By Orlando Santiago, Critic
We all know how caf food can try our patience sometimes, especially after a few weeks of straight caf food. So some times we need to and find an off-campus restaurant with good food and decent prices.
Banana Island, 1500 NW 23rd St, is a small Malaysian-style restaurant with a large selection of authentic foods.
A few variations of Thai and Malaysian cuisine are available, though their menu might be a bit daunting.
In any case, beginning a meal at Banana Island should be homemade Indian pancake. The dish consists of dough that is stretched thin and quickly fired to give it a crispy texture. They bring this out on a plate with a curry dipping sauce. It’s a good start if you’re trying to not eat too much, because this little pancake is surprisingly filling for what it is.
Those not familiar with this type of cuisine shouldn’t try fish head soup off the bat. They should try something they’re familiar with. They have a huge dish of seafood-fried rice that is quite good. This also serves as a good late night microwave meal. They also have dishes such as Pad Thai, which are noodles stir-fried with shrimp and a good handful of vegetables.
Banana Island also serves beef, pork and seafood-based dishes in varying spiciness for those who love it. Homemade house tofu also is prepared daily.
Students should take time to step outside the caf soon and take a vacation to Banana Island.