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.
For those local to the Princeton, New Jersey area, PJ’s Pancake House is that iconic restaurant across the street from Princeton University whose pancakes, waffles, breakfast and lunch specialties leave you coming back for more years after your first dining foray. Long lines of students, young couples, families young and old are a common sight, sometimes waiting for a long time in the sun, wind and cold to grab a bite here.
This morning, with the temperatures hovering around the low 20’s and the wind howling like crazy, the thought of going into this familial place and tucking into some of the fluffiest, flavorful pancakes doused with butter and syrup got us going. After a short wait in the cold, we were seated at a large table for five. As we waited for our waiter, we entertained ourselves looking at the messages etched into the table. In fact, legions of diners have played tic tac toes, written love notes, expressed their emotions on tables across the restaurant.
Now to our meal. Our assorted stack of raisin, banana and blueberry pancakes was perfect. Fluffy, flavorful, melt in your mouth pancakes that made us joyful with every bite. The bruschetta and onion rings consumer sang accolades with every bite. The grilled cheese with tomato hit all the right notes on this cold afternoon. And the eggbeaters with whole wheat toast was the perfect light lunch.
As with every meal at PJ’s, we did not have one morsel of food left on our plates. We were stuffed and pushing ourselves out of our chairs required a bit of effort. Of course, our final question to the manager was when they were opening a location even closer to our home.
Come May PJ’s will be hosting us for more breakfasts, lunches and dinners as they open a new location five minutes from our home.
Don’t just take our word for it. If work or life ever brings you to the Princeton University area, don’t miss a meal here. To get tempted, take a look at their menu below.
PS. Soon, this iconic restaurant will be seen on the big screen in a scene shot by Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck for Runner Runner!