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Bayleaf

Category : Allentown, Pennsylvania, Restaurant Reviews, The Lehigh Valley

YAY! Allentown Restaurant week is upon us! It’s like a foodlovers Christmas and birthday all wrapped up into one delicious week. This week was a hard choice to pick where we would eat. All the different restaurants sounded so good! We picked a place neither my wife nor myself had ever heard of, looked up the reviews on line, checked the menu for the week and headed out.

Downtown Allentown is trying with all its might to clean up and bring people out. I think without the influx of new restaurants it wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is today. It turns out that Bay Leaf has been in the same area for a very long time. We got here at about 6:30pm and found a parking space right in front. The meters are free after 6 so we didn’t have to fool around with change and headed right in.  Bay Leaf touts itself as New American food with a Thai influence. The décor gives you exactly that feeling too. Very contemporary with a definite Asian touch. We had a choice of seat and decided on a seat next to the front window. If there’s one thing I like as much as food and drink it’s people watching.

We were greeted by our waiter right away and placed a drink order from their full bar. This gave us a couple minutes to look over the menu. A special menu is made for the week so we picked what we wanted for our 3 course dinner and perused the rest if the full menu. Everything sounded so good. You can see the Asian influence in most of their meals. Our drinks came and we ordered our first two courses.

My wife selected the Ravioli, a shrimp & crab meat filled pastapocket with a saffron cream sauce. These little pockets full of heaven were very generous in size and even bigger in flavor. An enticing aroma of saffron filled your nose with every bite. A tribute to a tomato sauce was spread on top which complimented the seafood inside perfectly. Lightly pan fried on the outside left a nice crunch at first and salty seafood inside almost melted in your mouth. I chose the Thai Orange Salad Chicken and Shrimp topped with oranges, peanuts and toasted shredded coconut with roasted chili vinaigrette. This was no joke.

A heaping plate full of poultry and shrimp with fresh orange slices and red Chile peppers. The sweet and hot of the citrus and peppers in combination with the nuts and coconut was an all out assault on the senses. The chicken and shrimp were cooked perfectly and the entire plate was put together so nicely that I felt bad tearing it apart to eat it. This could be a lunch in and of itself. Don’t ever think these restaurants tone down portion sizes for the special menus during restaurant week. With the apps done I was even more excited for dinner.

You might want to put your children to bed at this point. The followingcontains some gratuitous food porn not suitable for younger eyes. You have been warned. Entrees were the hardest pick of the night. Everything sounded great and we were hungry but what we ended up ordering was some of the best food I’ve had, bar none. My wife decided to stick with the seafood and ordered the Salmon with diced shrimp & Thai Panang curry sauce. Salmon is one of those fish that needs to be cooked perfect or it develops that silly putty texture. Well this was pulled off the grill at the exact right second. A think piece of salmon with pieces of diced up then batter fried shrimp all on top of a Panang curry sauce that rivals a purely Thai kitchen was what she received. The fish was crispy on the outside and pink and warm on the inside. The shrimp still had some snapped to them and the nuttiness of the curry sauce we all right on point. With a side of obvious fresh veggies and a bowl of Jasmine rice to round out the meal she was in food heaven. The fish had a flaky texture that made it easy to eat with the curry sauce. A fork with a little of everything was like an adventure in your mouth.

I decided on the Chicken with Parmesan Crust topped with crab meat, pine nuts, Gruyere cheese & raspberry sauce. Oh. My. God. The chicken was fork tender and the lumps of crab meat were falling off the top. A perfect amount of melted Gruyere topped the chicken. The chicken had a crunchy Parmesan crust that didn’t just fall off when you cut a piece. I dipped it in the raspberry sauce and at that exact second a huge rumble of thunder shook the restaurant. Like Mother Nature was jealous of what was about to happen. Yum. That’s the only word that fits here. 3 letters that explain all the time it took to prep, cook and serve this meal to me. I scraped my plate clean of the large piece of chicken that was given to me and sat happily. Thinking about what I just ate. Then I remembered something that made me even happier. I still had dessert!

I knew exactly what I was going to eat when I heard the waited say it. Chocolate Pot de crème aka chocolate crème brûlée. A crispy top coat of caramelized sugar hid creamy, sweet chocolate custard that couldn’t be topped. I could have eaten 20 of these but them they would have had to implement the blueberry kid roll from Willy Wonka to get me out of the restaurant, so I stuck with one. The wife went with the “lighter” dessert of homemade vanilla ice cream with homemade caramel topping. You can tell the ice cream was made fresh; it had no processed taste but instead had great vanilla bean taste throughout.

By the end of this meal we were happy and full. It’s great to know that there are places like this so close to home. Good food and a great ambience. The service was stellar and we never felt like we were rushed. Very attentive and pleasant staff at Bayleaf made it a pleasure to dine here. You can’t beat the restaurant week special pricing either. So go support your local restaurant and eat some great food while you’re at it.

-Matt Winter


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