours and variety of South Indian food. But, I also agree that idli, dosa, uttapam, sambhar, etc. are a huge part of it. And, Banana Leaf has, for decades, shown Kolkatans how it’s done just right. Originally operating at Lake Market, the restaurant started to branch out only recently, with outlets at Bhowanipore and Salt Lake. And now, there’s a new outlet of Banana Leaf at Southern Avenue: and I had the chance to enjoy a royal South Indian Thali there!

South Indian Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

South Indian Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue: JustODThings

South Indian Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

LOCATION AND AMBIENCE

The Southern Avenue outlet of the restaurant is a brand new one, located near Vivekananda Park. It is, in fact, located in the same building as Zucca Lounge. I fell in love with the place the moment I entered it; it has large windows everywhere, and as I went during the daytime, I found the place flooded with sunlight. That, along with the white and green colour scheme, and modern wooden tables and chairs, gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling in my belly.

Ambience at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue: JustODThings

Ambience at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

SOUTH INDIAN THALI AT BANANA LEAF

And, very soon, hunger accompanied the fuzz. Previously, I have voraciously gobbled up their dosas, idlis, and uttapams, with the rawa kesari for dessert. But this time around, I had a different experience, and I need to mention in the very beginning that it was just as delicious! My blogger friends and I tried the South Indian Meal.

Items on the Thali

It’s a grand thali with 12 items, including Rice, Puri, four different dal-based items, vegetable and coconut Porial, Papad, Pickle, Curd, Raita, and Rava Kesari for dessert, there’s also the option of Payasam. Yes, four different dal items, each of which I totally loved, along with the other little katoris of yummies, phulko luchis, i.e Puris, jhurjhure bhaat i.e. rice – and a huge, crispy papad!

Twelve Delicious Items in the Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue: JustODThings

Twelve Delicious Items in the Thali at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

Sambar

I have tried their sambar innumerable times, and in this thali, the tangy taste and flavours of curry leaves and the veggies in it were highlighted distinctly, when paired with rice or puris. An old favourite delighted me all over again!

Rasam

I had never tried rasam at Banana Leaf before this, but it became an instant favourite. The combination of the tang of line and tamarind, with the aromas of spices, made the light, soup-like rasam a delicacy with a rusticity that I loved!

Karakuzambu

It looks like a thick, rich gravy; upon tasting, I loved how, because of all the sourness from the tamarind, it’s packed with freshness. The thickness comes from its coconut milk content. It tasted like a thicker, spicier version of sambar.

Kuttu

Another dal-based item, this one does not have the sourness of the others. In fact, because of the texture of the dal, along with the gourd pieces, reminded me of the version that we Bengalis cook at home during the summer months.

Poriyal

Poriyal is a dish that’s generally cooked with any kind of vegetable. The one that was served with the Thali had cabbage in it. It’s a dry dish, with an abundance of coconut. I loved it so much that I had it without any rice or puri!

Raita

Even the simple raita turned out to be an absolute delight. I love curd anyway, and when it has finely chopped onions and chillis in it, it has to taste absolutely brilliant. I am a fan of raita, and this little katori brought the thali together.

Rava Kesari

I have no new praise to sing about this beauty. It looks like the first glow of the sun, and it tastes like heaven. It’s just semolina halwa, sprinkled with dry fruits. But, it is, without a doubt, the best way to end any meal: on a sweet note!

Details about the Thali

The South Indian Thali is available at Banana Leaf between 12 noon and 3 pm and again between 7 pm and 9:30 pm, every day. The best thing about this thali, besides the variety of tastes, is that it is unlimited! Yes, you can refill any item, as many times as you want! What’s even better is that this unlimited meal is available at a price of just Rs. 180! Can you imagine that?

Unlimited Puris with the Katoris of Deliciousness at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue: JustODThings

Unlimited Puris with the Katoris of Deliciousness at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

MY VERDICT

There’s very little left to be said about Banana Leaf, its food, and its service. Kolkata has known about it for decades, now. All I can say to those who shy away from veg food or, maybe South Indian food in fear of curry leaves and tamarind, need to be at Banana Leaf. Don’t want to try idlis and dosas? Try the South Indian Meal! I loved my experience at the new Banana Leaf outlet at Southern Avenue. I left the restaurant, happy and content, and I’m sure every diner does!

Unlimited South Indian Food at Just Rs 180 at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue: JustODThings

Unlimited South Indian Food at Just Rs 180 at the New Banana Leaf Outlet at Southern Avenue

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