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Valentines Day is for lovers

by Maureen McCabe on February 15, 2009

salmon at Bayleaf Bistro

We did “Indian” for Valentines Day.

I love Indian food.  I really love Indian dishes with spinach or  “saag”.  I almost always order a dish with a creamy spinach sauce.   We call my choice green goo.   Ugly!  Eighty percent of the time at Indian restaurants I order one spinach dish or another. I have only eaten at  Bayleaf India Bistro once before and of course I had a dish with spinach.

We did dinner and a movie for Valentines Day this year. He suggested Bayleaf India Bistro at Polaris.  I picked the movie, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ at the Marcus Theater in Crosswoods.    I had NO idea what ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was about.  I had heard it was a  good movie,  I had have never seen a trailer, but I wanted to see the movie.  I did not know ‘Slumdog Millionaire’  was about a young guy competing on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”  I knew it was set in India but I was totally unprepared for how violent the movie was.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone who has not seen it.  I loved the movie.  I really did NOT think about the fact that we were watching a movie set in India and then going to an Indian restaurant  to eat until an early scene in the movie.  The main character, Jamal gets locked in an “outhouse” and escapes.  I suddenly realized I could not eat my usual ugly spinach dish after watching “Slumdog Millionaire”

I worried Slumdog Millionaire which was heavily set in garbage dumps was going to ruin my appetite for Indian food but it did not.  Well not too much anyway.

It is a “gritty” movie.

The food at Bayleaf India Bistro was good on Valentines Day.  They were very busy.  We had a reservation and the tables were not all filled when we got there but the restaurant filled up quickly.  Service was not perfect …but it was very busy. The waiter got my salmon order  (pictured) which should have been mild and my significant other’s  lamb dish which should have been medium confused.   We had to wait for a bit between our appetizers and the entrees so we did not send the orders back.  They forgot his order of nan.

I was counting on their menu being online to help me with what the dishes we ordered were called. No such luck.  We had one truly spectacular appetizer, that was roasted and spiced chunks of  paneer (cheese), tomatoes and onions with a sauce to dip them in.   The dish was gone before I thought to take a photo… that’s why I am NOT a food blogger!

I’d recommend both the movie and the restaurant but not necessarily on the same night.

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