Pizza By The Bay – Buffet lunch

I’ve always loved having a soup, salad and sandwich meal. I’ve also always loved the PBTB (Pizza by the Bay) food. However, with so many new restaurants opening up, I hadn’t been to PBTB for a buffet for many years. Finally when there recently with family.

The restaurant has been recently re-decorated. Its done-up very tastefully. They now have tall glass windows that look out towards the sea. We managed to get a round table near the windows. Its was a wonderful meal – food, ambiance and the company. We spent a leisure almost 2 hours over the buffet. Of course, as usual, after an absolutely satiating meal, went home and slept.

The buffet is a soup, salads, sandwiches and desserts menu. There is a veg and non-vegetarian soup, served on the table with a basket of soft breads and crunchy sticks. The vegetarian minestrone soup as well as chicken soup were amazing.

The salads spread was outstanding. They had almost over 20 vegetarian salads, of which about 5-6 of them were without onion and garlic. For the non-vegetarians too, there were no less than 10 salads – I’m sure of it. All the salads were well flavoured and one could easily go for seconds. However, since the salads are so many and I wanted to try all, or as many as I could, I really couldn’t go back for seconds (I yet had to have the sandwiches and desserts)! The only drawback that I found in the salads was that though they were all well flavoured, there just one or two salads that were not dry-ish (like a mayo based salad). However, its easily forgotten when the spread is so good.

veg salad spread

veg salad spread

veg salad spread pic

veg salad spread pic

more veg salads

more veg salads

non veg salad spread

non veg salad spread

non veg salad spread pic

non veg salad spread pic

There are about 10 listed sandwiches. We ordered the chili cheese, Mediterranean and beef sandwiches between 5 of us. The chili cheese sandwich was the best, the other two coming a close second.

chili cheese toast

chili cheese toast

Medditerranean sandwich

Mediterranean sandwich

Beef sandwich

Beef sandwich

Finally the desserts. Very good, especially when we came to know they were eggless! Most of the desserts were great, just a couple of them were not very good.

dessert counter

dessert counter

mousse and strawberry n chocolate pastry

mousse and strawberry n chocolate pastry

Wow. What a meal. At Rs. 800 all inclusive, we were very very happy.Oh. I almost forgot. One of us took the Rs. 1400 buffet which includes the Four Seasons wine – red or white, unlimited. We took red. I strongly recommend this Rs. 1400 buffet as the wine pairs very well the complete buffet menu. This buffet is a must experience.

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Caramel Pudding

My homemade caramel pudding

Caramel pudding

Caramel pudding

I’m a chocolate person, but hubby is an absolute vanilla and caramel pudding guy – we cannot be more different when it comes to food! White and brown ; )

He is an absolute caramel pudding enthusiast. I’ve eaten the pudding a few times but was never really inspired enough to make it at home, till recently.

OMG – it turned out fantastic – yay !!! It tastes just like the ones you get outside. If hubby takes three helpings I know I’ve got him hooked-on to my cooking

Culinary Foods

inside the restaurant

inside the restaurant

Dined here this afternoon for lunch. Thanks to Groupon, had a fantastic meal. Its a small open air restaurant located just opposite Sterling Cinema.

For a meal for two, we started with a Veg Tom Yum soup and a Chicken Manchow soup, both small portions.

The Veg Tom Yum soup was good. Very well flavoured.

Veg Tom Yum soup - small

Veg Tom Yum soup – small

The Chicken Manchow soup was decent.

Chicken Manchow soup - small

Chicken Manchow soup – small

Next ordered Veg Wantons Manchurian style – it takes a few bites to start enjoying it. Its a very interesting combination and taste. I would order it again.

Veg Wantons Manchurian style

Veg Wantons Manchurian style

Together with the wantons, came the Chili Garlic Beef. Easily this gets a rating of 9 on 10.

Chili Garlic Beef

Chili Garlic Beef

With so much eating, and wanting to keep an appetite for dessert, we ordered just a Grilled Vegetable Crepes, with Mozzarella cheese. Ah! It was good. Something very different, not eaten something like this before. It was crepes stuffed with veggies dunked in a bed rich with cheese. Pure sin! Served with bread.

Grilled Vegetable Crepes

Grilled Vegetable Crepes

Ok, to all this, I added a Peach Iced Tea and hubby a Lemon one. Hubby loved his, and I mine. I think the restaurant has perfected the Peach Iced Tea. 7 hours later, now, I still can taste the flavour.

Peach Iced Tea

Peach Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea

OMG – tummy full, but still had to get to my best part – desserts. Picked Hot Chocolate Mud Pie and Philadelphia Cheesecake.

The Mud Pie, tasted exactly as a gooey chocolate-walnut  brownie topped with layer of chocolate ganache would. Pure Sin – again.

Hot Chocolate Mud Pie

Hot Chocolate Mud Pie

The Philadelphia Cheesecake was ok.

Philadelphia Cheesecake

Philadelphia Cheesecake

Wasn’t this a lot to eat for two? Oh, we enjoyed the meal. It was great. Would love to go back to the place in a month for round 2.

Shakshouka

Shakshouka is a Tunisian / Arabic dish of poached eggs in a spiced sauce of tomatoes and onions. My hubby loves this. I usually make it for dinner for him and a bit extra for a one time breakfast. See the picture below and I know you would be salivating.

shakshouka

shakshouka

The dish is very easy to prepare. The only time to be careful is in getting the egg whites cooked completely and at the same time, the yolk should be firm but running when you break into it. Have it with any bread. I usually served it with garlic bread. This time it was a sliced herb-ed footlong.

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

 

Marble Cake

Marble cake is one of of the few sponge cakes I like. I’m totally a cake person with layers of thick chocolate icing. But this cake definitely is the perfect partner to tea. Actually, its an anytime cake

marble cake slice

marble cake slice

I made this cake for a friend as she likes only sponge cakes! I made it in a heart shape and then we sliced it up as we ate. I made this cake after about 4 years, but fingers-crossed, it turned up perfect. Yay!

Kheema Pav

kheema pav

kheema pav

My hubby enjoys this dish once in a while. He has always eaten this at a restaurant. Years ago, I did make this once at home, but it turned out really average. So, after that I never made it again.

As luck would have it, my new cook said he knew how to make it. I bought him the kheema and when ready, the dish looked and smelled great. However, I waited with great anxiety for my hubby to taste it. He relished it! Mission successful – 1 more non-vegetarian dish can be made at home.

With some leftover, I served it with an egg for breakfast the next day – perfect start to the day.

kheema pav with egg for breakfast

kheema pav with egg for breakfast

Wraps and Rolls

Finally, I made them – WRAPS!

Ever since I made the Peppered Paneer, I’ve been wanting to put it in a wrap. (On the Mumbai roads, they are called ROLLS)

So,

last night’s dinner was :

1. Paneer n Aloo (potato) wrap

2. Grilled chicken and Aloo wrap

3. Egg n chicken wrap

The results were amazing. They tasted quite like the ones on the streets. Yipeeee…………

Check out the pictures.

Paneer n Aloo filling

Paneer n Aloo filling

Paneer n Aloo wrap

Paneer n Aloo wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled chicken filling

Grilled chicken filling

 

grilled chicken

grilled chicken

Grilled chicken wrap

Grilled chicken wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg n chicken filling

Egg n chicken filling

 

 

 

egg n chicken wrap

egg n chicken wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner enjoyed. Happy. And another day goes by – well spent.