Restaurant Review: Bayleaf - North London, UK

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Exploring new restaurants and eateries can be like a gamble as you never know what you might get in the platter. Therefore, my first preference when trying new restaurants is always to go for word-of-mouth, which also being a marketing student previously is my staunch thought that works wonders for a brand and has a very strong impact on me at least. Having our roots from South Asia, we both are fond of Indian food but the deal works even better when we get to eat at a fine dining Indian restaurant. The Bayleaf restaurant in Whetstone (North London) was extremely easy to locate and the best part was the availability of hassle-free street parking nearby, with no charge at all. Bayleaf created very positive vibes about the food just on the entrance, because of the appealing decor and the tables that had been laid up with exquisite cutlery, glass and crockery.

fine dining halal restaurant north london

fine dining halal restaurant north london

We started off with mocktails first, followed by appetizers, the first one being poppadums that came with assorted in-house chutneys and condiments. The tray had 6 different kinds of chutneys that included coriander & fresh mint, coconut chutney, yogurt mint sauce, diced onions, tomato salsa and mango chutney. All had a very subtle taste and weren't very fiery, yet flavoursome. 

prawn puri

The Jhinga Puri (£7.5) which you can see in the picture above, had medium spices and king prawns. Just thinking why I didn't take a picture of the filling inside, at least I should describe it. I've tried Jhinga Puri at some other restaurants too, and Bayleaf's puri was just on point and was not oily at all. The prawns had been cooked with a blend of spices, ginger garlic, tomatoes and ajwain (originates from India, and is also known as bishop's weed and carom). I've often heard from my grandmother that 'ajwain' is really good for the stomach and she always used to give a small pinch when I complained her of a stomach pain. Also tried the chops and seekh kebab, which were presented beautifully as you can see below.


Vegetarian Sharing Delight (£12.5) comprised of hot and crispy aloo tiki and onion bhajias, that had been deep-fried and were presented in a very impressive way. Not sure if you've experienced this elsewhere, but it's actually the liquid nitrogen that creates the buzz.

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For the mains, we opted for Darbari chicken masala, lamb biryani, baigan and Raviya. Generally, we're supposed to order the accompaniments such as the naan bread or rice separately at restaurants, but Bayleaf has many dishes on the menu that come with one of the two which is something I really liked. 
  
fine dining halal restaurant london

Darbari Chicken Masala (£15.95) was fairly hot, and was served with complimentary pilau rice. Initially, I had some of it with the naan bread and later with the rice but both the combinations were equally good. The tandoori chicken strips were served in a thick sauce and the spices made it even more enjoyable but this dish is definitely not for the faint-hearted. 

fine dining halal restaurant london

The Naan-E-Mugziath (£3.95), a sweet naan stuffed with almonds, coconut, cashew-nut and raisins was something I was trying first time. Initially, since my taste buds were loaded with flavours, I thought it tasted like a suji paratha (semolina flatbread), which in a way I was correct but as I tasted a few more bites, I realised the halwa filling inside the naan was very sweet and had coconut and nuts in it too, as it was described in the menu. Now this naan can also be eaten on its own because the filling itself was powerful enough, and the filling inside actually reminisced the memories of the halwa my grandmother used to make on special occasions. However, since the chicken was spicy, pairing the naan as an accompaniment with it was quite a good idea too. 

The Raviya or baby aubergines (£15.95), had a medium heat and were stuffed with mash potatoes and paneer and were served in a thick and flavoursome sauce, slightly sour too. The subtle flavours used in the lamb biryani (£16.95) were great! The pieces of lamb were tender and had been cooked to perfection, and was a vegetable curry. 

lamb biryani

vegetable curry

To satisfy the sweet tooth and to finish off our palate, we ordered a pistachio and almond kulfi, that was served in a way it must have been served in a fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant does have some other items on the menu too, but we opted for the kulfis because we had already filled our tummies to the brim, so wanted to go for a light dessert rather than anything chocolaty! 

almond kulfi london


pista kulfi london

The overall experience of dining at Bayleaf was delightful, and if you ask me if I'd go there again, then my answer would definitely be 'YESSS!'

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Rating: 8/10 
Pricing: Fine Dining 
Halal Meat: Yes 
Child-Friendly: Yes
Alcohol Available: Yes

Contact Bayleaf: 
Telephone: 020 8445 1771
Location: 1342 High Road, London N20 9HJ.
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18 comments:

  1. I love Indian food and these dishes look fantastic! I really want to try the lamb biryani :)

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  2. This sounds lovely and the food looks delicious - I love your photos :)

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  3. What a great place - the food looks absolutely delicious and the presentation is fantastic. Kaz

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  4. Ok! This sounds right up my street! You are right, I ALWAYS go on recommendations and this sounds fabulous! Love that the dishes come with accompaniments too, which is great value 👍

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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  5. Ohhhh yummy. Those Mocktails look amazing, but I absolutely love rice and that curry looks amazing!

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  6. I love Indian food! That veggie sharing platter with the nitrogen looks incredible. I want to visit here just to try it lol

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  7. I think I've put on a few stones just viewing the pics!

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  8. OMG...the food plating looks so beautiful....We have one bay leaf here too...but never been there...that kulfi is making me drool....hope you had awesome time....

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  9. All those dishes sound and look amazing. I love the vegetarian sharing delight ... so much fun! Your dedications and details of the ingredients really help sell the food and set the taste scene

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  10. Oh my, this post is making me hungry. Everything looks and sounds so good

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  11. This food all looks amazing, especially the platter served with liquid nitrogen. Very impressive! #MuslimahBloggers

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  12. This looks like a lot of fun. Making me so hungry. Great photos.

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  13. What a unique looking restaurant. The food looks spicy, but delish. If I ever make it to U.K. and am in need of restaurant reviews I now know to read your thorough reviews first!

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  14. Oh, wow! The food here looks absolutely divine. I'll definitely have to hunt Bayleaf down if I visit London :)

    Louise x

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  15. Oh we will be going London in the summer hols - might have to check out this place!

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  16. Food looks so nice and scrumptious..Looks like a good place to go
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  17. I'm totally getting hungry just looking at these pics and reading about your review! We use ajwain for stomach pain and gas as well heehee; gotta love these Desi remedies :) I gotta say, the presentation of using the liquid nitrogen was quite impressive, talk about being a show stopper!

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  18. Damn look at those pretty Pictures ��
    Want to eat all of these right now. Lol
    So okay the thing I like the most about this restaurant is the way of presenting like it's so neat and creative ❤

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