We were invited to review Red Hot World Buffet in Nottingham’s Hockley dsitrict. Hockley is a great area full of vintage shops and independant tea rooms combined with chain restaurants and bars. We have never been to this restaurant, although as a family love to eat out. I think it is important to take children out to restaurants from a young age.

The concept of Red Hot World Buffet is buffet style eating, where you help yourself to a wide selection of dishes (120 in total!). The Nottingham restaurant specialises in Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Italian food.

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime (2pm). It was very busy with lots of families and large parties making the most of the vast array of choice – something for everyone!

OK, so what did we like about the experience…

  • Excellent chance to try something new – both the experience and the food. The boys love spicy food and trying new things so this was a fantastic opportunity.
  • Pasta dishes were cooked fresh and to your specifics. Pizza could also be cooked for your requirements and extra curry dishes too.
  • You can see the chefs at work in the open plan kitchen.
  • The food was hot and tasty.
  • The dessert bar however was heavily stocked and constantly refilled.
  • The chocolate walnut brownie and bakewell tart on the dessert bar was delicious!
  • Plenty of hot and cold plates to choose from.
  • Staff pleasant and attentive.

And what didnt we like…

  • It was very noisy and had a “canteen” feel to it very similar to all-inclusive holidays. It lacked a cosy feel to it so made you feel a little like “eat up and get out”.
  • Salad bar looked a little sad and could have done with being replenished.
  • The tiramisu and strawberry cheesecake tasted very┬ábland.
  • The decor was very tired and the restaurant could do with a refurbishment to freshen it up.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and didn’t need to eat much again that day! I would recommend it for a change but it is more of an everyday meal out than a real treat experience.

 

 

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