Bayleaf, the rechristened restaurant formerly known as Shakahari blew our minds out last weekend.
The restaurant is tastefully done, well lit and with well spaced seating. the tables are big and accommodate everything from multiple glasses of drinks, your quarter and main plates, your ordered food, mobile phones, baby bibs, fake phones and sippy cups (if you are going with a child, like we did). I mean…you get it right…NICE BIG TABLES…like the ones that we may not have seen here.

Moving on to food… Awadhi food is the highlight and that is what we ordered…
Drinks we ordered were really great. All combinations worked for us, specially the Basil and watermelon and the Flirtini. We would recommend ordering drinks since it helps clean the palette every once in a while.

While you are waiting for your starters to arrive, please try the pickled onion…it is spicy and sweet and a perfect start while you anticipate the meal. Some Besan crisps were served as well with green chutney. Yum.
 
We tried:
Veg:
  • Subs Galauti
  • Tandoori Bharva aloo
  • Paneer Tikka
All of it was simply delicious, in fact I am reminded of the tandoori bharva aloo as I write this and cant help but wish I could eat one right now. Subz Galauti was equally delicious.
 
Non veg: 
  • Pardah Murg
  • Zaituni Jhinga
We dont have words to write about the Pardah Murg. It is one of the best chicken starters we have eaten. Succulent juicy and covered in a thin layer of cheese.
By this time, we have decided that this is the first time that we have enjoyed vegetarian starters as much as the non vegetarian ones. Kudos to the menu designer and chef for achieving this fantastic balance.

Main course: Veg
  • Varki Naan: Highly recommended with any subzi you order.
  • Faldhari Kofta: Super delicious for all who like the combination of a little sweet and spice in their subzi… Again well done chef!
  • Lahori Bharta: This was ok, nothing special
Main course: Non veg:
  • Rarha murg
  • Avadhi Nalli Ghosht
Both were delicious…specially the Nalli ghosht. It just melted in the mouth and the brown gravy was  perfectly flavoured. The last time we had nalli ghosht, it was at Nautanki, which was ok, but Bayleaf kicked a$$. 

Deserts: 
  • Mango phirni
  • Gulkand ras malai

Ras malai was good, but OH MY GOD… the mango phirni…and this coming from a non phirni fan.  You have to try this one!

We all agreed that by far, this was the best North Indian non veg food fare that we have eaten in Ahmedabad. Our perception of Avadhi food being hot and spicy is now completely changed to it being flavoursome, creamy and saffron infused. We could finally see the Persian influence.
 
Highly recommended
Do not miss the picked onions. Sweet and spicy they were gorged on right through the meal.

Bayleaf review, Marriott Ahmedabad
Ambiance
Hygine
Service
Taste and Quality
Value for money
Pros
  • Non Spicy Awadhi food
  • Spicy Gujarati food available
  • Delicious oh so delicious
Cons
  • Slow service but worth the wait
4.6Overall Score
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)

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Sandy
The Eloquent

Sandy is very Indian, very Amdavadi, who loves street food as much as restaurant food and can eat out everyday.

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