Columbia’s Vista will soon be broadening its dining options when a new eclectic Indian restaurant officially opens its doors Monday.
BayLeaf is described by owner Pavan Reddy as a fine dining experience, offering dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. Located at 530 Lady Street (formerly M Grille), restaurant employees have already been serving customers since their soft opening a couple weeks ago.
Reddy selected all the Bayleaf recipes and dishes himself. He said the main courses may take a few minutes longer than other Indian restaurants because everything is made from scratch, even down to their ice cream.
“All the curries, everything is made from scratch. Even the masalas here, we don’t buy anything packaged,” he said. The chefs use a variety of spices including cinnamon, bay leaves and cloves to give the food a rich flavor.
A $10 lunch buffet is offered Monday through Thursday, $12 Friday and $14 Saturday. Reddy said the prices are increased due to additional options, like seafood. The dinner menu includes a variety of appetizers and authentic Indian main courses, accompanied by a list of original cocktails.
Reddy moved from India in 2002, and his family currently lives in Charlotte. However, he said he will be living in the Midlands for the next three to four months while his restaurant gets going. “And I’m going to open another in Lexington, and also plan to open one in Charleston,” he added.
Bayleaf can hold 90 customers at a time, and offers a lounge area, and a full bar. Reddy said they are still hiring hostesses and bussers.