Have you ever had disagreements in your family in terms of where to go out to eat? Ever get each person saying they want to eat a particular type of cuisine or want to go somewhere specific which no one else is in a mood for? It certainly happens to us. So, on a recent trip to Cardiff, when friends recommended we MUST (it was pretty emphatic) eat at Red Hot World Buffet, we made a point of seeking it out.
Located smack in the city center, the restaurant’s claim to fame is that for one price (9.99 pounds per person on a Saturday for lunch), you can eat a buffet filled to your heart’s content. Now a lot of restaurants advertise that, but what is promised here is a buffet encompassing Indian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Mediterranean food.
As soon as we entered, we noticed the restaurant was packed and bustling with activity. We got seated within a few minutes and then came a journey that I have to say has not been commonplace. Walking slowly towards the appetizers area, I knew their claim of serving an assortment of cuisine was absolutely spot on. This was not some token, obligatory check the box with one dish dedicated to each cuisine but dishes upon dishes and stations dedicated to each specialty.
For a foodie, this was a fantasy come true….but it was also tremendously stress inducing. “Oh I wish I had not eaten breakfast” , “Wait, how can I try everything here?” “I’ve always wanted to try this…” my mind was a smorgasbord of questions.
Each dish we ate tasted fresh and authentic. From the freshly piped hummus served in dainty cups with an olive slice at the top to the fiery hot Thai green curry, from the potatoes with mustard to the pizza with jalapenos, from the mango souffle to the chocolate cake, the list of dishes was totally satiating. We ate our way through multiple rounds and left incredibly content and happy. Our only complaint on a cold day was that there was no place close by that we could retire for a nap!
If you think we are exaggerating about the choices, simply take a look at their menu in Cardiff that we partook.
We have subsequently discovered that the restaurant has multiple locations throughout the UK. To get more information on their locations, click here:
If you’ve had a similar dining experience, we’d absolutely love to hear from you.