29 Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur
T: (03) 7958 2829 F: (03) 7958 4814
A short hop from the Liza De Inn Hotel, you’ll find Kanna Curry House in Section 17, a residential part of Petaling Jaya. With a modest but clean interior and a simple outdoor section with plastic tables and chairs, it may look like any other south Indian joint in Kuala Lumpur. But appearances are not what’s driven this restaurant’s popularity; its banana leaf, on the other hand, has helped create the restaurant’s deserving reputation among KL food fans.
Usually served from the early afternoon onwards — making it an excellent lunch time choice — banana leaf isn’t meant to be extravagant fare; it’s simple in presentation, but flavourful in execution.
The banana leaf at Kanna Curry House comes with rice, a trio of vegetables, papadums (rice crackers) and three curries (fish, chicken and dhal) for the princely sum of 4.80 ringgit — for unlimited servings. A number of additional dishes can be ordered to accompany your meal, such as mutton curry (5.50 ringgit) and sambal prawns (10.00 ringgit).
What’s most popular, however, are the tender morsels of deliciousness emerging from their frying station at the front of the restaurant, made to order. Chilli-marinated chicken (5.50 ringgit), pigeon and a variety of seafood are quickly turned into scrumptious accompaniments at your request.
I recommend the fried chicken and fish, and if you can stand a little bit of fire, top off your meal with the chicken curry for a perfect mix of hot, fried and filling. If the chilli gets too much, order a round of fresh coconut water (3.50 ringgit) to sooth your senses. The staff are attentive, prompt and friendly.
Numerous restaurants serve up similar food at slightly cheaper prices across Kuala Lumpur. Kanna Curry House has perfected the banana leaf experience and the throng of people that come to dine here from all over the city is testament to that. The steeper prices — albeit still reasonable — are worth paying to experience one of the best Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Portions are also extremely good, and the rice will keep coming as long as you can still fill your stomach. Kanna also serves a number of Indian breads, including roti canai, naan and dosa to complete your south Indian food journey.
Kanna serves a mixed crowd of businesspeople, families and foreigners — you’ll have to elbow the working crowd out of the way from 12:00 till 13:30 week days, when you’ll find it hardest to get a table, though a recently opened first-floor dining section means this isn’t as much of a problem as it used to be.
By Sarah Hishan
Last updated on 26th February, 2015.