Reviews written by Alan F.
Registered on Dec 29 08
My wife and I moved to the Portland area about six months ago and are delighted to have found Bay Leaf. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the greater Portland area. The food is terrific and presented with beauty and class. The atmosphere and service are both warm and inviting. The prices are reasonable.
Whether you are vegan, like me, or not, I think you will enjoy both the food, charm, and value of this little gem.
By the way, make sure you try to sesame Tofu. Fantastic vegan deserts too!
Its tough to find southern style Indian cuisine in the Portland area. If, like me, you jones for dosas and other southern Indian treats, you can't go wrong with Chennai Masala.
They have an unusually good selection of dosas and uttapam including the standard Masala dosa, and also my favorite, the chole dosa. The chole dosa is a dosa (large Indian rice and mung bean crepe) filled with potato and chickpea curry (chole). The chole dosa is a bit pricey as dosas go, but well worth it.
While not a vegetarian restaurant, they are definitely vegetarian friendly. They have over ten vegetarian curries on the menu in addition to all of the vegetarian dosas, and uttapam. Many of the dishes are vegan, if you ask the waiter, they are friendly and usually aware of what is vegan and what contains cream, butter and cheese. Also, some of the food has fresh green chopped hot pepper, if you don't like your food so spicy, you can ask your waiter to exclude these.
The atmosphere is informal, the prices are fairly reasonable, though not budget, and the are dosas terrific!
This restaurant is my favorite place to go in Portland. Home style Lebanese cooking in an informal atmosphere. The food is great, the prices are very reasonable, and its hard not to leave without leftovers. The menu is extremely vegetarian friendly with vegan and vegetarian options clearly marked. As others have indicated, the wait staff is very friendly and often make substitutions.
My favorite is the vegan meza platter. The hummus is perfect, the tabouli is always very fresh. I am not usually a big fan of falafel but I have been won over by theirs; crisp on the outside without being greasy, and soft and flavorful on the inside. The meza platter also comes with delicious fresh and hot home made pita and side dishes.
One downside is that they are CASH ONLY. The other is that they are very popular so if you come during peak hours you may have to wait, although without a doubt it is well worth it!