Move over Chipotle – there is a brand new fast casual concept in town. Bolay is a new concept in restaurant dining, developed by Chris Gannon and his dad Tim Gannon, the internationally-known restauranteur of Outback, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill,etc.
Bolay’s take on a fast casual restaurant is to offer fresh and flavorful food that wakes up the palate. This is by no means the typical “health food restaurant.” True there are no fryers and they are totally gluten free. And they do offer a huge variety of cold pressed juices. But the food is so full of flavor which is something that you usually do not associate with health food.
The Gannons brought in Chef Martin Oswald, from Aspen, Colorado, to help develop the menu. It was most important to the team that all of the ingredients marry well together. In this new concept you build your own meal in a bowl. There are three sized bowls. Small Bowl – $7.95 with choice of 1 bases, 1 veggies and 1 proteins plus condiments; Large Bowl – $9.95 with choice of 2 bases, 2 veggies and 2 proteins and then sauce it up; and Kids Bowl – $5 with choice of 1 base and 1 protein plus sauces.
The portions I had were quite generous and amazingly delicious. As I walked through the line I was astounded at the variety and quality of each item. I first chose my bases from Marinated Kale and Currant Salad, Peruvian Quinoa, Forbidden Black Rice, Aromatic Basmati Rice, Cilantro Noodles and Baby Spinach. Next I chose two proteins from an array of Lemon Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Caribbean Spiced Steak, Ahi Tuna, Pork Tenderloin and Sesame Tofu. Then I added two veggies from an assortment of Broccoli with Ginger Orange Glaze, Balsamic Mushrooms, Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Paleo Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Pancetta and Smokey Cauliflower. Once the bowl is filled I got to sauce it up with a selection that included Lemongrass Tamari, Spicy Thai, Cilantro Pesto and Carrot Ginger Sauces. But wait! There’s more! Top everything with add-ons such as Minted Tomatoes, Goat Cheese Crumbles, Grated Parmesan and an Asian Herb Mix. Have I made you hungry yet?
One of the things I like most about this concept is the fact that they are sourcing everything locally where possible and they use fresh, high quality seasonal ingredients that are well seasoned for excellent flavor.
“At Bolay, we cater to discerning, health-conscious guests with ingredients that uniquely customize bold, innovative flavors,” says Tim Gannon. “We are innovating the build your own bowl experience, and pairing it with refreshing cold-pressed juices, infused teas & local craft beer and wine.”
Go to Bolay once and I am pretty sure you will become as addicted to their style of healthy eating as I am.
250 South State Road 7, Suite 100
Royal Palm Beach, Florida