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Peppered Fish at Bay Leaf Indonesian & Thai Restaurant in Sunnyvale

Mari Sep 25, 2006 09:38 PM

A few co-workers and I ventured into the Bay Leaf in Sunnyvale since none of us had ever tried Indonesian food.
The place is a bit of a whole in the wall, albeit a large whole in the wall. We shared the Indonesian style beef in a red curry sauce and pepper fish. We also ordered a pad thai, which was strangely salty.

The beef was delicious, but the highlight was the peppered fish. The sauce was peppery, spicey and a little sweet with bits of green onion. Where else can I find peppered fish?

The total for the three dishes, plus fried chicken for our unadventerous co-worker, was $10 each including the tip.

I am not sure what street we were on, but we were very close to the Caltrain station and behind Murphy Ave.

  1. c
    chilihead2006 Sep 27, 2006 01:12 PM

    The combination of Indonesian and Thai cuisine is not a combination that one would typically find in SE Asia, and IMHO, sounds suspiciously like a Thai restaurant looking to differentiate themselves from the zillions of other Thai restaurants out there.

    No doubt there's a demand for high quality SE Asian food, but few restauranteurs willing to invest in what it takes to provide it. It seems like many places can write a good menu, but the kitchens just aren't staffed with the right people or ingredients. A chef has to "know" the taste of real SE Asian food intimately if they are going it cook it. Insofar as Bay Area SE Asian restaurants go, I'm of the opinion that the larger the menu, the less likely they know what they're doing.

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    1. re: chilihead2006
      Melanie Wong Sep 27, 2006 10:36 PM

      Actually this was an existing Thai restaurant that was purchased by an Indonesian-Chinese family. My sense is that the Thai food is still on the menu because that's what the existing clientele expects and it pays the bills. When I spoke with the owner, she said they would be introducing more Indonesian dishes.

    2. h
      Han Sep 26, 2006 05:22 AM

      I better try this place soon. The pepes udang is calling my name.

      Not sure about the pepper fish. Wonder what the Indonesian name for this dish. Maybe it's a Thai dish.

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      1. re: Han
        Mul Sep 26, 2006 05:53 AM

        I think I'm going to give this one a try too. The reviews here sounds appealing to give a try.

        It's quite difficult to find good, authentic Indonesian food around SF Bay Area; you'd find good ones through home cooked meals instead of restaurants.

        It seems the peper fish is a Thai dish; from their Indonesian menu I can't seem to find one that matches the description.

        1. re: Han
          Mari Sep 26, 2006 03:34 PM

          The pepper fish was listed on the Indonesian part of the menu. The only Thai dish we ordered was the pad thai, which was not very good.

        2. Melanie Wong Sep 26, 2006 05:05 AM

          Your co-worker may be unadventurous, but there were four kinds of fried chicken on the menu to choose from. (G)


          Is the space air-conditioned yet?

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Mari Sep 26, 2006 03:33 PM

            I was comfortable wearing a thick wool sweater, which I usually wear inside my office and forgot to take off prior to leaving. I was not uncomfortable at all.

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