The standard banana leaf rice set of RM 5 gets you Basmati Rice, Fried Snake Gourd, Pickled Vegetables, Crispy Papadam, Cucumber Salad and Vegetable Salad and Curries of your choice like what you see here. For additional orders, one may choose from a selection of fried chicken, fish, cuttlefish and many more. Selection is done from a top opening fridge located next to the payment counter. I usually go for Ikan Berus, a type of small fish much like the Belanaks, but slightly bigger in size. Deep fried, it’s extremely crunchy and its meat is really sweet. Just be careful of the bones. We had a pair of this, RM 10 for two fishes.
The fried chicken is much like a normal affair in any other banana leaf restaurants, but at RM 5, I find it expensive when you could easily get quarter of an Ayam Percik during the Ramadhan month for approximately RM 7.
The ‘resam’ is a must for me whenever banana leaf is concerned but here in Nirvana, the ‘resam’ is thicker and less oily than others but still packs the same taste and aroma. Only one complaint here, because it’s served in plastic containers, the ‘resam’ is not hot enough, while in many banana leaf restaurants, ‘resam’ is always served hot in stainless steel cups.
So, 2 sets of Banana Leaf Rice, 2 pieces of Ikan Berus, 1 piece of Fried Chicken, a glass each of Iced Lime (Limau Ais) and Sugarless Hot Lime (Limau Panas Kosong) cost us RM 22. One satisfying meal.
My tummy rating: 8.9/10