-By Karen Anand
A huge all day dining space on the ground floor of the newly opened Holiday Inn conveniently located (technically in Hinjewadi) on the main Pune-Bangalore highway on the way to the Mumbai expressway. I was actually quite shocked to see the size of this place and moreover to see it packed on a weekday at lunchtime. I thought that maybe there was an in-house conference which would explain the crowd but was told that these were just walk-ins from the neighbouring IT offices! There must have been about a hundred people there and even though most people chose the buffet, there were no queues or crowding which I often find puts me off buffets completely. Counters were well spread out to take care of the numbers and still look appealing and service with replenishments was quite swift and efficient. Areas are clearly demarcated with a central salad island: all non-vegetarian dishes are on one side of the main course counter and vegetarian on the other which is quite considerate to the vegetarian customer and a good move in the 5 star brigade.
The variety and buffet spread at Cafe Bay Leaf is pretty lavish by any standards. They also have a very extensive a la carte menu. Indian on the buffet reigns supreme. Menus change daily, but the day I was there, both the veg and non-veg starters were outstanding - a dry Malwan type chicken, a five-spice fish and aloo tikkis. I was particularly impressed with the vegetarian main courses - palak mangodi (moong wadi), a home style gobi and a couple of Italian and Oriental options. The Indian desserts - all made in house- were all excellent. The continental desserts tend to be more in the pastry category and not overly inspired. We also ordered a couple of dishes from the a la carte menu - the charmoula spiced prawns and New Zealand lamb chops - recommendations from one of the chefs. Both were pretty good but quit steep in terms of price. I would urge you to try the Konkan specialties on the menu, specially the chicken cafreal.
PLUS & MINUS
Both the quality and the presentation of the food, is quite 5 star. Western desserts and patisserie needs improvement.
MUST TRY DISHES
Dal tadka, railway mutton curry, five spice fish
Review posted within last 6 month
For well spread buffets Café Bay Leaf is must visit. Do not miss their Konkan dishes on the menu that are quite popular and Mutton Curry which is out of this world. This café has a class and it is constantly delivering great food quality that one can not find most of the places. Café Bay Leaf is a class apart restaurant and strongly recommend it for families.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
One of my friends told me about the restaurant- Cafe Bay Leaf. I visited the restaurant with my fiance. The place is a nice and pleasing one. We ordered chicken fried chicken, which has fried chicken breast smothered with gravy. Next to follow was lumpiang sariwa which is fresh vegetable roll with pork and shrimp and is wrapped in lettuce and crepe. To end the meal we chose nanner pudding and strawberry shortcake. The visit was a memorable one! Will surely visit again
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