UMAC Banana Leaf Rice

We’ve driven past this Banana Leaf rice place many times, along Jalan University, and @tummyleejones always says we need to check it out.

So finally, after a series of bends and turns through the housing area, we find it.

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University of Malaya Academic Club or UMAC is what the name says it is. A club house for the good folk of University Malaya to hang out at. And now, thanks to a banana leaf restaurant that has set up shop there, the clubhouse is opened to the public.

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The place is lovely. Looks more like someone’s house rather than restaurant.

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Shady trees and a long driveway leading into a bungalow house makes you feel most relaxed and at ease.


There’s al fresco sitting as well as indoor dining.

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Priced at only RM5, you get 5 vegetarian side dishes, and as many refills of it and rice as you like. You also get one cup of rasem with it.

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What I like about it is that the food tastes good, and isn’t too oily or salty. The  food is served on a banana leaf with an assortment of freeflow vegetables, chutney, pickles & papadum. Rasem here is not the best – I have had better, but acceptable. Definitely cuts grease if you’re having mutton or the heavier meats.

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Add on mutton varuval for a better experience!

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They serve you a bit of kesari as well which is sweet and made from semolina. It’s for dessert I suppose, but I like eating it with my savory side dishes;)

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Fried fish and chicken are good options too.

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UMAC is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, and only lunch on Sundays.

Add:
University of Malaya Academic Club,
1, Jalan 12/5, Petaling Jaya.
Tel:012-3320233/012-9757631

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