A couple of mates have been going on about the Italian night at Skyw@lk at the Marriott Executive Apartments so I thought I’d call in on a Tuesday evening and give it a try.
It’s an Italian-themed buffet as well as a good range of pizzas and a live pasta cooking station with soft drinks included in the all-you-can eat price.
I started off with a huge plate of various salads which sounds pretty healthy but, to be honest, they all come with sauces so, although very tasty, they’re not as virtuous as they initially appear.
My favourite was smoked fish with vegetables in a creamy white sauce and I also tucked into a big pile of roasted peppers and aubergines which were cooked to perfection.
My dining companion dived straight into the mains going for beef in gravy – doesn’t sound very Italian but she was impressed with the gravy. On her recommendation I gave this one a try too and found it a rich combination of onions and meat juices.
The meat itself was tasty but a little chewy, perhaps from having sat on the warmer for a while.
The fish in lemon butter sauce, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment, the sauce was pretty much tasteless and the fish was very overcooked and tasted a bit soapy so definitely give that one a miss.
We moved onto pizza, which was really what we’d come for, even though we’d overdone it a bit on the buffet and didn’t have much space left.
My companion is allergic to cheese so she went for chicken and vegetable without the dairy and, I must admit, I was pretty tempted by what arrived at the table. A thin crispy crust with a really generous topping of chicken and peppers which brought a smile to her face.
I went for plain cheese which, again, came as a really generous topping and I loved the really tasty thin crust.
There was plenty to choose from in the dessert section to but I opted for a hot chocolate instead since it was one of the coldest nights of the year.
It’s not included in the all-in price but was one of the best hot chocolates I’ve come across on the island and I am a bit of an obsessive. They clearly knew better than to add sugar without asking, unlike some places, and the squirty cream topping actually tasted like proper cream rather than the plastic yukkyness I’ve been served in other places.
My pal went for café latte but immediately suffered drink envy!
All in all a bit of a success, though next time I’ll probably leave the buffet and head straight to the pizza.
The bill (for two) Sky buffet x 2 BD13.250 Café latte BD 1.400 Hot chocolate BD 1.400 Total (inc tax) BD19.381
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