Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Bayleaf, Eynsham

Monday September 24

Almost as traditional as the Great English Pub is the Great Indian Takeaway, especially now that some poll has found Chicken Tikka Masala to be Britain's favorite dish. So after a weekend of non-stop pubbing, it was a nice change to take Priscilla's fold-up-rolly-cart and roll over to the local Bangladeshi restaurant, the Bayleaf, which filled it with delectable things in tinfoil dishes in under twenty minutes.

There were some things that were familiar - tandoori, vindaloo, korma, biryani - and others less so. We went for the unfamiliar: prawn pathia, with coconut flour in a sweet-sour red sauce; lamb dhansak, with lentils (which disappeared into a creamy gravy), garlic, and fenugreek; and chicken sag, with spinach, onion, and garlic. We rounded it out with several vegetable dishes: aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower), mattar panir (peas with cheese), and of course, raita, naan, and rice pilau.

We had planned to watch the horrible Alexander the Great movie, but ended up playing with Google Earth and helping Sofia with her homework. A nice family evening, on the whole.

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