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CMT Aug 13, 2008 11:33 AM

Your best tastes, please,....coming with a big group...

  1. fmed Aug 13, 2008 03:11 PM

    Prima Taste, Banana Leaf for Malaysian/Singaporean
    Kedah House, Seri Malaysia for Halal
    I've been hearing good things about Jonker Street in Yaletown for Malaysian.

    kwailan4 - do you have any recs?

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    1. re: fmed
      grayelf Aug 13, 2008 05:40 PM

      What about Tropika? We used to go a lot when they had their outpost on Broadway in Kits. They still have three locations, downtown, Cambie and Aberdeen Mall in Rmd. I don't remember the Thai stuff...

      Here's the website:

      http://www.tropika-canada.com/

      I really liked their eggplant, sambal bunchies and roti canai, only the last of which appears on the on-line menu, but it seems rather truncated so perhaps items are not listed?

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      ck1234 Aug 13, 2008 06:20 PM

      We just did the group lunch at Banana Leaf on Broadway and it was really good! Tons of food for $12.50 each!

      http://bananaleaf-vancouver.com/menu/...

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      1. re: ck1234
        grayelf Aug 13, 2008 11:14 PM

        ck, did you go to the original BL or the one further west on Broadway? My Chowish mum swears by the one closer to Oak, but we've had uneven experiences at the one near MacDonald...

        That menu looks like really good value, though, with a couple of the dishes I like.

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          ck1234 Aug 14, 2008 11:34 AM

          We went to the one by Oak. It's the only one I've been to. The menu was a really good value, I was surprised as I've never looked at it before...well I guess cos I don't usually go to lunch with more than 6 people! Duh! :-)

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        kwailan4 Aug 14, 2008 12:20 PM

        How big is big? Are you looking to simply have a meal or enjoy the night? Only Banana Leaf Kits (?) and Prima Taste can take big groups. Banana Leaf oak and Denman have pretty small rooms. The other recs are mostly hole-in-walls.

        From fmed's list, I'll choose chilli padi over Kedah house. I've not been to chilli padi, but have attended a few functions where they were one of the caterers. The flavors are good, and it will be even better if eaten at the restaurant.

        In Richmond, you have Ellie's and the public market.

        I will not recommend Tropika if you are looking for authenticity.

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          CMT Aug 14, 2008 01:39 PM

          Thanks for question/input....we'll be 7 adults/3 kids....and looking for authenticity....much appreciated

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            kwailan4 Aug 14, 2008 06:16 PM

            I think all the places listed so far should have no problem with your group size. Banana Leaf and Prima Taste are both licensed casual restaurants with prices to match. The room for Banana Leaf in Denman is really small.

            Seri Malaysia and Chilli Padi are holes-the-wall.

            Ellie's, in Richmond, and Jonker street in Yaletown have nice rooms, but smaller operations than Banana Leaf and Prima Taste.

            The stall in the public market (it changed hands so many times I couldn't remember the name) is in a food court.

            For myself, I will choose Prima Taste because they do the dishes I like well.

            1. re: kwailan4
              fmed Aug 14, 2008 06:32 PM

              I second the rec for Prima Taste. They have large tables down the middle that can accomodate 10.

              Re: Seri Malaysia and Chili Padi - yes they are definitely holes in the wall family run places. A bit dingy to have a casual dinner, but a treat for those who like that kind of ethnic experience. Home-cooked flavours and family style service.

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                gourmet wife Aug 15, 2008 08:31 AM

                It's been awhile since I've gone to Ellies, it quite tasty and I love the option of ordering taiwanese food there. I've never been but there is a place called Kelong that serves Malaysian food on No.3 Road.

                1. re: gourmet wife
                  fmed Aug 15, 2008 09:05 AM

                  I've heard from colleagues that Kelong is good.

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                    kwailan4 Aug 15, 2008 05:20 PM

                    Kelong, Ellie's, Red Palms (Westminster Highway), Kari House (Steveston Village), Tropika and Prata Man (Garden City?) are all in Richmond. The one I return to most often is Ellie's, though the last time must have been more than a year back. Somehow, I do not usually feel like eating Malaysian when I'm in RIchmond.

                  2. re: fmed
                    fmed Aug 15, 2008 09:14 AM

                    I should mention that Seri Malaysia, Chili Padi are spinoffs from the original Kedah House on Fraser - ex-husband runs Seri, ex-wife runs the new Kedah, ex-chef runs Chili Padi. The food at is decent at all three and pretty authentic for Vancouver.

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                      kwailan4 Aug 15, 2008 05:24 PM

                      Wow! That's interesting!

                      I believe the first time I came across the chef/owner from Chilli Padi was at last year's dragonboat festival. He was operating a stall there.

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              yogilo Aug 15, 2008 07:30 PM

              Prima Taste is a franchise restaurant or what they called concept restaurants (http://www.primataste.com/concept/res...) using Prima Taste premixes products. In a way, it's not really that authentic in terms of fresh ingredients. But it tastes better I guess.

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                fmed Aug 15, 2008 10:03 PM

                I don't know how they do it with just mixes, but the food there tastes pretty good and the presentation is top notch.

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                  kwailan4 Aug 16, 2008 03:02 PM

                  Given a choice of ok and pseudo authentic food made with fresh ingredients and good and really authentic food with pseudo fresh ingredients, I'll choose the latter.

                  Perhaps it is a cultural thing.

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                  marvman Aug 18, 2008 06:49 AM

                  if no one minds driving to surrey, there are a couple of really good ones there. Satay Garden: 105-15976 108 Avenue, and Malaysian Hut: 14727 108 Avenue

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                    CMT Aug 18, 2008 04:30 PM

                    Thanks for this....from previous question, I am looking for Surrey/Delta options

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                      sarawaklaksalover Aug 19, 2008 12:17 PM

                      Just curious if anyone knows which Malay places in the Van area do a great Kuching Laksa?

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                      kwailan4 Aug 19, 2008 02:04 PM

                      I've only been to Malaysian Hut once, maybe 2 years ago. Food was ok, but one particular dessert was really good. It is a green crepe-like wrapper with coconut and palm sugar fillings. We had to wait a while for them to make it, but it was really good and authentic.

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