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Jan 2, 2012 10:12 PM

New Indonesian Restaurant in Temple City replaces The Sushi

Just passed by it today not sure if it's open but will try to take a look soon and give it a try if it is.

This will be some great addition for variety in the area even if it is more Asian food. At least it replaces the crap-tacular sushi joint that was there before.

Address is: 5835 Temple City Boulevard, Temple City, CA 91780

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  1. Wow, that must be the narrowest restaurant in LA County!

    In any case, there's a little more info about the new place here:

    Banana LEAF
    5835 Temple City Blvd Temple City, CA 91780

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    1. re: Peripatetic

      Thanks for finding the name of the place. Yeah the restaurant is a bit small as I remember the sushi join before it only had 4 or 5 tables and probably seated 20, if 25 max.

      1. re: Johnny L

        Thanks for the update. 20 to 25?, gee, that's big compared to some places in the SGV. Does anyone remember Dean Sin World before they took out the partition?

        1. re: JThur01

          I remember. :)

          There are definitely smaller restaurants than 5835 Temple City Blvd, (e.g. Nha Trang) but I don't recall seeing a narrower one, especially for a distinct structure: It might be an optical illusion, but it looks narrower than the length of the subcompact parked in front in this photo from Google Street View:

          I suspect it was originally an alley between the neighboring structures.

          1. re: Peripatetic

            Yes definitely roomier than compared to Nha Trang!

            1. re: Johnny L

              Nha Trang, another great example. Perhaps for a general topics or another thread, but I wonder what the smallest seating capacity currently is for a SGV restaurant?

              Tofu King in Rowland Heights is another good one, but they have the patio style seating outside the stall. But, inside...

              EDIT: good point. Being a stall shouldn't count compared to a "full" restaurant.

              1. re: JThur01

                I don't really think Tofu King counts since its more of a stall.

                Anyway I passed by it again yesterday they are still in the process of getting things ready but the tables and chairs are in and the front counter with a cold storage is in so could be a matter of a few weeks, maybe even a few days?

                1. re: JThur01

                  ... but I wonder what the smallest seating capacity currently is for a SGV restaurant?

                  QQ in Temple City.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Yes, having been in there, I should have thought of that. I think we have a winner.

                    1. re: JThur01

                      Old Country Cafe might be a close second.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I hadn't even thought about Old Country. Seats about 15-16?...if you don't count the couch in the Manga store.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      How many seats?

                      And what food, any good?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Grandpa's Tea House, Arcadia, seats 10, but they've squeezed 2 extra chairs onto 2 2-tops, so now it seats 12.

                        It makes Old Country look huge, and should "rival" QQ as being the smallest with sit down.

                  2. re: Peripatetic

                    Stacked Sandwiches in Arcadia seats about 9-10 people at the counter. There are no tables.

                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      Wow. Is this sandwich joint any good?

                      1. re: kevin

                        Yes pretty good if you ask me, their burgers are quite good especially the monstrous whacked stack.

              2. re: Peripatetic

                Is Banana Leaf the same as the one on Fairfax and 3rd in the Fairfax district in the Farmer's Market?

              3. I digress, but does "crap-tacular" mean it's good in a shitty way, or just plan shitty, and terrible?


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                1. re: kevin

                  I think crap-tacular is in the same token as sh*t-tastic?

                  Again, per kevin's msg above, same as BL in in the FM? Anyone?

                  1. re: TonyC

                    > same as BL in in the FM?

                    My guess is no. Firstly, the proper name of the restaurant at the FM is "Singapore's Banana Leaf" while this one is apparently named "Banana LEAF" [caps are theirs]. Secondly, the FB page doesn't make any reference to the restaurant at the FM. If it were the same owners, I'd think they would have said something.

                    1. re: Peripatetic

                      Perhaps tied to the BL in the BA?

                      Grasping at thin air here...

                      1. re: TonyC

                        Someone could call and ask :-) To me, it's interesting to see an Indonesian restaurant that isn't in Alhambra.

                        1. re: JThur01

                          What about the two across from each other in WLA (Indo Cafe and Simpang Asia)?

                          1. re: will47

                            I meant in terms of the SGV. And isn't it down to one of those (or were those reports incorrect)? Alhambra still has them beat 3-2 or 3-1

                            1. re: JThur01

                              Yup, Indo Cafe closed last March.

                              If Javanese counts (and why wouldn't it?), there's also Merry's House of Chicken in West Covina (which I still haven't tried).


                              1. re: Peripatetic

                                I've been there (Merry's) once. It was pretty good, at least based on the stuff we tried, though the location is kind of in the middle of nowhere. Staff was really nice, and the food was tasty.

                                Maybe it's because I'm vegetarian, but I prefer the selection at Simpang Asia. I did like it a bit better than Wong Java House, though.

                        2. re: Peripatetic

                          I ate a the Banana Leaf in the FM a couple of weeks ago and asked them if they were related to the most fantastic Banana Leaf I ate at in Vancouver, they said no.

                          1. re: WildSwede

                            I was dissapointed with Banana Leaf in Vancouver. My spicy chili crab was too sweetvand not spicy. I'm gonna cross my fingers and hope this place makes good pempak.

                    2. tried lunch today. food was kinda disappointing.

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                      1. re: dreamcast18

                        judging from Yelp pictures it did look the part too.