I often find comfort in banana leaf rice – the mixture of robust curries with steamed rice, and vegetable side dishes to complement the meal. When a friend told me about Anneh in Damansara Uptown, I was intrigued.
Anneh is a non-halal banana leaf rice and pork seems to be their USP. The menu is straightforward yet creative to a certain extent. A basic banana leaf rice set is priced at RM10.90 and this comes with three vegetable sides, rice/chappati, salted deep fried chilli, fish acar, rassam and papadum.
The biryani set (RM12.90) comes with the same vegetable sides and curries. For those who want something meaty, you can opt for the pork vindaloo biryani set (RM16.90) or mutton curry biryani set (RM17.90) – I went for the former as I was told their pork vindaloo is popular.
Service was prompt throughout. I liked that the waiters checked in on customers to see if they needed anything else like vegetables or curries. We were given paper banana leaf to dine on, which was a bit “potong steam” if you asked me. As one of my pun-ny followers pointed out, “Eating banana leaf rice on a fake leaf is like having sex through an interpreter”. I couldn’t stop LOL-ing at his statement.
Jokes aside, the pork vindaloo was quite tasty but it can be fiery for some. I liked that the pork ribs were cooked till nice and tender, while the gravy was thick and aromatic. I didn’t care much for the devil rib curry (RM13.50) though. This tasted more spicy than anything else, so I wasn’t able to get much savoury or meaty flavour from the mix.
We also shared a portion of squid 65 (RM12.90) which turned out dry and rubbery. I was expecting tender squid pieces in aromatic, crisp batter but this required a lot of chewing. Not something I’d recommend to go with your banana leaf rice meal.
The marsala team (RM3.90) was not overly sweet though I thought it could use a bit more spices to kick things up a notch. I like my marsala tea strong and spicy in general, so this is just my personal preference.
Expect to pay between RM25-30 per head if you’re going to order meats at Anneh – pretty reasonable I thought.
Now here’s the not so fun bit about Anneh:
I posted a photo of my meal at Anneh on my Instagram and mentioned I prefer eating banana leaf rice on a proper banana leaf. To my disappointment, Anneh retaliated and said I was spreading #fakenews to my followers as they too, serve real banana leaf.
Whether it’s true or not, I cannot confirm as I was not offered the option of real banana leaf when I dined there two weeks back. Perhaps I was the unlucky one, but based on the comments and feedback I received from my readers, they too, were given paper leaf.
What upset me was the way Anneh handled things – by accusing me of being a liar and when I told them off, they PM-ed me and said “it was just them being funny”. They eventually removed their comment from my page after some of my followers told them off.
I wouldn’t say don’t eat at Anneh, because the basis of Bangsarbabe.com is always to give fair reviews and opinions. Food is ok and service was friendly when I was there. Given what has happened, I reckon you will get proper banana leaf if you chose to dine there moving forward. For those who want to know where I always go for banana leaf rice, my two regular spots are linked here and here. ;)
Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: I liked the pork vindaloo but the rest of the items were just alright.
20G, Jalan SS 21/35,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7731 8959
Business hours: 10am till 10pm