Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend my first Chef’s Table event, at The Bay Restaurant in Masaki. The event offered guests a seven (7) course menu with a wide variety of mouth-watering selection of starters, mains and dessert. As we entered the restaurant were welcomed with a simplistic yet elegant, earthy decor which was a marriage between antique/vintage look and a hint of coastal modernity, with hints of beige, whites, light blues and green. Each table had a mini blackboard with the booking name, which personalized the experience.
I was accompaniend my friend Irene. Our night started with the Oxtail Soup, which was accompanied with an olive ciabatta croute; and it did not disappoint. The soup was light and the oxtail just fell of the bone. Next we were presented with a Beer Battered Jumbo Prawn, which came with a mango and capsicum salad drizzled with a passion fruit dressing. Now anyone who knows me knows that I love seafood and that I don’t like anything battered, but my taste buds were surprised with the light batter on the prawn which didn’t take away the flavor of the Jumbo Prawn.
After the two starters, we were serve a Duo of Sorbet which consisted of a Lemon and Mango sorbet, to cleanse our pallets. The Sorbet had the right about of sugar and tangy taste and the texture was just right and pleasant to the taste buds.
For the main course we had to select one dish out of three (3):
- 100 Clove Garlic Chicken, this served in white wine and mushroom cream sauce with a spinach gnocchi and roasted vegetables
- Salmon Teriyaki, seared salom glazed with a japanese teriyaki sauce nestled on an asian stir-fry with pop choy
- Moroccan Leg of Lamb accompanied with moroccan spices paired with minted couscous, cherry tomato and a rich jus.
I had the Moroccan Leg of Lamb which was very flavorful, despite it being a bit salty for my liking, but it did not take away the taste from the dish once combined with the other ingredients on the plate. The minted couscous had the right consistency and together with the cherry tomatoes the flavors came together well. All that food was followed by a delicious Salted Chocolate Tart, served with a homemade raspberry ice cream and a Cheese Board with a selection of three (3) cheeses, french baguette, relish and grapes. Each spoon full of the raspberry ice cream was a party in my mouth, I would definitely go back for that ice cream.
For total of TZS 85,000, it was a great night and the service was good. The waiters smiled at all times and Chef Marc made an appearance to say hello to his guests. And the hostess ‘Tashniqa’ was as charming as she always is. The restaurant also caters for all tastes, as it provides a large selection of fine food and careful selected wine list from different regions across the world
This was a one time event to remind Dar people that The Bay is still alive, and still serving great food and offers the same calm and serene atmosphere to your dining experience. For this reason and for the reason that they have recently added a new play area for children for the lunch time service; you can imagine how excited I was, because as a mum I know families in Dar struggle to find places that are child friendly. So for this reason and the fact that the food is also great, I would definitely recommend going to The Bay for lunch with the family and dinner dates or night out with girlfriends.