Review By Olivia Spoon
Global cuisine may not come to mind when you envision Mount Vernon, but a downtown stroll reveals several restaurants with interna- tional food.
One such restaurant is the Bayleaf India Bistro.
Situated on Main Street across from Hunter Hall and Buchwald Center, the Bayleaf rests in an ideal location for an MVNU student.
But proximity is not the only attribute the Bayleaf offers: When you walk into the restau- rant, you are greeted by a cozy and quiet atmos- phere that announces an “East meets West” feel.
Your nose may smell the incense burning behind the checkout counter, but your ears hear Kenny G and Louis Armstrong playing in the background.
If you come during lunch hour, the Bayleaf treats customers to an array of Indian fare at its buffet, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Traditional dishes such as the Bayleaf’s Vindaloo and Tandoori Chicken should be enjoyed with freshly baked na’an bread and a cup of hot tea. And for any vegetarian readers, the Bayleaf offers several appropriate dishes.
If you are looking for the best vegetarian dish, the Veg Jalfrezi—assorted vegetables sautéed with tomatoes, bell peppers, the onions, fresh herbs and spices—is terrific over top of the jasmine basmati rice.
If you need meat to complete your meal, the Chicken Tikki Masala, a dish made with yogurt and spices, then grilled in a clay oven, has an intense, mild flavor for anyone new to Indian cooking.
The Bayleaf has one additional bonus–price! The lunch buffet is priced at under $10 a per- son, with an additional 10 percent student dis- count.
The close location, affordable price and unique dishes offered at the Bayleaf make it the perfect choice for your next restaurant venture.