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Jun 26, 2007 01:28 PM

best roti prata?

the type that is totally layered and you have to pick at it to eat it. not something flat and one layered like naan.

i've had great roti prata at straits cafe. was just wondering what other places are good?


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  1. i love love love the roti prata at Banana Leaf (Milpitas). if you're ever there on the weekends you see the special roti chefs churning these out like there's no tomorrow!

    1. Roti Canai at Singapore OTC in Dublin is great.

      1. I enjoyed the Roti Canai at Banyan Garden in Union City. You can see them making them in the kitchen through the window.

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        1. re: clarsen

          Is the place in the shopping center on John Daly Blvd still there? Banana Island, I think it's called... what do people think of the roti canai there?

          I've only been once, had soup as I was under the weather, but they had a special open kitchen area where the roti was made and it looked many-layered at the other tables I observed. I've been meaning to go back to investigate further.

          1. re: bernalgirl

            Roti prata was good, unfortunately they were out of murtabak on the day we went (a sunday).
            They also had deserts made from roti prata (peanut butter, fruits etc stuffed in the roti prata & folded to make pockets).

          2. re: clarsen

            Can you describe the process the chefs use to make the roti? I had one in Singapore where the chef repeatedly slammed a ball of dough against a hot griddle until it was paper thin, then folded it up (actually, it was a murtabak, so he folded seasoned lamb and a raw egg into it). One of the best things I've had in my life, and for a while I was obsessed with murtabak, but I've had so many tough ones that I kind of gave up. But if Banyan Garden makes them with that process, I'm there.

          3. I'm a fan of the roti prata at Shiok! in Menlo Park.

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            1. re: iOrderTheLamb

              As crazy as it sounds, the best roti prata I've had is at the Coconut Grove in the Great Mall (, much much better then the one at Banana Leaf (although the Banana Leaf probably has better entrees). If it didn't make me look like a pig I could order 10 orders of roti prata there and call it lunch.

              1. re: Bunson

                Have you had their murtabak (see explanation of my murtabak obsession above). I just looked at their online menu... looks like theirs is with beef. Wish I could find one made with lamb.

                1. re: daveena

                  I did get the roti murtabak once - it was made with ground beef and onion, decent but didn't blow me away. I would have been better off with two orders of the prata, which alone is why I go back there.

                  1. re: daveena

                    Being a fan of Murtabak myself, I completely understand your obsession. When In Singapore, I have been multiple times to Zam Zam solely to eat the Murtabak. IMHO, there is nothing like the murtabak that you get there. I have had multiple including the one in Coconut grove, Banana *, Penang * etc. but nothing like the one in Singapore. perhaps the one that comes closest is the one available at Straits Cafe in SF.

                    1. re: rdabke

                      Interesting - I tried a bunch of places in the South Bay and came to a similar conclusion (Straits in Burlingame won - I haven't tried Straits in SF).

                      Link to my original murtabak post, before I hijack this thread any further:

                      1. re: daveena

                        the former Straits chef is now at Lime Tree making really good murtabak for the half the price.

                      2. re: rdabke

                        Now we just need some stalls where we can get it fresh after midnight. It always is best in Singapore when you've been out all night on the town and need something to stick to your gut!