So go visit the Red Hot World Buffet - problem solved!
I'd thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Nottingham restaurant with friends a couple of years ago, so when I was asked to check out the Caribbean Food and Drink Festival they are currently promoting and I realised I would be near Leeds I jumped at the opportunity!
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Red Hot World Buffet then basically it is a restaurant described as "A food lover's fantasy". For a set price per person you can visit the buffet and help yourself to the wonderful selection of food on offer, as many times as you like. There are starters, sides, mains and desserts, and the food is a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Indian and English, although from 15th July - 14th August they are also offering Caribbean food.
I was supposed to be taking my husband with me, but he wasn't feeling very well so my sister-in-law came instead, who is a notoriously fussy eater. She thought it was brilliant which I thought said a lot in itself!
The Leeds restaurant is in the style of an airport and we found ourselves sat next to the fusilage of an aeroplane which was a bit odd, and the first time we headed off to get food we got a bit lost as it is a massive restaurant and it isn't that clearly signed but we just headed in the direction from where people were coming with plates laden with food! I was slightly bemused at being confronted with stacks of desserts as soon as I entered the buffet area but soon located the starters and, well, made a start!
Something I love about the Red Hot World Buffet is the opportunity to try something new. I have always wanted to try sushi and mussels (tho not necessarily together) but have never wanted to order a full meal in case I didn't like them. That evening I had mussels for the first time and loved them, and enjoyed several raw tuna sushi. I will definitely be having them again!
|Mussels, prawn crackers, won ton, jerk chicken...|
They are also offering 6 new cocktails during the Caribbean Food and Drink festival and I would thorough recommend trying the Jamaican Jig (I think!) - an alcoholic chocolate milkshake! What more could a girl ask for?
|More mussels, sushi, and Mexican|
The meal was accompanied by a live band playing music on traditional Caribbean instruments including 50 gallon drums. Unfortunately the music itself wasn't traditional Caribbean music but a mix of 80's and 90's stuff so it didn't quite sit right but it was pleasant enough.
The food was excellent, tasty, fresh and hot (except for the salads. obviously!) The waiters were pleasant and helpful and I can't wait to go again!
The cost of the meal varies depending on the restaurant you visit, the day and the time but on a Saturday night in Leeds your entire meal will cost £14.99, half price for children under 10. For such a huge selection of food and considering that covers your starters, mains, sides and desserts and you can eat as much as you want, I think it's a bargain! Unfortunately there are only 6 restaurants so far, in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Nottingham. However, if you are near one of these restaurants I fully recommend a visit.
Disclaimer: The cost of the meal and drinks were complimentary for the purpose of this review but the opinions expressed within are my own and no further recompense was received.