Taste Santa’s Favorite Chicken and more from Bay Leaf’s holiday menu


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You can always bet on a colorful spread of food when you eat at Bay Leaf. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The holidays have arrived and Chef Z is cooking up some delicious and festive eats at Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar. Their latest menu features unique, holiday-themed dishes you have to try before the season ends. Get the deets on the eats below.

Bring in the holidays with Bay Leaf + their limited holiday menu ✨

Chef Z certainly does not lack in creativity when it comes to Bay Leaf’s menu. He’s come up with some crazy creations in the past and isn’t afraid to have fun with the food he makes. Don’t believe us? Check out the Paneer Bomb he made for the Diwali menu!

For the holiday menu—available from Dec. 11 to Jan. 1—Chef Z was inspired by how Christmas is celebrated in European restaurants and wanted to create a menu with those influences.

“You can really get the Christmas feeling with the food.”

Chef Z, Bay Leaf’s Executive Chef

Using his knowledge and training from actually cooking in those restaurants, Chef Z dreamed up a decadent, delicious and drool-worthy holiday menu. Here’s a look at the five featured dishes:

1. Holiday Fritters 🎄🔔

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How cute is that lil gingerbread man?! Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Perfect for an appetizer or the kids at your table, Chef Z’s Holiday Fritters are fun and flavorful. They are made from ground chicken and spices, then molded into holiday shapes like a Christmas tree or gingerbread man for a festive touch.

Want to add more spice to your shaped fritters? Just ask your server or whoever is taking your order!

2. Snow Shrimp ❄️🍤

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It’s hard to share an appetizer when you could eat the entire plate alone. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Feeling chilly? Despite the name, Chef Z’s Snow Shrimp will surely warm you up. The shrimps are marinated and roasted in the Tandoori oven then topped with melted cheese to resemble snow. This dish doesn’t come spicy, but Chef Z can always kick up the heat if needed.

3. Santa’s Favorite Chicken 🎅🥘

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The perfect dish to warm you up on a chilly winter night. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Forget the milk and cookies—this year try Santa’s other favorite dish: this chicken from Bay Leaf. Made on the flat top grill, this chicken is served on a bed of plum sauce made with plum, onion, cashews and a little spice to give it that Indian touch.  

4. Paneer Pole Star 🌟🧀

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Have you ever seen anything like this dish?! Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Possibly the most Instagrammable dish and the star of the menu (sorry, I had to) is the Paneer Pole Star. Paneer is a popular cheese in India also known as Indian cottage cheese. Chef Z’s Paneer Pole Star is made with grounded paneer, nuts, herbs and spices; molded into a star shape; and served on the rim of a jar filled with zesty plum sauce.

5. Christmas Plum Pie 🥧🍒

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The perfect mix or tart + sweetness. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

You’ll find plum flavoring throughout the entire holiday menu, but this Plum Pie may take the cake. 😉 It features a crumbly crust, plum filling, special sauce and whip cream with a cherry on top. It’s the perfect ending to a very merry meal!

Not in the mood for festive food, but still want to support this local business? 👉 Purchase a gift card or order takeout from their other menus!

Of course, ordering from Bay Leaf’s holiday menu is just one way to support them right now. Pick up a gift card for that friend who’s been dying to visit, or order a meal from their other menus:

The menu will be available until January 1st. Order online here, or dine in at their Five Points South or 280 location

Already tried a dish from their holiday menu? Share your favorite with us on social at @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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