Kanna Curry House is a South Indian restaurant that occupies two shop lots at the fringe of Section 17 in Petaling Jaya, notably known for its award-winning banana leaf rice. The interior is air-conditioned which is usually fully occupied during lunch time, but famished guests who want to enjoy the evening breeze can opt for the open-air dining area opposite the restaurant. The outdoor dining area has several fans and big trees for the comfort of its diners during the hotter climate.
There is a frying station right outside the restaurant where you can marvel at the trays of marinated seafood and chicken. The marinated seafood is freshly prepared upon order by deep frying them. Enticed by the alluring fragrance, we order a portion of squid and tenggiri (narrow-barred Spanish mackerel) cutlets as we await our hearty portion of Kanna Curry House’s speciality: banana leaf rice.
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Banana leaf rice is a South Indian delicacy where diners are given a serving of parboiled white rice on a banana leaf (though Kanna Curry House has replaced the actual leaf with a paper alternative for hygiene and convenience). An assortment of vegetable dishes, ranging from cucumber salads to potato chutney, will then be scooped onto the leaf. Diners are then served with crispy papadum (thin disc-shaped flour crackers) and their choice of curries: chicken curry, fish curry, and dhal (a non-spicy curry with lentils, ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon).
Diners can also opt for additional side dishes with their banana leaf rice and there are waiters carrying trays of deep-fried chicken and meat curry dishes that are charged accordingly. We order a plate of mutton curry and deep fried chicken thighs to accompany the fried squid and fish cutlets. The curry is full of flavour and has just the right amount of spiciness while the mutton is juicy and perfectly cooked, allowing us to savour the meat’s tenderness.
Hands-down, our favourite dish is the deep-fried marinated chicken and judging by the sheer amount of orders being called by the crowd, our choice is justified. The chicken meat is succulent and tasty while the tantalising taste of deep-fried spices can be savoured with every bite. We definitely recommend this to diners who want to enjoy a rich flavour of spices without feeling overwhelmed by the tingling (or burning, to some) sensation.
Though both deep-fried seafood dishes are tantalisingly fresh and juicy, we much prefer the deep-fried squid than the fish cutlets. The squid is tender and marinated with the same spices as the fried chicken, plus a good portion of sweet onions and curry leaves for an extra kick of South Indian flavour.
When it comes to drinks, Kanna Curry House offers the conventional drinks one finds in an Indian restaurant or mamak, such as milk tea (hot or cold), lime juice, and iced lemon tea. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend mango lassi, which is a yogurt-based drink made with blended yogurt and mango pulp. It is a healthy alternative to the other drinks on the menu as the lassi is sweetened with the mango.
Some may feel that Kanna Curry House is rather pricey compared to other Indian restaurants in the Klang Valley, but we feel that it is worth spending a bit more to enjoy authentic South Indian delicacy in Kanna Curry House’s lively and comfortable environment.
Kanna Curry House
- Opening Hours: Daily, 06:30 – 21:00
- Location: Kanna Curry House is located at the fringe of Section 17 with close proximity to the Section 17 Police Station. Parking spaces are available along the streets and back streets around the restaurant.
- Address: 29 Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7958 4814