Pining for an Indian meal more like that which I became accustomed to in KL, I found Cambridge’s Banana Leaf restaurant. A little outside town, it is a Sri Lankan and South Indian place. It does lots of dosa and different breads with sauces, plus rice and curries. It is pretty standard inside, but was very busy for a Tuesday night (perhaps, as I found out the first time I tried to visit after a 3km walk, as it is closed on Mondays). Once we were finally able to order after about 15 minutes, the service was good. The food was good to great, and I would like to return soon to try a few more dishes.

Starters, Banana Leaf, Cambridge

We had rasa vadai and gobi 65 to start. The former is savoury doughnuts in a rasam hot and sour soup; the latter cauliflower cooked in a light spicy batter; both were delicious.

Dosa, Banana Leaf, Cambridge

My friend made the mistake of asking for the mains to be brought together, which meant his masala dosa was a bit soggy, but my paneer masala dosa was light and crispy. His was a large crispy pancake filled with a mild potato curry, served with coconut sauce, spicy sauce and dhal, while mine was the same but with mild cheese cooked into the pancake. It was all good without breaking into very good territory – slightly sour bread, nice sauces, ok filling. The only real let down was the mango lassi which didn’t really taste of mango.

Address: 20 Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1JY

Telephone: 01223 355955


Directions: Head out of town across Mitcham’s Corner to Milton Road and it is soon on the right, next to Subway.

(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)