Bay Leaf Restaurant

★★★★☆

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Delicious and very reasonable price. As others have said, I'm not vegetarian but this food is great. The first time I came in for lunch with brother and niece we tried three difference dishes and couldn't decide which we liked best. Have

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★★★★★

Delicious and very reasonable price. As others have said, I'm not vegetarian but this food is great. The first time I came in for lunch with brother and niece we tried three difference dishes and couldn't decide which we liked best. Have

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My wife and I have been eating at Bay Leaf ever since we moved to the Portland area a year and a half ago. I am vegan, my wife is not. We have brought many non-vegetarian friends. Everyone we brought has loved it. The food is terrific and thoughtfully presented. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The restaurant is very clean. The waiter and owners are very kind and friendly.

They have a great lunch special. You get this awesome sweet and sour soup and along with a full meal from the lunch menu for only $5.95. I recommend the eggplant with spinach or the sesame tofu. Both are delicious.

This is not your ordinary Chinese cuisine. It is more in the tradition of Taiwanese vegetarian which is generally more elegant, healthier, with more subtle and deeper flavors.

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★★★★★

My wife and I have been eating at Bay Leaf ever since we moved to the Portland area a year and a half ago. I am vegan, my wife is not. We have brought many non-vegetarian friends. Everyone we brought has loved it. The food is terrific and thoughtfully presented. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The restaurant is very clean. The waiter and owners are very kind and friendly.

They have a great lunch special. You get this awesome sweet and sour soup and along with a full meal from the lunch menu for only $5.95. I recommend the eggplant with spinach or the sesame tofu. Both are delicious.

This is not your ordinary Chinese cuisine. It is more in the tradition of Taiwanese vegetarian which is generally more elegant, healthier, with more subtle and deeper flavors.

Pros: Tasty, healthy, vegetarian, and clean. Reasonable prices.

Cons: None

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Delicious vegetarian and vegan Chinese food! I love the hot and sour soup here. There is something on the menu to satisfy everyone's preferences. Child friendly as well!

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★★★★☆

Delicious vegetarian and vegan Chinese food! I love the hot and sour soup here. There is something on the menu to satisfy everyone's preferences. Child friendly as well!

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Best chineese vegetarian food any where on the planet ! I mean this place is awsome ! I have been to alot of vegetarian restaurants, and recomend eating here !

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★★★★★

Best chineese vegetarian food any where on the planet ! I mean this place is awsome ! I have been to alot of vegetarian restaurants, and recomend eating here !

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I am always impressed with the quality of food served at the Bay Leaf. The vegetables are always cooked just right, not overdone, and the flavor is always well balanced, not too salty or saucy. It's unique in that it is a fusion of Asian fare and an all vegetarian menu. However, I have brought many non-vegetarian friends who have all been very happy and wanted to return. I have never seen the restaurant too crowded and it has a quiet, peaceful feel so it's not a place to see and be seen but this I consider this a positive attribute. Several of my favorites are the garlic eggplant, dumplings, and the winter stew. It is very affordable, and the lunch menu is an even better value. I highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

I am always impressed with the quality of food served at the Bay Leaf. The vegetables are always cooked just right, not overdone, and the flavor is always well balanced, not too salty or saucy. It's unique in that it is a fusion of Asian fare and an all vegetarian menu. However, I have brought many non-vegetarian friends who have all been very happy and wanted to return. I have never seen the restaurant too crowded and it has a quiet, peaceful feel so it's not a place to see and be seen but this I consider this a positive attribute. Several of my favorites are the garlic eggplant, dumplings, and the winter stew. It is very affordable, and the lunch menu is an even better value. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Quality vegetarian food

Cons: tea is too expensive

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I really enjoy this restaurant. It has a smooth atmosphere and is super clean.The food is not heavy or greasy. It is all vegetarian. I usually get the Hawaiian fried rice. It has a unique combo of vegetables. The mushroom crisps are really good too.

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★★★★★

I really enjoy this restaurant. It has a smooth atmosphere and is super clean.The food is not heavy or greasy. It is all vegetarian. I usually get the Hawaiian fried rice. It has a unique combo of vegetables. The mushroom crisps are really good too.

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I am from Seattle visiting relatives in Portland.

*Ambiance and Service*
Bay Leaf is decidedly zen-like: serene, peaceful, Chi- and Feng Shui-friendly. We were quickly seated by a kind waitress. Service was slow and sometimes sparse, but friendly. One never wants to have to leave one's chair to get a water refill.

*Appetizers*
The lettuce wraps were fresh but on the dull side, needing a dipping sauce with zip. The hot and sour soup was fresh and flavorful (served in a modest bowl not the large family-sized bowls). My daughter, who's a hot and sour aficionado, enjoyed it. My son gorged on the fried tofu, which was done right. The spring rolls were excellent -- fresh, crisp, flavorful with a perfect dipping sauce. Surprisingly, no mustard available.

*Entrees*
The entrees were mixed. Our yam lover ordered the yam plate. From my vantage point, it looked lovely and delicate but definitely not filling. Yam lover eventually sought donations. My mother ordered the phad thai and it rocked. My sister and niece shared a hot-pot and tempura. The hot-pot looked tasty, though no one seemed too excited about it. The tempura was crisp, generous and well worked over.

I ordered the crisp eggplant and was the envy of the table. The plate was large and loaded with round deep friend eggplant slices covered in a dark, tangy, sweet garlic sauce. I didn't recognize the batter but that made the dish interesting. The sauce was too sweet but I put that out of my mind and just gave in to the dark side.

Rice comes either white or brown. All food was served on nice china (or whatever you call plates, cups, etc.) -- definitely no plastic in sight.

*Value*
Surprised by the bill -- $81. I was expecting high $60s considering there was only one beverage , no desserts and no animals harmed. The overall consensus was 3 1/2 stars but I'm only giving 3 stars since if I lived close to the restaurant, I would visit occasionally, but not regularly.

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★★★☆☆

I am from Seattle visiting relatives in Portland.

*Ambiance and Service*
Bay Leaf is decidedly zen-like: serene, peaceful, Chi- and Feng Shui-friendly. We were quickly seated by a kind waitress. Service was slow and sometimes sparse, but friendly. One never wants to have to leave one's chair to get a water refill.

*Appetizers*
The lettuce wraps were fresh but on the dull side, needing a dipping sauce with zip. The hot and sour soup was fresh and flavorful (served in a modest bowl not the large family-sized bowls). My daughter, who's a hot and sour aficionado, enjoyed it. My son gorged on the fried tofu, which was done right. The spring rolls were excellent -- fresh, crisp, flavorful with a perfect dipping sauce. Surprisingly, no mustard available.

*Entrees*
The entrees were mixed. Our yam lover ordered the yam plate. From my vantage point, it looked lovely and delicate but definitely not filling. Yam lover eventually sought donations. My mother ordered the phad thai and it rocked. My sister and niece shared a hot-pot and tempura. The hot-pot looked tasty, though no one seemed too excited about it. The tempura was crisp, generous and well worked over.

I ordered the crisp eggplant and was the envy of the table. The plate was large and loaded with round deep friend eggplant slices covered in a dark, tangy, sweet garlic sauce. I didn't recognize the batter but that made the dish interesting. The sauce was too sweet but I put that out of my mind and just gave in to the dark side.

Rice comes either white or brown. All food was served on nice china (or whatever you call plates, cups, etc.) -- definitely no plastic in sight.

*Value*
Surprised by the bill -- $81. I was expecting high $60s considering there was only one beverage , no desserts and no animals harmed. The overall consensus was 3 1/2 stars but I'm only giving 3 stars since if I lived close to the restaurant, I would visit occasionally, but not regularly.

Pros: Serene, Crispy Spring Rolls and no Plastic in sight

Cons: A tad over-priced and enough time between dishes to meditate (on a week night)

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We eat a lot of Asian food of all types, and this is not a restaurant that we will return to. The food was definitely bland, but - worse - it lacked flavor. The green papaya salad lacked the kick that is normally associated with that dish, and the green curry was just tofu and a few vegetables swamped in a thick, flavorless sauce that bore little resemblance to green curry that I have had at a dozen different Thai restaurants around town - it was hard to tell if there was any curry in it. No one in our group had a dish that they really liked and would go back for. It's too bad because we are always looking for places that do justice to vegan diets, but Bay Leaf is not one of them. One note: the rice was actually very good, but we got a soup-bowl sized serving for 8 people.

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★☆☆☆☆

We eat a lot of Asian food of all types, and this is not a restaurant that we will return to. The food was definitely bland, but - worse - it lacked flavor. The green papaya salad lacked the kick that is normally associated with that dish, and the green curry was just tofu and a few vegetables swamped in a thick, flavorless sauce that bore little resemblance to green curry that I have had at a dozen different Thai restaurants around town - it was hard to tell if there was any curry in it. No one in our group had a dish that they really liked and would go back for. It's too bad because we are always looking for places that do justice to vegan diets, but Bay Leaf is not one of them. One note: the rice was actually very good, but we got a soup-bowl sized serving for 8 people.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, easy to get to

Cons: Food was very disappointing, service mediocre

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We tried this place on a Friday night. We were seated promptly and the menu looked great other than they have no wine or beer. We ordered the spring rolls and fried tofu for and appetizer. The tofu was fried very nicely but the tempura dipping was so bland. The spring rolls looked great as well but the dip was very bland.

For dinner we ordered the Special of Golden Tofu in Kung Pao sauce and lo mein noodles with veggies for our kiddos. After tasting the appetizers we were only hoping the entrees would be more aspiring on the palate. Dinner arrived in a timely manner and like we predicted was very bland. The Kung Pao tofu dish had 10 small pieces of tofu in very bland sauce that had no resemblance to any type of Kung Pao I have ever tasted. Soon after we requested some hot sauce, or any sauce, which they never returned with.

In addition we have 2 children so with our 10 pieces of tofu we divided them up, two for each of the kids and 3 piece of us. We had more with the tofu appetizer. We have limited family time and wasted it at this place. I know as vegetarians we try to be healthy but everyone enjoys spices and flavor as well as a good microbrew on a Friday evening.

1
★★☆☆☆

We tried this place on a Friday night. We were seated promptly and the menu looked great other than they have no wine or beer. We ordered the spring rolls and fried tofu for and appetizer. The tofu was fried very nicely but the tempura dipping was so bland. The spring rolls looked great as well but the dip was very bland.

For dinner we ordered the Special of Golden Tofu in Kung Pao sauce and lo mein noodles with veggies for our kiddos. After tasting the appetizers we were only hoping the entrees would be more aspiring on the palate. Dinner arrived in a timely manner and like we predicted was very bland. The Kung Pao tofu dish had 10 small pieces of tofu in very bland sauce that had no resemblance to any type of Kung Pao I have ever tasted. Soon after we requested some hot sauce, or any sauce, which they never returned with.

In addition we have 2 children so with our 10 pieces of tofu we divided them up, two for each of the kids and 3 piece of us. We had more with the tofu appetizer. We have limited family time and wasted it at this place. I know as vegetarians we try to be healthy but everyone enjoys spices and flavor as well as a good microbrew on a Friday evening.

Pros: All Veggie

Cons: Bland, plain and watery

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Contrary to prior reviews, my experiences have been great. The food and service have been improving over time, they have a nice tea selection, and delicious hot pots! The vegies are always cooked perfectly, they use excellent tofu, and have great vegetarian hot and sour soup. For all the 'vegetarians' who feel the papaya salad tastes different than their favorite Thai restaurant, the missing ingredients are fish sauce and dried shrimp. Its nice not to worry about sauces with fish sauce, soups with beef stock, or having dried shrimp incorporated into the dishes. I always look forward to my next visit and trying something different.

2
★★★★★

Contrary to prior reviews, my experiences have been great. The food and service have been improving over time, they have a nice tea selection, and delicious hot pots! The vegies are always cooked perfectly, they use excellent tofu, and have great vegetarian hot and sour soup. For all the 'vegetarians' who feel the papaya salad tastes different than their favorite Thai restaurant, the missing ingredients are fish sauce and dried shrimp. Its nice not to worry about sauces with fish sauce, soups with beef stock, or having dried shrimp incorporated into the dishes. I always look forward to my next visit and trying something different.

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I gave Bay Leaf a try shortly after it opened a few years ago and was dissapointed. A very picky vegan friend had a 20+ person event there last month and raved, so I figured it was time for a second chance.
I spent thirty-six dollars on a one person "feast" of dumpling appetizers, papaya salad, tofu with snowpeas and mushrooms, and crispy eggplant. Sitting on the couch, five minutes into the meal, I was bewildered. nothing had any distiginushing flavors! The papaya salad was ok, but something in it was "off" compared to what i've had a various Thai establishments. The dumplings were very doughy, and the mush inside didn't really taste like anything. The tofu dish included silken tofu that just sat gelatinously atop the dish like an afterthought. Greens are sacred to me, they need to be cooked delicatedly. The greens (I couldn't even tell what they were) on the tofu dish had been overcooked to the point of green slime. The crispy eggplant wasn't crispy but mushy, with a very bitter aftertaste.

I've been a vegan in Portland for six years and have come to love the simple, honest flavors that can be found in Thai and Asian-influenced establishments around the city. Unfortunately those flavors can't been found at bay leaf which relies on flashy ingredients and a sensationalized menu to carry it's bland offerings.

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★★☆☆☆

I gave Bay Leaf a try shortly after it opened a few years ago and was dissapointed. A very picky vegan friend had a 20+ person event there last month and raved, so I figured it was time for a second chance.
I spent thirty-six dollars on a one person "feast" of dumpling appetizers, papaya salad, tofu with snowpeas and mushrooms, and crispy eggplant. Sitting on the couch, five minutes into the meal, I was bewildered. nothing had any distiginushing flavors! The papaya salad was ok, but something in it was "off" compared to what i've had a various Thai establishments. The dumplings were very doughy, and the mush inside didn't really taste like anything. The tofu dish included silken tofu that just sat gelatinously atop the dish like an afterthought. Greens are sacred to me, they need to be cooked delicatedly. The greens (I couldn't even tell what they were) on the tofu dish had been overcooked to the point of green slime. The crispy eggplant wasn't crispy but mushy, with a very bitter aftertaste.

I've been a vegan in Portland for six years and have come to love the simple, honest flavors that can be found in Thai and Asian-influenced establishments around the city. Unfortunately those flavors can't been found at bay leaf which relies on flashy ingredients and a sensationalized menu to carry it's bland offerings.

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Went with a friend and her twin girls for a saturday lunch. Food was amazing (my friend is from Malaysia and likes it spicy. The Bay Leaf didn't dissapoint) and flavorful. We had the tofu hotpot, tofu fries, pad thai, (spicy!) house fried rice ( I CRAVE this rice!) and jasmine tea. The hotpot had a wonderful broth that my friend said was a familiar spice that she didn't know the American name for it. Food was enough to feed two adults and two growing 7 year old girls. We cleaned our plates.

Service was excellent, atmosphere quiet and pleasant, with plenty of parking. Easy to find. This is a Mom and Pop restaurant that deserves to be patroned.

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★★★★★

Went with a friend and her twin girls for a saturday lunch. Food was amazing (my friend is from Malaysia and likes it spicy. The Bay Leaf didn't dissapoint) and flavorful. We had the tofu hotpot, tofu fries, pad thai, (spicy!) house fried rice ( I CRAVE this rice!) and jasmine tea. The hotpot had a wonderful broth that my friend said was a familiar spice that she didn't know the American name for it. Food was enough to feed two adults and two growing 7 year old girls. We cleaned our plates.

Service was excellent, atmosphere quiet and pleasant, with plenty of parking. Easy to find. This is a Mom and Pop restaurant that deserves to be patroned.

Pros: Great food, great tea selection

Cons: Small tea pots (2 cups each)

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I don't think this restaurant is as bland as others make it out to be, because I've never viewed this as a traditional Asian veg restaurant. Having had a substantial fare of authentic Asian food (both as an omnivore and now as a vegetarian), I can that this restaurant is more Asia fusion veg. Having said that and having categorized it as such, this is a good Asian fusion veg restaurant. It is a little more on the pricey side and portions could be bigger. Presentation is good, and you're paying for the ambiance (this is one of the nice veg Asian restaurants in town). My favorite Asian veg restaurants in town and which one I decide to go to, depend on my mood. If I want an Asian fusion dinner w/ a nicer ambiance, I go here. If I want good "traditional" Asian veg food and don't really need all the ambiance, I go to Van Hanh.

2
★★★★☆

I don't think this restaurant is as bland as others make it out to be, because I've never viewed this as a traditional Asian veg restaurant. Having had a substantial fare of authentic Asian food (both as an omnivore and now as a vegetarian), I can that this restaurant is more Asia fusion veg. Having said that and having categorized it as such, this is a good Asian fusion veg restaurant. It is a little more on the pricey side and portions could be bigger. Presentation is good, and you're paying for the ambiance (this is one of the nice veg Asian restaurants in town). My favorite Asian veg restaurants in town and which one I decide to go to, depend on my mood. If I want an Asian fusion dinner w/ a nicer ambiance, I go here. If I want good "traditional" Asian veg food and don't really need all the ambiance, I go to Van Hanh.

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The reviewer hihipuffy was dead wrong about Asian vegetarian food - as the seat of Buddhism, there have been vegan eating establishments in Asia probably longer than America has existed. Having eaten at several established vegan restaurants in Taiwan (I myself am an omnivore) I can say that Bay Leaf presents a truly sad picture of what vegan Asian food can be. Watery, bland dishes (the lettuce wraps are basically lightly sauteed unflavored celery, pine nuts, and wood ear mushrooms) make this place an unfortunate experience. Scallions, ginger, garlic, and chili seem to have taken a vacation at this place, and fried basil permeates everything. As noted the teas are great, and we found the service to be very pleasant. There must be better alternatives in Portland.

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★☆☆☆☆

The reviewer hihipuffy was dead wrong about Asian vegetarian food - as the seat of Buddhism, there have been vegan eating establishments in Asia probably longer than America has existed. Having eaten at several established vegan restaurants in Taiwan (I myself am an omnivore) I can say that Bay Leaf presents a truly sad picture of what vegan Asian food can be. Watery, bland dishes (the lettuce wraps are basically lightly sauteed unflavored celery, pine nuts, and wood ear mushrooms) make this place an unfortunate experience. Scallions, ginger, garlic, and chili seem to have taken a vacation at this place, and fried basil permeates everything. As noted the teas are great, and we found the service to be very pleasant. There must be better alternatives in Portland.

Pros: Teas, Service

Cons: Food

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This place looks great from the street, but the environment is never comfortable or friendly. The last time I ate there it felt like it was 100 degrees. The service is terrible. The owners/managers just walk around with a sneer on their face. I would avoid this place. I have been a vegan for 20+ years and I hate saying bad things about vegetarian restaurants, but I am SO SICK of vegetarian places being rude and stuck up. Get over yourself people. How can we grow this lifestyle if people are not friendly and service oriented. I would avoid this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place looks great from the street, but the environment is never comfortable or friendly. The last time I ate there it felt like it was 100 degrees. The service is terrible. The owners/managers just walk around with a sneer on their face. I would avoid this place. I have been a vegan for 20+ years and I hate saying bad things about vegetarian restaurants, but I am SO SICK of vegetarian places being rude and stuck up. Get over yourself people. How can we grow this lifestyle if people are not friendly and service oriented. I would avoid this place.

Pros: Vegetarian

Cons: Rude, Poor Service

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Bay Leaf fails at its attempt to provide a place for one to eat good vegetarian Asian cuisine. Their mid-scale prices and oddly fancy decor make you expect your food to be delicious and served with care. Instead, you are served completely bland and generic food by oddly uninterested and unpleasant staff. My green curry (the name included some superlative like "scrumptious" or "dazzling") was entirely without flavor. Sure, it was vaguely spicy, but besides the burn there was nothing else there. The tofu in the curry was dry and foamy. For a good vegetarian curry, go to the Kalga Cafe down the street. My date's Mu Shui Veggies were barely acceptable, but only because they seemed heavily salted. Most non-vegetarian Asian restaurants in Portland do vegetarian food a lot better than Bay Leaf. Their selection of teas is quite good, however. I just wish they had put more money and effort into seasoning their food than they put into psuedo-Asian bubbling fountains and track lighting.

1
★★☆☆☆

Bay Leaf fails at its attempt to provide a place for one to eat good vegetarian Asian cuisine. Their mid-scale prices and oddly fancy decor make you expect your food to be delicious and served with care. Instead, you are served completely bland and generic food by oddly uninterested and unpleasant staff. My green curry (the name included some superlative like "scrumptious" or "dazzling") was entirely without flavor. Sure, it was vaguely spicy, but besides the burn there was nothing else there. The tofu in the curry was dry and foamy. For a good vegetarian curry, go to the Kalga Cafe down the street. My date's Mu Shui Veggies were barely acceptable, but only because they seemed heavily salted. Most non-vegetarian Asian restaurants in Portland do vegetarian food a lot better than Bay Leaf. Their selection of teas is quite good, however. I just wish they had put more money and effort into seasoning their food than they put into psuedo-Asian bubbling fountains and track lighting.

Pros: none

Cons: not much off-street parking, poor service, bland food, why go?

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Having read pretty decent reviews, I was expecting something special. It's not. The portions are kind of small (especially for an Asian style restaurant) and relatively bland. I'd read good things about the Lion's Mane Satay, a breaded-and-fried mushroom dish. It was okay, but definitely don't order this expecting to be full or as your only dish. The special Mango Tofu was unimpressive. Service was attentive, almost overly so - I hadn't finished eating and the entire table was cleared and our check had arrived. Oh - and I'm really into hot and sour soup, but Bay Leaf's is nothing to write home about.

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★★★☆☆

Having read pretty decent reviews, I was expecting something special. It's not. The portions are kind of small (especially for an Asian style restaurant) and relatively bland. I'd read good things about the Lion's Mane Satay, a breaded-and-fried mushroom dish. It was okay, but definitely don't order this expecting to be full or as your only dish. The special Mango Tofu was unimpressive. Service was attentive, almost overly so - I hadn't finished eating and the entire table was cleared and our check had arrived. Oh - and I'm really into hot and sour soup, but Bay Leaf's is nothing to write home about.

Pros: Fast service

Cons: Bland Food

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I thought the food was good but nothing to rave about. I did like the mixed grain rice and the Eight Treasures Tea, although I would have preferred regular sized tea cups instead of the extremely miniature ones. The staff were really friendly but service wasn't up to par when the tables were full. The decor style wasn't warm and cozy feeling in my opinion, but probably fine for those who like more of the contemporary feel. None of the food really wowed me - it was good but not impressive. I wouldn't discourage anyone from going, but I prefer other asian restaurants for similar entrees, lower price, and where they don't charge tea at $3 per person.

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★★★☆☆

I thought the food was good but nothing to rave about. I did like the mixed grain rice and the Eight Treasures Tea, although I would have preferred regular sized tea cups instead of the extremely miniature ones. The staff were really friendly but service wasn't up to par when the tables were full. The decor style wasn't warm and cozy feeling in my opinion, but probably fine for those who like more of the contemporary feel. None of the food really wowed me - it was good but not impressive. I wouldn't discourage anyone from going, but I prefer other asian restaurants for similar entrees, lower price, and where they don't charge tea at $3 per person.

Pros: Variety of entrees, friendly staff

Cons: Limited off-street parking, a little pricey for the quality, a lot of deep fried tofu

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I wouldn?t say it?s the best restraint in town, but it?s probably one of the easiest to eat at if you are vegetarian or vegan. I eat here once every other month or so, and it?s quite a bit out of my way. The staff is happy to help and is super patient with orders, which seems to be rare when filling the vegetarian niche. They are also honest with what they like. The avocado smoothies are very good, the prices seem fair.

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★★★★☆

I wouldn?t say it?s the best restraint in town, but it?s probably one of the easiest to eat at if you are vegetarian or vegan. I eat here once every other month or so, and it?s quite a bit out of my way. The staff is happy to help and is super patient with orders, which seems to be rare when filling the vegetarian niche. They are also honest with what they like. The avocado smoothies are very good, the prices seem fair.

Pros: Food, service, smoothies

Cons: Parkings a bit rough sometimes

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As a vegetarian for almost 20 years, i can admit I too get sick of the standard tofu and steamed veggie fare found at most places. But Bay Leaf rocks! Their Sesame Tofu is the bomb. They have an awesome tea selection, as well.
Let's make one thing clear- there is no such thing as authentic vegetarian asian - anyone under the impression otherwise has never been to asia, knows any asians and is certainly not asian themselves. Being a veggie is a choice - and it is one that comes with many sacrifices - but at least at bay leaf, one does not have to sacrifice flavor.

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★★★★★

As a vegetarian for almost 20 years, i can admit I too get sick of the standard tofu and steamed veggie fare found at most places. But Bay Leaf rocks! Their Sesame Tofu is the bomb. They have an awesome tea selection, as well.
Let's make one thing clear- there is no such thing as authentic vegetarian asian - anyone under the impression otherwise has never been to asia, knows any asians and is certainly not asian themselves. Being a veggie is a choice - and it is one that comes with many sacrifices - but at least at bay leaf, one does not have to sacrifice flavor.

Pros: fast service, consistent dishes

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When this vegetarian chinese restaurant first came out we were very excited and were one of the first people to try it. The menu was diverse with prices that felt comfortable. The service and food was excellent. We put it on our list of favorite places to go. However, the last couple of times we have gone it has fallen from grace. The service is still exceptional but the food is no longer flavorful and even leans towards bland, and the prices have risen dramatically. My bay leaf noodle soup this last time had no flavor and was close to that of noodles in hot water. Sadly it made for a dissapointing dining experience. We haven't taken them completely off our list yet, and plan on giving them another try. Hopefully they will spice it up a bit! :)

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★★★☆☆

When this vegetarian chinese restaurant first came out we were very excited and were one of the first people to try it. The menu was diverse with prices that felt comfortable. The service and food was excellent. We put it on our list of favorite places to go. However, the last couple of times we have gone it has fallen from grace. The service is still exceptional but the food is no longer flavorful and even leans towards bland, and the prices have risen dramatically. My bay leaf noodle soup this last time had no flavor and was close to that of noodles in hot water. Sadly it made for a dissapointing dining experience. We haven't taken them completely off our list yet, and plan on giving them another try. Hopefully they will spice it up a bit! :)

Pros: Excellent service, diverse menu.

Cons: Food is bland and unexciting, prices have gone up.

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I was quite impressed with Bay Leaf. The decor was nice, the staff was friendly, and the food was amazing. The hot and sour soup was very good, but the main dish I ordered (a special sort of white Yam dish) was incredible.

The chef sauteed the vegetables in a very light glaze, and the vegetables were sliced and cooked perfectly to get that crisp-tender texture of lightly cooked fresh vegetables.

The vegetables were served with a wild rice. Everything tasted very healthy but at the same time was very savory and satisfying.

I ordered a carrot cake and it was pretty good, but smothered in frosting.

I'd definitely recommend the vegetable plates when coming here, they are sure to please if you appreciate the lighter cooking of SE Asia.

PROS: Excellent fresh vegetables
CONS:

5
★★★★★

I was quite impressed with Bay Leaf. The decor was nice, the staff was friendly, and the food was amazing. The hot and sour soup was very good, but the main dish I ordered (a special sort of white Yam dish) was incredible.

The chef sauteed the vegetables in a very light glaze, and the vegetables were sliced and cooked perfectly to get that crisp-tender texture of lightly cooked fresh vegetables.

The vegetables were served with a wild rice. Everything tasted very healthy but at the same time was very savory and satisfying.

I ordered a carrot cake and it was pretty good, but smothered in frosting.

I'd definitely recommend the vegetable plates when coming here, they are sure to please if you appreciate the lighter cooking of SE Asia.

PROS: Excellent fresh vegetables
CONS:

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