Hilton suggested this restaurant... it looks yummy to me... Hoping the Melinda will come!!!--
--- and please gang:
If this ends up being waitlisted event, update your RSVP ASAP if you have other plans and do not unRSVP hours before the event. It is extremely poor manners to unRSVP moments (or just be a no-show) prior to a meetup and expect that be enough time for a waitlister to saddle up and join the event. People take the time to plan these events and those displaying poor manners with lack of follow thru for waitlisted events limits others from participation. I wouldn't think this would need to be pointed out but, sadly it is so.
A review online says:
John Lai, a veteran chef whose 30-plus year career has taken him from his native Hong Kong to the Bahamas to North Carolina, has opened Banana Leaf in the former Bombay Beijing space in Cary’s Village Square Shopping Center. Lai has given the dining room a makeover, keeping the bamboo accents but lightening the look with a fresh coat of paint in a cheery banana yellow for a contemporary Asian bistro feel.
The menu follows suit with a pan-Asian offering that spans the continent from Malaysian coconut soup to Korean spicy noodles to Japanese udon to Thai curry. All the usual Chinese-American suspects are present and accounted for, and a respectful nod is given to ma po tofu and other Szechuan classics.
But the prime attraction is the Cantonese cuisine that is the chef’s specialty. Entire categories are devoted to casseroles (among them salted fish and chicken with eggplant, and beef stew with Chinese turnips), noodle dishes and noodle soups. The seafood category lives up to the Cantonese reputation for maritime fare with 18 options ranging from sweet and sour braised grouper to fresh squid with XO sauce. And if you’ve been searching in vain for Peking duck, you’ll be happy to know that chef Lai offers an authentic (and only slightly abridged) two-course version for $29.95. The menu doesn’t say so, but you may want to call ahead on this one.
Given the paucity of Cantonese options in the Triangle, Banana Leaf (1026 Ryan Road;[masked]) promises to be a most welcome addition to the local dining scene. You can check it out for yourself Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 9:30p.m.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/14/3370932/asian-restaurant-banana-leaf-opens.html#storylink=cpy