I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our choice of eating out was limited to mostly fast food and Chinese or American (Denny’s and a couple local diners). Then I moved to Ontario, and we ate a ton of Chinese there. Here I am in the Pacific Northwest, and I love the variety of ethnic choices when eating out, but I have never seen anything like this.
I had to take my Canadian citizenship test today, in Surrey, BC. (Yes, I passed!) 🙂 It ran from 11 am to almost 2 pm, so I was starving when I got out of there. Just a couple of blocks from where I took the test was a restaurant I’d passed numerous times, and it always says on the sign: Wednesday Lunch Buffet. So I thought yeaa, I’m here on a Wednesday, I’ll try it out.
The restaurant is called Bozzini’s. I assumed it was Italian. It was. It is also Greek. Not so unheard of; I’ve had Greek and Italian in the same place. But have you ever had East Indian with Greek and Italian?
The food was actually pretty good (though a little overpriced I thought). But on the cold buffet table was a nice variety of salad stuff. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and red onions, all separated to make your own either Caesar or Greek salad. And a Greek-flavored pasta salad. The dressings were very good; Greek, Caesar, and then I guess in case you don’t like those, Thousand Island (which originated in Upstate New York, by the way)
On the warm side of the buffet is what I found interesting and a little humorous.
Butter chicken and yellow rice. 2 kinds of very Italian pizzas. What I think was tandoori…it was either chicken breast or pork. I don’t know, it was not good. The seasoning on the outside was okay, but it was dry as leather on the inside, so much so I couldn’t quite identify the meat, other than it was a white meat. Only thing I really didn’t like on the whole buffet. Then there was a fettuccine Alfredo that was very nice (one of my favorite things) and then there was beef stew. I swear it was a standard, what I’d call American beef stew. Then there were some very fresh, very lovely steamed carrot, broccoli and green beans.
So, I very much enjoyed the experience. The food for the most part was very good, and the service was fantastic. Of course there were only 3 people in the restaurant at 1:30 in the afternoon on a weekday. I would try the restaurant again to order something off the menu, now that I know they do what they do, even if it’s an oddball mix – in my opinion – really rather well.
I liked this picture. It was a gorgeous sunny, frigid and windy day outside, but the food looked very pretty at my table with the sunshine warming me.