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Hilton likes Banana Leaves...

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

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  • Hilton F.

    When I saw my name attached to the event, I was apprehensive, I am glad everyone had a good experience. I am looking forward to lunch there on Tuesday.

    April 25, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      we had the bills sent to you. thanks so much Hilton!

      April 25, 2014

  • Justin

    Loved this place, and it was great being able to sample so many tasty dishes with everyone! Thanks for hosting, Jillery! Looking forward to the next one!

    April 25, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      yah... looking forward to meeting the Dot,Dash,Dash,Dot!

      April 25, 2014

  • Shawna

    This place was great; I will definitely go back. I liked the wonton soup and the spicy fish bowl best. The veggies were delicious. However, I didn't really like the pork and black mushroom spring rolls I ordered - the texture and flavor was much different than expected (wouldn't get those again) but everything else was delicious. I also had a piece of tofu slip into my dish and the texture was great, made a note to order a dish with tofu next time.

    April 25, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      i prefer summer rolls vs spring rolls these days. sent u an email... get back to me ok? ;-)

      April 25, 2014

  • jillery!!!

    GREAT FOOD. GREAT PEEPS. NEW AND OLD (the old would be...... hey!!!! i saw that finger!!!...) Great laughs everyone. BIG HUGS!!

    April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was invited to a Mixology in Thursday. I couldn't resist.

    April 21, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      a day without melinda.... *sigh*....

      April 24, 2014

  • Laura

    Need to duck out on this one. Scheduled myself for too many things this week. Laura

    April 22, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      ha ha you said Duck. that's what i ordered. lol

      April 24, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Won't be able to make it after all ;( This place sounds great and I hope there will be other chances to try it soon with y'all.

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      doing a lunch here next week Carl....

      April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work late--be there soon.

    April 24, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      Late is fine. So glad to meet you!!!

      April 24, 2014

  • Hilton F.

    OK how was the food?

    April 24, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      It was fabulous. We had the check sent to you, Hilton. THANKS!!!

      April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I can't make it....will join next!

    April 24, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    It must be fate. This place sounds amazing, and my usual Thursday coffee in Cary just got cancelled. Plus, the spicy food is just what the doctor would have ordered, had I asked her. Am I excited?!!!

    April 24, 2014

  • jillery!!!

    glad you're coming Tina! it's been ages!!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Kent

    As I might be (too) late, and given the waitlist, I am freeing up my spot.

    April 21, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      thanks, Kent!

      April 21, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      come if you can Kent. no waitlist at this point. :-)

      April 23, 2014

  • Michele

    Would anyone condier doing a lunch group at BL? They only serve the duck noodle soup during lunch Mon-Fri and I hear it is a must try.

    April 21, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      hummmm... i will arrange, esp for YOU!!!

      1 · April 21, 2014

  • Catherine

    just found out that my daughter has a concert that night, so I have to bow out.

    April 21, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      pooie!!! had a blast with you the other night! but enjoy that ($$$$ lol) concert!! near the beach right?

      April 21, 2014

    • Catherine

      this will be her last orchestra concert at ECU, so I kinda have to be there.

      April 21, 2014

  • jillery!!!

    Reservations made. Please Please Please update your rsvp asap to allow those on the waitlist to attend if you are not able to make it. It is not fair to waitlisted folks to find out 10 minutes before a meetup starts that there is a space for them. I appreciate your efforts in this request. Thanks and see you there!

    April 19, 2014

  • Hilton F.

    In my own defense, I have not eaten here. I read a good review of the restaurant and am looking forward to seeing you all there.

    April 4, 2014

    • Kent

      That's only fair--hearsay is that Hilton talks about you.

      April 18, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      YEAH,.... it's a northern thang....

      April 19, 2014

  • Hilton F.

    Working that evening :-) I want full report in the morning.

    April 16, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      I shan't call u the obvious on the page.... So read my mind.. Take THAT!! LOL

      April 17, 2014

  • Ron

    Was really looking forward to this but I have a change in plans.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Justin

    I usually have my kids on Thursdays, but if there's a change this week then I'll RSVP. I have yet to try this place, but several Yelp reviews say it's the best and most authentic Cantonese food in the Triangle.

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      just come on by if you can Justonian:-)

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • Justin

      Looks like I won't have my kids next Thursday, so I RSVP'ed!

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm "the" Melinda now?

    2 · April 3, 2014

    • jillery!!!

      you've alway been 'the' Melinda to me ;-D

      April 4, 2014

  • Michele

    Looks very interesting but I will be out of town. : (

    April 3, 2014

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