A while ago, we were invited to review the Red Hot World Buffet in Cardiff, an all you can eat restaurant in the Welsh capital, and of course we jumped at the chance to go along and trial some of their food. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted and seated instantly and shown an allocated buggy area, where we could leave Amy’s pram before going to our table that was immediately completed with a high chair. Our waitress kindly introduced herself, explained how the restaurant works and brought over some colouring in sheets and crayons for Amy. Our drinks were with us within 2 minutes, which I personally found very quick considering how busy the restaurant was.
Ben was the first to get his food and you could see in his face that he was seriously impressed with the food on offer. The Red Hot World Buffet serves an extensive selection of hot and cold starters as well as salads, cheese platters and fresh bread. Mains are either prepared on order (stir fry, burritos, dosas & oothapams, risottos and teppanyakis) or can be chosen from one of the many hot food stations that offer delicious meals from all around the world. There are rustic pasta dishes, modern sushi creations, flavoursome Indian curries or light Chinese stir fries and traditional British meal. Meals can be completed with salsas, sides like rice and potatoes as well as dips and sauces that are served from a number of bars.
I have been to quite a few all you can eat restaurants in Cardiff and Bristol and I have to say that I was really impressed with both the choice and the quality of food on offer at Red Hot World Buffet. Everything was beautifully cooked and nicely presented and I also noticed that all food stations were topped up regularly and kept nice and clean, which is something I find really important when you are dining buffet-style.
The absolute highlight of our dining experience was the dessert bar, well for me it was. I literally didn’t know where to start. There was so much choice and everything looked so cute and pretty. I am a big sucker for desserts, chocolate and everything sweet (you might already know that, if you are a regular reader of Mummy Alarm), so you can imagine that I was in absolute heaven when I tried the most divine chocolate and pear mousse and some delicious cake and brownie bites.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and I can wholeheartedly say that the price of £8.49 per person was very good value for money, if you compare it with the price you pay for a three course meal at an à la carte restaurant. Children usually pay half the price, but Amy wasn’t charged for her food, which was a welcome surprise. Also the prices for soft drinks were really fair and comparable to other restaurants. Usually, I find that all you can eat restaurants try to make their profit by over-charging for drinks, but this was really not the case at Red Hot World Buffet.
I can’t fault the quality and service we received at all, so there are just two tiny suggestions for improvement from us:
1) Fit 5-point-harnesses to the high chairs: As soon as Amy noticed that she didn’t have a harness across her shoulders she tried climbing out of her high chair and trying to make sure she stays in it became a bit of a chore.
2) The tables of the restaurant were very close to each other and I think it would be nice to give diners some more privacy by placing them a little further apart.
Disclosure: We were guests of Red Hot World Buffet and received a complimentary meal and drinks.