• Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine and Desi Foods

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Bay Leaf offers mostly non-veg dishes but has vegetarian ones, a few of which are or may be vegan upon request - please ask. The selection for vegetarian is more extensive on the dinner menu. The owners also operates Desi Foods, which has an online grocery store as well as a lunch box delivery scheme for people all over the South Loop. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm, Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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2 Reviews

First Review by JoeLongtin


Points +10447

03 Mar 2022

Not a Fan

I was craving Indian cuisine and this place was close to my hotel so I gave them a shot. I was doing the shooting but they missed the mark. How does that work?

I really wanted some aloo saag. I asked the girl on the phone if I could get it vegan. She seemed perplexed by the word. In the end, they either could not or would not make a vegan aloo saag. That was disappointing. I settled for Gobi Manchurian. I didn't care for it. It wasn't as crispy as I like and the flavor was...different. I also couldn't figure out why the dish wasn't hot; instead it was just lukewarm. I would not order that dish again, nor would I go out of my way to return.



Points +23

Mostly Veg
05 Mar 2021

Vegetarian oasis in Eagan

While Bay Leaf has a typical menu for Indian lunches and dinners, Desi Foods is a South Asian grocery store and deli. Prior to the pandemic they served a $5 vegetarian box lunch, as many as a hundred per day and the deli did not prep any meat items. Since re-opening, they added a few meat items that are the same as the sister restaurant. However, they have a lot of excellent vegetarian and some vegan items at both locations. I typically go for the manchurian gobi/Gobi 65 (cauliflower), chana curry (chickpeas), bhindi masala (okra), vegetable biryani (vegan rice & veg), and their paratha bread, palak paneer (spinach), dal makhani (lentils).

Pros: Fresh food, always, Variety of vegetarian dishes

Cons: Deli may have different hours from grocery store, Does serve meat dishes, The spiciness of biryani not for everyone

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