Excellent Balinese Marinated Fish at Bay Leaf in Sunnyvale
I stopped for lunch yesterday at Bay Leaf in Sunnyvale and had the Pepes Ikan—
Balinese grilled marinated fish wrapped in banana leaf. It was totally excellent. The fish was tilapia and the complex spicing included coconut curry and lemongrass. IIRC the menu indicated the dish was mildly spicy but by American standards I would call it medium, just right for me. The fish fillet was melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Melanie Wong’s detailed 2006 discussion of Bay Leaf can be found in a thread under the former name of the restaurant—
More 2006 info is at—
I can’t believe there aren’t more recent reports from this place. It is worthy of more attention.
Bay Leaf Restaurant
122 S Sunnyvale Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Went here tonight. We ordered three dishes: Pepes Ikan, Ayam Penyet (fried chicken with spicy shrimp paste), and Soto Betawi (mild beef curry stew). As already noted, the fish was excellent. The chicken was very good as well. The chicken was fried nicely and would have been tasty on its own. The shrimp paste gave it an unusual (and spicy) kick. The stew was similar to a mild, and thin, Thai or Malaysian curry. The beef was overcooked. With avocado shakes (recommended) and black rice dessert (a little too heavy for me, with the coconut milk), the meal came out to $50. Would love to go back and try some of their other dishes.
Completely agree that this dish is very delicious. It can be ordered very spicy (I'm pretty sure since I always go with a few people who can eat those chili padis like they're candy), enough to make an Indonesian's eyes water but does not hide the flavor of the spices. Marries very well with the sweet ayam kalasan that they serve, also a great version of the dish.