Friday, November 30, 2007

Banana Bay, Rowland Heights

Banana Bay
18230 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Phone: (626) 839-5511
Type: Thai food

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-1am
Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Happy Hour: 10pm - close
many drink specials


What can I say about this place? Oh, it's just the place I go to at least once a week! Banana Bay has been around for a few years. It used to be an Asian buffet called Paradise Buffet (for those who haven't been here in the area for a bit). It's located on the corner of Fullerton and Colima in the Yes Plaza.

This review is way overdue because I've been going here for years. Banana Bay is under new ownership, and it's even better than before. I know the new owners of this place, so you may think this is a biased review, but I've liked this place before they owned it. Before, the service could get really, really bad. I once had to wait for my food for about an hour! If you look at some of the old reviews about this place, they'll all say the service was slow. The new owners knew that was probably the biggest complaint about the place, and they've done a lot to fix the problem. Main thing was getting more staff out on the floor. At their busiest times now, I never had to wait for my food for more than 10 minutes. And it gets really busy here. If you're really hungry you should go during the lunch or late night hours so you'll get your food right away.

While you're waiting for your food, on most nights there's a live band playing good music. Even when there's no band, the music they play has vastly improved. I remember going there a few years ago, and I'd always hear that Nora Jones song playing every single time. It's a nice song, but c'mon. Play something else. Now, there's a wide selection of good, classy R&B jams. There's also TVs where sports are usually playing.

The main reason why people come here is the food and its prices. I'll put a menu up when I get a chance so you can see for yourself why people keep coming back. The prices average about 6-7 dollars for a meal. Not only are the prices cheap, but the food is bomb. The pad see ew is bomb for sure. I always order the crab fried rice. Almost everything I ordered is good here. As of this writing, I'm usually ordering the King Noodle. Bomb! Trust.

Crab Fried Rice (eat it with the fish sauce)

Crispy Trout Fillet (gotta try it at least once)

Shrimp cake

Catfish w/ Chili Sauce

Another reason why I love this place is that they're open past midnight 7 days a week. I wish they were open til like 4am, but that's being greedy on my part.

That's all I got for now. If this review doesn't make you wanna try it, maybe knowing they were nominated as one of AOL Citysearch's best might do the trick.


Mimi said...

best thai restaurant. that's all.

Daniel said...

Coconut Bay is way better. Since they opened, it seems like banana bay is always playing catch up. The trout dish you mentioned is a lame copy of Trout on the sun at C-Bay.

Jim said...

I went to Coconut Bay a while back. I know that Banana Bay's King Noodle tastes better for sure.

Jim said...

....I see that your review may also be a little biased seeing that you have a Coconut Bay blog.

Anonymous said...

Hey what up Mim + Jim!
Thanks for the honest review guys! As far as the trout dish, it's a recipe from Banana Bay's manager (Chin). From what I understand, it's a recipe from his old restaurant. I am not 100% sure that what he said is true, but either way it's a great dish in my opinion!