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 bland.
- 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.