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May 9, 2014 11:43 PM

Which restaurants use banana leaves for food presentation?

Not long ago, in a restaurant, I was served a dish on a beautiful, flawless, shiny, bright green banana leaf. I can't remember where I was, or what the item was that was "plated" on the leaf, but I do remember it was stunning. It may not have been in SoFL at all, as I travel quite a bit.

If you've seen banana leaves used in this way locally, please chime in and help me fill in the blank.

I am looking to source about 5 dozen for a food project I am doing next week.


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  1. I'm pretty sure at Bamboo Fire Café in Delray Beach, Beverly uses banana leaves quite often.

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    1. re: CFByrne

      Thanks, CB. I'll give her a call.

      Although since I have yet to eat there, we can't use Bamboo Fire Cafe to fill in the blank. ;) So if anyone else has seen them used locally, please jump in and comment.

      1. re: culinarynomad

        I've not seen them at restaurants in Florida, but if you want to buy them, you might check Western Beef or a large Latin American food market.

    2. I have bought them at Asian supermarkets in the frozen section. My husband is from Kerala, and food is served on banana leaves for special occasions.

      1. Thank you all for the leads!

        1. I'm not sure if this qualifies but The Hot Pot does a Pork and shrimp dumpling steamed in a banana leaf! Pretty good too!