New Sri Lankan Restaurant Opening this Month in Chevy Chase

Banana Leaf to open in 10 to 15 days, owner says


Owner Raj Perera in front of his new restaurant in Chevy Chase, D.C.--Banana Leaf.

Get ready to have some lamprais. That’s the signature dish at Banana Leaf, the new Sri Lankan and South Asian restaurant opening this month at 5014 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase, D.C.

The lamprais served at Banana Leaf will feature saffron rice with lamb, beef, chicken or seafood combined with cashew curry, eggplant, plantains and chili pepper sauce wrapped in a banana leaf and then baked.

Chef and owner Raj Perera said the restaurant will have the same menu as its original location in New York City.

This is the second restaurant for Perera, who said he’ll be running the Chevy Chase location while his wife and son operate the New York establishment. The New York restaurant has proved popular on Yelp, where reviewers have given it an overall rating of four stars, including many reviewers who raved about the food.

The Yelp reviews are a point of pride for Perera, who said he has worked hard to make the restaurant a success. He said he’s currently living in Chevy Chase, D.C.

Perera described Sri Lankan cuisine as a mix of South Asian and South Indian food, with Dutch and British influences, including curry dishes, spicy rice biriyani and kotthu roti, which combines beef, chicken, seafood or lamb with chopped roti (unleavened bread), eggs and vegetables in a curry sauce.

Perera says the plan is to open the restaurant in the next 10 to 15 days. The restaurant will also offer takeout.

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