Saturday, February 23, 2013

Banana Leaf Rice & Biryani @ Fierce Curry House, Bangsar, KL

A recent craving for banana leaf rice led us to Fierce Curry House in Bangsar. Only in operation for slightly more than a year, this restaurant has garnered quite a name for itself and was even nominated for "Best Cheap Eats" and "Best Indian Restaurant" in TimeOut KL's award last year.



The restaurant is spacious, air-conditioned and very clean. Makes dining very comfortable, and great place to bring your overseas guests. We arrived just before the lunch crowd started arriving, the place was packed by the time we finished our meal. Service here is prompt, orders taken as soon as we were sat down and food arrived within minutes.



Hubby and I ordered the banana leaf rice (RM6 each), while The Unc had the Hyderabad Dum Biryani with boneless mutton (RM18). The banana leaf rice was excellent and hit the spot.... totally satisfied our cravings and more. For RM6, you get rice, 4 types of vegetables, fried bittergourd, rasam (South Indian appetizing soup), fried salted chilli, pappadam, as well as chicken or fish curry or dhall and a dessert of payasam (South Indian sago and vermicelli dessert). Pretty good value for money, I thought.

We really liked the fish curry that we had to ask for seconds (its refillable for free) and I ate a lot more rice than I usually do. It was so good. The four types of vegetables that we got was cauliflower, beansprouts, cabbage and greens.

The banana leaf rice was served on a metal plate with some banana leaf cuttings, you could either argue that this is more hygienic or that it does not feel "authentic" anymore. Personally, I am not fussed how it is served as long as it is tasty, however I did have to confirm with the waitress that this was a banana leaf rice as I was expecting it to be served on a banana leaf. For traditionalist, it seems that you can still request for it to be served on a banana leaf instead of these metal plates.

Excellent banana leaf rice!

Satisfying lunch!


To go with our banana leaf rice, we ordered a plate of mutton (RM8), very good too - tender chunks of meat and the portion was sizeable.

Before coming to Fierce Curry House, I have read about its famous Hyderabad Dum Biryani, so The Unc opted for this. He ordered the boneless mutton option, but there are many other varieties here such as chicken, scallops, cod fish, crab, king prawns, lamb shank, squid and even lobster! The biryani is served in a silver pot (which looks small but it isn't really when you see the amount of rice you can scoop out of there!) which is sealed with pastry. It is served with a mixed raita, vegetable achar and chicken curry.

As soon as the top was opened, we could smell the fragrant biryani.... and man, did it taste awesome! The rice grains were fluffy and flavorful... I couldn't help stealing spoonfuls of these from The Unc's plate.



A mountain of perfection!



We ordered 3 mango lassis which was very refreshing, but price is a little steep at RM7.50 each (considering the BLR was only RM6). :P But then again, the banana leaf rice experience for us is not complete without the mango lassi... :)


The Last Polka ice cream is available here

Verdict: Food here is great, as well as the service. Would definitely return!

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Opening times: 10.30am to 10.30pm daily.

Location: Fierce Curry House, 16, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama, Kuala Lumpur. (close to Bangsar LRT)

Tel: 019-383 0945 / 03-2202 3456

GPS Coordinates: 3.129696, 101.67969


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25 comments:

  1. The last time I went there it was a great experience. Loved the banana leaf rice spread there. Seeing your post really makes me want to return, especially your rave on the bryani! ;)
    Awhh I'm hungry now ><

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    1. Awww hope u get to go back soon to try the biryani! ;)

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  2. Hi Yen,
    I was there last December with the family and my sisters. We ordered the dum chicken briyani and mutton briyani. It was good but the mutton briyani was a little too salty for us. Nevertheless, we finished everything! The mango lassi was a little pricey, but it was good!
    Would like to try their banana leaf next. Looks so delicious!

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    1. Ooo maybe they were a little heavy handed with the salt that day... ours was perfectly flavoured, lucky for us! The BLR is very good, we will definitely return for that.

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  3. Ooo, the banana leaf rice does look nice! Banana leaf rice used to be a mid-week dinner treat for me sometimes back when I was a uni student in Penang, but I haven't managed to have it much in kl. think I should head to fierce to try theirs ... And refillable curry sounds enticing! :D

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    1. Eh I thought I saw banana leaf rice on your blogpost last time? You should try the one here if u haven't... after work is probably a good idea as you may risk falling asleep at the workdesk with the carb overload! Hehe.

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  4. wow, they are quite generous with their sides, even gave you rasam...most indian eateries now don't even have that.

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    1. I dont really like rasam though, will just drink a little. Everything else I like!

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  5. Looks very neat instead of all the stuff dumped on one big banana leaf! I love banana leaf!!! Yum! Yum!

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    1. Yeah I quite like the way it is served, feels more hygienic also.

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  6. dekar Bangsar LRT ni! Mesti visit jika pass by hahaha

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    1. Yes... pergi lah! Take LRT is also much better than driving here, cos parking is a bit tricky.

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  7. That looks so appetising and your photos make it so that I can practically smell the dishes from here! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine, is this something u can find in Aus?

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  8. Ooh suddenly I have banana leaf cravings haha!

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    1. Haha! I also had banana leaf cravings when I wrote this post.. haha next week need to ask Hubby to bring me there again.

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  9. biryani looks awesome. wonder how it compares to the myanmar ones.

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    1. Never tried Myanmar ones before wor... u go try this and let me know! ;)

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  10. Hi Yen! The dum biryani looks really good!... I'll be your overseas guest one day... :)

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    1. It would be my pleasure to bring you here.. let me know!

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  11. Very neat serving of banana leaf rice.They look delicious too!

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  12. really great value for your banana leaf rice!! I am a big fan but other half is not.. oh well, I know who to call when I feel like some... lol

    The dum biryani looked good as I can see how fluffy the rice is....really strange to see Last Polka ice cream here, it would be the least expected but I guess it is really nice to cool with ice cream from the curries... :D

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  13. My favourite food! This looks so good, love the variety.

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  14. Oh yes yes yes, that banana leaf set just calls to me! I went a few months ago and my b-leaf order didn't come out like that..perhaps they have changed it? Good move on the biryani order - no one else makes them like Fierce!

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  15. Biriyani is a delicacy of India – one of the most loved dishes, Especially at weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, or any special occasion, Biriyani is a must-have on the menu.So, if you want to savor this authentic Mughal delicacy visit at reputable Biriyani house on The Local Caterers.

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