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Menu Recs: Banana Leaves

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Hey all,

I'm eating at Banana Leaves tonight, the new-ish Asian fusion place in DuPont. I've been to a bunch of those types of restaurants and the menus always look the same, so I'll always order a beef dish. I'd like to try something new. Has anybody been to Banana Leaves, and if so, what are your recs? Also, how was the experience overall?

Thanks!

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Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar
2020 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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  1. Nothing really to add here, except their website gives me a headache:

    http://www.mybananaleaves.com

    But, they did stuff a carry out menu in my mailbox one day, so I'm quite excited that they might deliver to the Shaw/Logan Circle area.

    Please do tell if there is something to be had here!

    1. I've been there a few times and have mostly enjoyed myself. The service can be hit-or-miss, though. They do a LOT of delivery business and their kitchen gets backed up very easily. We've often had to wait a while (longer than expected) to get our food. The quality varies also, but mostly it's been good. When they started they cut their sushi fairly large, which I thought was great. Now it's more "normal-sized," but still tasty. On the cooked side, I've had the Thai Stir-Fried Basil Leave [sic] (which is your basic Ka Prow), Mee Goreng, Curry Laksa, and the BaBa Curry. They were all good. I didn't particularly think the Miracle Shrimp was that much of a miracle, though.

      1. I've eaten there once or twice but have had delivery from them numerous times. It is what it is, but for what it is, there are some nice items. I love the crab rangoon, which is meaty with crab and not too cream cheesey and served with a great spicy dipping sauce. I also like the Miracle shrimp, which is a bit weird, but tasty. There's another signature dish (can't remember what it's called) that has a variety of thai items and a fried egg. Pretty nice.
        Regarding the sushi, I don't really trust it too much. When last I ordered it, I found it mealy and not so fresh.