This place needs little introduction - it's an institution on its own, based purely on the power of word-of-mouth generated by the heat and awesomeness of the food here. Situated directly opposite Bangsar Village (the Delicious end), I found myself staring at the hordes of people traffic moving in and out of Sri Nirwana Maju one sleepy Sunday afternoon. And when joined by friend later, we decided banana leaf rice for lunch it was then.
There are so very few ways you can go wrong with banana leaf rice. Rice, soaked with aromatic curry, dressed with an assortment of tasty sides all on a fresh leaf... Sri Nirwana Maju is doing something very right to stay at the top of a very competitive game!
Poppadums in a basket... can you hear CRUNCH any louder?
We didn't want to overdo sides, as we wanted to remain conscious that afternoon. I had the honour of choosing one to share and I ended up with this, which didn't turn out as good as it looked - a peppery, tumeric-ky, curry-leafy, chicken dish. Still, it's only one wrong in a sea of rights, so Sri Nirwana still gets a nod!
And the cream of the banana leaf experience - fried bitter gourd!! This is heavenly, crispy and soft at the same time, with a wonderful balance of spices. And upon seeing our expression of unmasked delight when it was served, the wait staff piled on a larger than usual mound on our leaves.
Our meal for two, including one drink, came up to about RM17. Not too bad at all, considering the neighbourhood!