I was first introduced to Indian cuisine by this restaurant under a different name: Annapurna. Carryovers include: the Chowpatty chaat stall, wide range of unique dishes, and the lassis.
What to expect:
The buffet is filled with a wide variety of food. Lunch and dinner contain different menu items and it greatly varies. Some features include the BEST Malai Kofta, a curried pasta stew and many new ""unseen"" veggie dishes.
While many restaurants focus on a number of mainstream dishes, Banana Leaf pulls our an unconventional recipe book and delivers an amazing experience. The keynote feature--albeit high in fat--is the Chowpatty Chaat stall. Rice Krispies, yogurt and spice? You got it! Somosa? This is far from the standard as it comes smothered in Chana Masala. My personal favorite is the ragda pattis--complete with yellow peas, sev noodles (yum) and a mildly spicy patty. Dosas, vadas, and idli offer a fresh approach to bread. No worries--parata is still available and served on the table!
Vegetarians will find the meals balanced with a number of ways to get ample protein. Idli, one of the breads typically consumed with sambhar (a lentil tomato spice soup), is actually fermented beans. Yogurt and rice offers a light treat. Meat eaters can easily get stuffed and not fear hunger later.
Dessert varies with the most common being Payasam--a sweet milk dish with vermicilli, saffron and ""chai"" spice. Other features, the halwa, rasmalai, and galub jamon are phenomenal treats.
Lastly, beverages include mango, rose and khus (citrus) lassi. More adventurous types should look into the thandai (not included in the buffet) which has fresh spices, nuts and saffron tossed in--you can drink and eat this delicacy.
Staff is rapidly growly and all are eager to introduce you to the vast array of food you will see.
Cost for the buffet is extremely low compared to the sheer amount of food you get. Be sure to save room all day before going.
For folks who are sensitive to spice ordering from the menu may be recommended as most buffet items are at least a 2/10 for spicy with some close to a 5 range. Some dressing items easily push this to a 7+.
Pros: Wide variety of food, fresh made, helpful staff
Cons: Highly addicting