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Fine experience at Bay Leaf

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Fine experience at Bay Leaf

shanshan | Aug 17, 2009 09:29 PM

Decided to go to Bay Leaf after many years (56th between 6th/5th). Pleasantly surprised food was OK. Thought it was better than what I ate last few times at Dhaba (28/lex), but I didn't get multiple entrees. I ordered the non-veg thali (thali = plate = platter). I asked them to switch the samosa for another vegetarian entree (waitor did so without debate), and was pleasantly surprised by a large naan (quartered), a bowl of rice, a bowl of dal (fine), bowl of saag paneer (fine), bowl of channas (good) and two non-veg entrees (one lamb-fine, one chicken-good), and a bowl of keer (I don't eat keer.. I ordered a kulfi for dessert and was very very rich). Thali was $23, and I thought very reasonably priced. Definitely can't say this is the best Indian in the city, but its acceptable. Also, I find it very hard to find indian restaurants give such thalis at dinner and prefer to charge so much for each entree etc., which is not how food is eaten in india.

By way of comparison, I have ordered the "thali" aka Utsav Special a few times from Utsav (45/6th) for delivery and think that thali is good as well. Though I haven't had it in a while.. if had to compare to Bay Leaf.. would say Utsav gives you less items on the plate (a con) and slightly better non-veg options (a plus). I think I would give Utsav the edge here, but Bay Leaf is not a bad contender. Bay Leaf I want to say employs many more spices than Utsav in its cooking, and maybe less sugar, so feels a little like apples/oranges. I think utsav food is lighter, but I that may be due to Bay Leaf giving more food.

Only one visit, so not a scientific analysis.. but haven't seen any reviews of bay leaf and wanted to throw it out there.

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