Places to Gill Out: Bolay Restaurant

NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean that Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

As college students who have ridiculously crazy schedules, it can be quite hard to ensure that we’re eating all the healthy foods that our bodies need. The intentions can definitely be there, but how many of us realistically have the time to cook every balanced meal? After factoring in the price of fresh vegetables and fruit, it makes sense why college students notoriously reach for packages of ramen noodles. But, with Bolay Restaurant only a few miles from campus, college students can keep their hunger sated and bank accounts out of the red.

Printed with permission from M. Greer
Printed with permission from M. Greer

Much is expected from a company that has a tagline that reads: “So bold. So fresh.” Yet, a quick skim through their menu will show that Bolay Restaurant delivers. The format of the restaurant can be likened to that of a Chipotle restaurant in that customers can order ahead for pickup or queue in front of a glass-enclosed, cafeteria-style setup but that’s where the similarities end.

Instead of tacos, salads and burritos, patrons can customize their small or large-sized bowls with the bases, vegetables, proteins, toppings and sauces from items inspired by the international cuisines of exotic countries. Feeling adventurous? Try the Forbidden Black Rice, Peruvian Quinoa, Cajun Sweet Potatoes, Miso Glazed Tofu or Spicy Thai Shrimp. Or you can choose from time-honored classics like Ginger Broccoli, Lemon Chicken, Ahi Tuna and Balsamic Mushrooms. Then top your mouthwatering creations with different cheeses, avocado or minted tomatoes; not forgetting the Spicy Thai, Carrot Ginger or Cilantro Pesto sauces, of course.

Printed with permission from M. Greer

If you’re not salivating by now, you probably have no taste buds. Luckily for you, since this chain restaurant has a location just across the street from the Pembroke Lakes Mall, you might be able to buy some and then head over to Bolay Restaurant for a delicious meal. Tell them I sent you. My name holds no weight there, but it’ll at least give you some time to decide which scrumptious entrees you’ll feast on that day.

Bolay Restaurant

151 North Hiatus Rd.

Suite 314

Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

$8 – $14

Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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