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New Indonesian Restaurant in Temple City replaces The Sushi

Johnny L Jan 2, 2012 10:12 PM

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. Peripatetic Jan 2, 2012 11:28 PM

    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
      Johnny L Jan 3, 2012 10:06 AM

      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
        JThur01 Jan 3, 2012 11:17 AM

        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
          Peripatetic Jan 3, 2012 11:47 AM

          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
            Johnny L Jan 3, 2012 02:26 PM

            Yes definitely roomier than compared to Nha Trang!

            1. re: Johnny L
              JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 10:32 AM

              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
                Johnny L Jan 4, 2012 10:55 AM

                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
                  ipsedixit Jan 4, 2012 07:49 PM

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

                  QQ in Temple City.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 08:22 PM

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

                    1. re: JThur01
                      ipsedixit Jan 4, 2012 08:26 PM

                      Old Country Cafe might be a close second.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 10:51 PM

                        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
                      kevin Jan 4, 2012 11:39 PM

                      How many seats?

                      And what food, any good?

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        TonyC Jan 5, 2012 09:05 AM

                        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
                    raytamsgv Jan 5, 2012 12:53 PM

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

                    1. re: raytamsgv
                      kevin Jan 5, 2012 05:59 PM

                      Wow. Is this sandwich joint any good?

                      1. re: kevin
                        Johnny L Jan 6, 2012 01:02 PM

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

              2. re: Peripatetic
                kevin Jan 3, 2012 10:28 AM

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

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                kevin Jan 3, 2012 10:27 AM

                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
                  TonyC Jan 3, 2012 11:57 AM

                  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
                    Peripatetic Jan 3, 2012 12:08 PM

                    > 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
                      TonyC Jan 3, 2012 02:34 PM

                      Perhaps tied to the BL in the BA? http://www.bananaleaf-usa.com/html/pr...

                      Grasping at thin air here...

                      1. re: TonyC
                        JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 10:26 AM

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

                        1. re: JThur01
                          will47 Jan 4, 2012 12:55 PM

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

                          1. re: will47
                            JThur01 Jan 4, 2012 03:27 PM

                            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
                              Peripatetic Jan 4, 2012 03:46 PM

                              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
                                will47 Jan 4, 2012 04:07 PM

                                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.

                                1. re: Peripatetic
                                  kevin Jan 4, 2012 06:43 PM

                                  damn, i gotta go to merry's.

                        2. re: Peripatetic
                          WildSwede Jan 5, 2012 04:54 PM

                          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
                            yoyo Jan 6, 2012 12:24 AM

                            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.

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                      dreamcast18 Feb 2, 2012 04:33 PM

                      tried lunch today. food was kinda disappointing.

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                      1. re: dreamcast18
                        Johnny L Feb 3, 2012 09:26 AM

                        judging from Yelp pictures it did look the part too.

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