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Finally. Since moving to Texas at the end of 2004, I had about resolved myself to never having good Thai food again. Last night I found Banana Leaf online in a last ditch effort to solve my Thai need. Sadly I don't remember the name of the person that took my phone order, but would know him again instantly. Good first impressions go so far and he was exceptional in every possible way. Warm, charming, personable, he made helpful suggestions and covered everything far and above anything I have ever encountered with any business. This guy was nothing but an asset. For two people I ordered three entrees and the Cajun Fried Rice. From the very first bite, I knew my money was well spent. Each bite following only re-enforced that. Today as I was bragging on my experience, a co-worker suggested we go one day for lunch. Geez, can we go tomorrow...I can't get there fast enough. Thank you Banana Leaf.
Great for diets. i am on a diet and can only eat chicken, carrotts and veggies like that, no carbs, no dressing etc...... I simply told the tahi waiter what I could eat, he made some suggestions and it was perfect! If you are on a special diet they are very accommodating! When I am not on a diet I come here too, but felt compelled to write for us ladies that may need some help but don't want to eat in all the time. Great place, great service, great food
Some guest just won't allow you to take care of them. I am glad you allowed us to do what we normally do, and that is to take care of the guest. I can probably cook your Thai Food anyway you want it, but the only person who knows how they want it is you. Thanks for allowing us to take of you-Steve
Awesome food, great dining experience. I was on a business trip and was fortunate that this was the very first restaurant that came up on a search for Thai restaurant on my Blackberry. Steve (the owner) introduced himself and bought me a sample of the red curry from the kitchen for me to guage the level of spicyness for the food I was going to order. I ordered the Chicken Satay which was much bigger chicken on the stick compared to other Thai places. I also had the Thai Basil Chicken for the entree and the dish was extremely flavorful and very well made. Rounded off the evening with Fried Bananas & Coconut Icecream. Will definitely visit him when I am next in town.
Thanks for the kind words and hope to see you the next time you are in town. Maybe I can set-up a catering for your company. Thanks again, Steve
Don't spend 2 hours to eat greasy unhealthy food!. ok not sure where all of the rating is coming from but this place was the worst Tai place I have EVER been to! I looked to see on here where is a good Tai spot to go to for lunch, this place is not it yall. Waited over 30 minutes for appetizer and water , we were there for over an hour by the time they brought our food so we had it to go and take back to work with us! Took 20 minutes for her to bring the to go food now, waited 10 minutes for the check and this is while she was cleaning up tables! I?m now at my desk writing this to save you some time, the food is the greasiest Pad Tai I have ever had and the peanut sauce had layer of oil on top of it. So in a nutshell, you?ll spend too much time waiting for a table, starve before you get your food and beverage and be an hour late back to work all for food that is not worth it. Save time, find another place!
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First of all thank you for taking time out to write this response. Some bad days are like a snowball going downhill, it gets bigger and bigger.
Did you eat lunch on Thursday, March 20th? Was it you and another lady friend. If so I apologize for your experience. Normally I am always there, but that day I was not in (kids spring break).
To make things short and sweet, I would like to comp your meal and also send you a gift certificate. That is not the norm for our restaurant. My family has been in this restaurant location for 19 years, and I know things happen. I just hope they don't happen too often.
Please pick up a phone and call for me-Steve(the cajun-asian). I believe we have most of your credit card info to give you credit, but I need just a little more info.
Thanks again for the response and I am sorry.
Great food. Busy on Friday during lunch..
I have a co-worker who is very hard to please. He emphasized several times that he can not eat spicy food but I was feeling adventurous and decided to try out Banana Leaf for lunch. Our waitress helped us pick out a non-spicy dish from the menu. In his exact words, his "Pineapple Fried Rice" was "the best I have ever had".
I have a feeling we'll be going back again very soon.
Thanks for the feedback-Come by and ask for your 2009 VIP Card-Thanks Again, Steve
Mediocre the day I went. Overall, I thought the food and service were mediocre and the value for the food was not good. I haven't been back and I live right around the corner.
be treated royally, family friendly. At the Bamboo Leaf they realize that there are tons of restaurants vying for your dinner dollar. They offer lots of coupons, cordial service and an exceptionally cheerful staff. They are willing to customize anything on your order from the level of heat or salt or substitutions of vegetables etc. Our family of 3 adults live near Allen and we still drive often down to this casual dining spot. They are all willing to expound on items on their menu, speak great English and have nice photo versions of menu items. They seem to genuinely like the restaurant business and we felt cared for from our first visit. Even their lunch specials with free soup are great.
Everything is Too Sweet. After I moved to Dallas for college, I thought I would try Banana Leaf, since it was nearby my school and supposedly it was the #1 Thai restaurant in Dallas. My boyfriend and I ordered the cream cheese rolls for appetizer. These are supposed to taste like salty cream cheese, but it tasted as if they had added some kind of sweet chutney or something into the filling. For entree, I ordered the Massaman Curry. Though this curry is supposed to be a little on the sweet side, their version was entirely too sweet. Being Thai, I can be a little picky, but atleast I know what authentic Thai cuisine is. I have been eating it my entire life. I know there are people who judge restaurants depending on how they make Pad Thai and all, but it is the most Americanized Thai dish. I rarely see anyone eating Pad Thai in Thailand unless they are foreigners. Most of the Thai restaurants in Dallas are Americanized anyway, but I think Tamarind Thai Cuisine in Plano is one of the few authentic Thai restaurants in the area. Thai Samba (formerly Tuppee Tong) and Nandina were also good restaurants until they changed management/ownership.
THE BEST!!!. After making a clandestine visit to Dallas for business I found The Banana Leaf thru a friend, after eating Thai cusine in Thailand , not in tourist destinations, but with the Thai military, I must say service and food were excellent. The Best around. Next time I am in I will ask for the Cajun Asian (aka steve cocoa-somoa jong) I will recomend this establishment to all my friends and business associates
WOW! I just can't get enough of this place!!. A+++++ If you've ever been curious about Thai food. This is the place to go. Banana Leaf has wowed my family continuously throughout the several years of living here. Each dish is so unique. Amazing in their own ways. Restaurant management is always present and involved with your satisfaction. Don't be afraid to request something unusual. This restaurant will accommodate just about anything that you can throw at them.. I'm proof of that. I am a very picky eater. A high maintenance diner if you will. I have never been let down by Banana Leaf. EVER! Don't just take my word for it. TRY IT! You will like it. As for anyone that has anything negative to say about this restaurant. If Banana Leaf cannot satisfy you, nothing will. HAPPY DINNING!!
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