Kicker: Star Radio Group traffic announcer 'Navster' Navin Rishal gives the banana leaf rice at Restoran Sri Grand City in PJ the thumbs up. Kicking off the third month of the Star People's Food Awards is the theme of banana leaf rice. - Photo by CHAN TAK KONG"
A banana leaf loaded with vegetables, curries, achar, papadam and fluffy white rice is probably the epitome of a satisfying meal.
This is the theme for the third round of The Star People’s Food Awards in August.
The awards started in June and features a different local street food for a period of 12 months.
The public can submit photos and stories on Metro Online Broadcast (mob.com.my) to nominate deserving restaurants and vote for the ones they feel are most deserving of the title.
To kick things off, Star Radio Group traffic presenter ‘Navster’ Navin Rishal visited Restoran Sri Grand City in Jalan Dato Mahmud, Section 11, Petaling Jaya, based on a friend’s recommendation.
“I heard this place serves good banana leaf meal, so I’m looking forward to enjoying some great South Indian cuisine,” he said.
The restaurant was filled with patrons at lunch.
Service was prompt as Navin was immediately given a selection of achar, vegetables, curries and side dishes to go with rice.
After tasting, he gave the meal a thumbs up.
“I like their chicken varuval. The mutton curry is also very good. The prawn sambal is made just right without being too spicy,” he said.
So, what is the perfect banana leaf rice meal for the Navster?
“To me, it has to have well-cooked rice, crunchy pappadam, fish curry and fried bitter gourd,” he said, adding that the version in Sri Grand City did not disappoint.
“The environment is also clean and air-conditioned. I will definitely be coming back here again,” he said.
Owner P. Sangapillai said their popular dishes were mutton masala, mutton varuval and chicken masala.
“We blend and grind the chillies everyday for freshness,” said Sangapillai, adding that he learnt the recipes for authentic South Indian cuisine from his mother.
The restaurant has been operating since 1985, and Sangapillai said there were no plans to open a second restaurant as he wanted to maintain the quality.
A basic banana leaf meal costs RM7.
Sri Grand City restaurant is located at Jalan Dato Mahmud 11/4, Section 11, Petaling Jaya.
If you have a favourite place to recommend, log on to www.mob.com.my
Nominations will be held between Aug 1 and 10, while voting will begin on Aug 15 to midnight on Aug 31.
The prize winners of the month will be announced on the first week of the following month.
Those who nominate, vote or successfully share a link, stand to win attractive prizes such as hotel stays and dining vouchers in five-star establishments.