I admit it, I am a snob. When the kids begged me to take them to the Red Hot World Buffet in the city centre of Manchester, I was absolutely appalled! Friends had talked about how great it was, and how you could eat as much as you like, it sounded like my idea of hell.
Unfortunately I was forced to go as a friend’s child had chosen this as their birthday ‘treat’. My first surprise was just how big it is, two floors of wall to wall tables, it’s also pretty dark, hopefully I wouldn’t see anyone I knew, or rather they wouldn’t see me! It starts off quite stressful as you’ve no sooner taken off your coat and the kids have disappeared racing round the food stations checking out what they’re going to eat, whilst piling prawn crackers on their plate. It was also extremely busy.
After a quick look round I tried to calm the children down and get them to choose something sensible, I can’t bare wasted food but I do like the kids to try different things. I grudgingly admitted this is a perfect place to try your little ones with a curry or chinese. There are a number of various stations offering all sorts of types of food, literally from “around the world”. From Italy to Mexico and China to India. Mine all liked the spare ribs, and the stir fry noodles are cooked in front of you with your choice of meat, vegetables and a sauce. And dare I say it, it tasted pretty good!
Whatever your food choices you will definitely find something you like, for me it was the turkey carvery with a lentil dhal on the side, and a generous portion of butter naan bread. Odd selection but it seemed to work. Their is a reasonable choice of salads from cous cous, beetroot, carrot to tomato, rocket, humous and olives.
No sooner had you finished one course, you could go back for more and magically your old plates disappeared, either by house elves, or, the very nice staff that negotiated their way round a constantly moving dining room!
For the children though it was the desserts that were the highlight of their day. A huge selection of jellies, ice creams and waffles plus any kind of sauce you wanted. OK, I admit I did try the hot waffles on a stick, and they were gorgeous! For the health conscious there is some sliced fruit on offer.
Suffice to say, the trip was a huge success and we have been back, not once but twice! The kids love it, it’s reasonably priced (kids under 10 are half price) and more importantly with hungry children it’s quick. It’s not gourmet by any stretch, but what a great laugh!
Sun-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri & Sat 12-11pm
Red Hot World Buffet, 48 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2EG
Tel: 0161 819 1240 www.redhotworldbuffet.com